Salford City

Peninsula Stadium

Capacity: 5,106 (Seats 2,240)
Address: Salford, M7 3PZ
Telephone: 0161 792 6287
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Ammies
Year Ground Opened: 1978*
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White

North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand
West Terrace
West Terrace
East Terrace
East Terrace
Looking Towards The Home End
Looking Towards The Home End

The Moor Lane football ground is now unrecognisable from what it was like a year ago. The old ground has been completely replaced by four new stands, with the corners enclosed, effectively making it a new stadium. Considering that this was all done in just ten months, is a remarkable achievement. The last stand to be opened was the new Main Stand on the Neville Road side of the ground. This mainly all seated stand is a fairly simple affair with six rows of seats. At the back of the stand, there is a small area of standing and above there is quite a tall retaining 'wall' going to up to the roof. The team dugouts are located at the front of this stand. Although this stand on the Neville Road Stand replaced the old Main Stand, it is the new Moor Lane Stand opposite that has more facilities, with glassed corporate areas at the rear of it. It too is all-seated and is of a similar height to the Neville Road Stand. Both ends have newly covered terraces, with the West Terrace, being the first of the new stands to be constructed of the new stadium. The East Terrace opposite is almost a replica of the West Terrace and all of part of this terrace can be allocated to away supporters. The teams come onto the field of play from the south-west corner of the ground. The transformation of the stadium means that it now meets entry requirements for the Football League, which shows the ambition of the Club.

Overlooking the ground at the North Eastern corner is the tall spire of St Pauls Church. One thing I noticed, is that the new floodlight panels at the ground are in the same outline shape as the Club badge.

In October 2017 the Moor Lane ground was renamed the Peninsula Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. The new stadium was officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Away TerraceAway fans are normally housed on one side of the East Terrace (aka the School End) at one end of the ground. This terrace is covered and the acoustics are quite good, meaning that a relative few numbers of fans can make themselves heard. In addition, 200 seats are made available to visiting supporters in the South Stand, at no extra cost to the entrance fee. With the stadium being erected so quickly then the facilities for fans have yet to fully catch up, with portaloos in place and a burger van to supply food and beverages to visiting supporters.

With ex-Manchester United players; Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs taking a shareholding in the Club, then over the last few years, Salford City's media profile has risen accordingly and so has the Club on the field, with three league promotions in four seasons. The ambitious owners have targeted the Club with achieving Football League status by 2020. A BBC documentary about the Club called; 'The Class of 92 - Out Of Their League' further shone the media spotlight on the Club. So if you can keep eyes on the football rather than trying to 'Celeb spot' in the crowd, then you will be doing well!

There is currently no clubhouse at the ground (although a new one is being planned). Instead, the Club have put in place some refreshment units behind the stands which serve alcohol, including a craft beer outlet run by the Seven Bro7hers Brewery in Salford. However, these are only made available to home fans, with no alcohol on sale to away supporters. Although the Peninsula Stadium is situated in a largely residential area, there are no pubs within easy walking distance of Moor Lane.

Moor Lane is located just over two miles away from Junction 17 of the M60. The ground is not located in Salford itself, but in the nearby area of Kersal.

From the M60 at Junction 17 take the A56 towards Manchester City Centre. Keep straight along the A56 and after passing a Lidl stare on the left with a Carphone Warehouse on the opposite side of the road, then take the third turning on the right (at the traffic lights and signposted Oaklands Hall/St Pauls Church) into Moor Lane. For the main entrance take the next left into Nevile Road and you will reach the ground down on the right, after the school.

There is no parking available at the ground for visiting supporters, plus the streets in the immediate vicinity of the ground have a residents only scheme in operation. So please check signage on lamp posts for details of parking restrictions, as wardens out on patrol on matchdays. However, there is street parking to be had on Moor Lane itself and other streets located a little further away from the ground, such as Kersal Moor Road. Parking here also has the added benefit that you can get away pretty easily after the match, as at the top of Kersal Moor Road, you can turn right towards Prestwich (for M60 North) or left towards Swinton (for M61 and M60 South).

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Although there are some smaller railway stations that are slightly nearer to Moor Lane, it is not worth travelling out to them as you'll still be almost three miles away from the ground. Manchester Victoria is the closest mainline station, which is just over three miles away and probably too far to walk. Either take a taxi up to the ground or from the Victoria Station approach you can catch First Bus No: 97 or 98 along Bury New Road towards Bury. This bus stops just after the end of Moor Lane (the road not the ground), just past the Hazeldean Hotel. The journey time is around 18 minutes. More information can be found on the Transport For Greater Manchester website.

Andrew Beverton a visiting Leyton Orient supporter adds; 'We took a taxi from Manchester Piccadilly to the Salford City ground which cost £12.50. We were unable to get a taxi after the match had ended and so we walked up to the main road and caught a bus into Manchester City Centre which cost £2.50 each'.

The nearest Metro Tram stop to the Peninsula Stadium is at Crumpsall, which is approximately one and three-quarter miles away to the east and would take about 35 minutes to walk. 

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Adults £10
Concessions £5
Under 5's Free*

Concessions apply to those who are aged 60 and over, Under 16's and Students with ID.

*When accompanied by an adult.

Official Matchday Programme £2

Salford City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

FC United of Manchester, Curzon Ashton

Record Attendance

4,200 v Class of 92
Friendly Match, 12th November 2017

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 1,611 (National League North)
2016-2017: 1,395 (National League North)
2015-2016: 642 (Northern Premier League)

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Thanks to Will Moorcoft of Salford City Football Club, Dave Hollands and Dwayne Owen for providing the photos of the new stands at the Peninsula Stadium Moor Lane Salford City.

Salford City v Maidstone United
National League
Saturday 9th August 2018, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
I have nearly completed all the grounds in the National League. I had left Salford City to one of the last to be visited so that I could see the new stands, having seen the old ground on television. Also Manchester is a difficult journey for me from Ipswich by train, but there is some good scenery to take in when crossing the Pennines.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The direct train got into Manchester Piccadilly a few minutes late. I had intended to then catch a through train to Victoria but I was told that they weren’t running due to yet another driver’s strike, so I had to use a tram. It was teeming with rain in Manchester (doesn’t it always rain there?). I had done my homework well and so was none too pleased to find the bus stops for the 97 and 98 buses to the ground closed due to roadworks. I realised that it was hopeless trying to find the alternative stops as I was getting soaked so I returned to the station and got a taxi. It cost me £8 and of course, I then didn’t have a walk in the rain along Moor Lane.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As the facilities at the ground are all outside of the stands anyone not undercover was getting very wet but I had my usual walk around before selecting a seat on the Moor Lane side. The actual stands look impressive but all the other facilities, including the dressing rooms, are in containers, which will no doubt be replaced next. I spoke to all the people around my seat and surprisingly none of them were local, and no, I wasn’t in the away area! Three with Scottish accents, three from Crewe and others. Clearly, this helped boost the crowd to 2,272.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
As I’ve said above although the stands are a vast improvement on what was there before, it is still very much a work in progress. Luckily by half time the rain had eased as there were very long queues for food and drink.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Salford had the ball in the net within two minutes but it was offside. Both sides had chances throughout the first half but it remained 0-0. The only goal of the game came in the 47th minute. Salford took a corner and the Maidstone number 15 rose high above everyone else and powered a header directly into his own goal. Maybe he forgot that they had changed ends! His incredible own goal decided the match.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I left the ground slightly early and walked along Moor Lane to the bus stop. It took about 15 minutes to Victoria station. The direct trains from Manchester to East Anglia are hopelessly slow in the evenings and it was much quicker to go via Leeds. Two fast trains and one semi-fast got me home at bed time!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Had it not been for the uncertainty over the trains and bus stops in Manchester and the rain it would have been a good day out. Only one left in the National League.

Salford City v Leyton Orient
National League
Saturday 4th August 2018, 12.30pm
Jeremy Gold (Leyton Orient fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
This was the first game of the season for my team Leyton Orient and my first visit to Moor Lane. Plus it was actually the nearest game of the season for me being based about 15 miles away.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It’s a simple journey for me but coming from Manchester if you’re using public transport it is a little bit more tricky. I actually walked in from town which takes around 50 minutes or so.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There is absolutely nothing to do around Moor Lane so I just caught up with friends. The sun was shining so it was okay to just be sat outside, on a bad day and many of those we get in the North West it might not be so great. Didn’t really interact with many home fans at all but there was no hassle with anyone at the game.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
The Peninsula Stadium is very simple in its design, more than adequate for this standard but feels very temporary. You can see how they managed to put it together so quickly, it has been constructed in the main instead of being built. There are terraces behind each goal and seats along the side. They say the capacity is just over 5,000, there was 2,100 in there and I’m not sure where another 2,900 or so would actually fit in.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The stewards were very friendly and did their job quietly but efficiently. There are portable toilets in the away end that are shared between males and females, not great in my opinion. The food was from a burger van, I didn’t have any but was told by those that did it was okay. There was no beer for away fans which didn’t go down very well with people at all. They obviously have the money to be splashing out on a good team so I think they need to be investing quickly in the facilities for visiting fans. As there is nothing around the ground I feel this is a bit of a priority. The game was pretty good to be fair, two sides who played decent football and could have both won it. The O’s scored a late equaliser which obviously went down well with the travelling faithful and sent us away happy.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was very easy as we just walked back into town. Moor Lane itself was quite busy with cars just after the game so may have taken a while to get through if you were in a car.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I’d rate my experience at say at 6.5 out of 10. Salford have come on leaps and bounds in a few years and the ground is okay but still needs a few more things doing to it to get a higher score from me. They obviously have the money to invest in a good team but part of having a great club is having great facilities as well. There is nothing really wrong with the facilities, they just could be improved. Some non-Orient supporting friends of mine went onto watch a game at Ashton United in the afternoon and said that was a better experience, that sums it up rather nicely I would say. Good luck to Salford in their quest to climb the leagues, undoubtedly with the money they have they will get there. However, will they have run before they can walk in terms of the fans facilities.

Salford City v Southport
National League North
Monday 28th August 2017, 3pm
Stephen Calvert (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Moor Lane Ground?
 
This is the first league game of the season I have been able to attend at the newly rebuilt Moor Lane Ground. As there were no Football League games this Bank Holiday (I'm a Bolton Wanderers fan) and the weather was nice, it seemed like a good idea to get a Salford game in. I did go once before in a Pre-Season friendly against FC United of Manchester, but the ground then was very much still a work in progress.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I live in Swinton so it's fairly local but a friend of mine drove us down anyway. We parked on the hill on Moor Lane as there are still no parking restrictions on that road.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We got into the ground an hour before kick off, as I was aware that they sold beer from the local Seven Bro7hers Brewery in Salford and I was not disappointed. Others had clearly had the same idea and the ground was already fairly busy.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Moor Lane Stadium?
 
The two end terraces are both exactly the same and a fairly standard all metal prefabricated construction. The Moor Lane stand along one side is all seater and is seven rows deep. There is what appears to be a corporate area at the back of the stand which looks out onto the pitch. The Main Stand as of yet is still missing and construction has yet to start. The changing rooms are still shipping containers.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was decent with Salford winning it 2-1 late on due to a terrible own goal from Southport near the end. Salford probably just shaded it. The atmosphere was friendly and a bit of singing would break out, but as expected Salford are still to create a strong number of core fans and are a lot of people's 'second team', just like myself, so the atmosphere is still a bit lacking. It is getting better though. It must be said though that plenty of noise was created in the fairly crowded terrace when Salford scored. The facilities are brand new with four shipping containing for the bars, food and club shop and the same for the toilets, which are a HUGE improvement from the old ones. There are two bars. One selling your usual stuff (Carlsberg etc.) but there is also a separate Seven Brothers Bar. The beer is brewed in Salford and must be some of the best in English Football. Massive Kudos for this especially at £3.50 a pint!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy even with a crowd on 1,750.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I very much enjoyed another visit to Moor Lane. It was helped by the fantastic weather, result, and beer. Obviously!

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* Although Salford moved into Moor Lane in 1978, the ground had been used previously for many years for a variety of sports.

Updated 13th September 2018

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