Chippenham Town

Hardenhuish Park

Capacity: 3,000 (Seats 300)
Address: Bristol Road, Chippenham, SN14 6LR
Telephone: 01249 650400
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Bluebirds
Year Ground Opened: 1919
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: All Blue

Main Stand
Main Stand
North Side
North Side
Bristol Road End
Bristol Road End
Looking Towards The Open End
Looking Towards The Open End

Main Stand External ViewTucked away in a leafy part of town you could easily drive past Hardenhuish Park and not know it was there. The ground sits in the centre of a number of other sporting facilities, including cricket, tennis, bowls and hockey. In fact, you proceed along a meandering path, past the entrance to the Chippenham Sports Club to reach the entrance gates of Hardenhuish Park. Once inside you are presented with a hot potch mixture of stands. However, the ground has character and is pleasing to the eye, with plenty of trees and greenery on view around the outside perimeter. 

On one side of the ground is the Main Stand. This small covered seated stand runs for around a third of the length of the pitch, straddling the half way line. It is unknown for sure when this was built, however judging by the unusual shape of the roof and supporting pillars, I would say that it is at least 1950's if not older. It contains four rows of seating and above is a glassed area which houses the club bar. The Main Stand has also been extended recently with the addition of a small prefabricated covered seated area to each side. Towards the open end of the ground there a few portakabins two of which have been stacked on top of one another. I believe one of these is used a corporate/Directors area. On the other side of the Main Stand there is a small portion of open terrace.

Opposite is a strange affair. A small covered standing area runs down the complete length of the pitch. It is comprised of a number of joining sections that descend as the pitch slopes downwards towards the Bristol Road End. It also a fair number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. The small team dugouts are located on this side, which is unusual considering the Main Stand and team dressing rooms are located on the other side of the pitch. At the Bristol Road End is a small prefabricated covered terrace which is only a few steps high. At the opposite end is a small open concrete terrace which comprises of three steps and is set back a little from the playing action. Beyond one corner of the ground can be seen a large white dome, which a multi-sport indoor facility. The ground has a set of eight floodlight pylons, four of which run down each side.

Welcome To Hardenhuish Park SignNormally games are not segregated at Hardenhuish Park. In the rare event that they are, then away fans are housed in the open terraced end. Around 450 fans can be accommodated in this area. If fans are not segregated then you can access the Blues Bar and Club Catering by the Main Stand. Food on offer includes; Double Cheeseburgers (£4), Cheeseburgers (£3), Double Burgers (£3.50), Burgers (£2.50), Hot Dogs (£3), Chips (£2), Sausage & Chips (£4.50) and Chip Butties (£2.50). Normally a relaxed and enjoyable day out.

Blues Bar SignThere is a clubhouse inside the ground called the Blues Bar. It is located above the Main Stand and enjoys good views over Hardenhuish Park. Unless fans are segregated then the bar is open to all visitors and is also open at half time. Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be any pubs located near to the ground. Chippenham Town Centre is around a 15-20 minute walk away where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Probably the closest is the Brunel pub on New Road. Near to the railway station, there is the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed Old Road Tavern on Old Road. Whilst located in the Borough Parade Shopping Centre is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Bridge House.

Leave the M4 at Junction 17 and take the A350 towards Chippenham. After around two and a half miles you will reach a roundabout (where there is a services area on one side). Take the first exit at the roundabout onto the B4158 towards the town centre. At the next traffic lights turn right onto Hardenhuish :Lane. At the bottom of Hardenhuish Lane you will reach a double mini roundabout, where at the first roundabout you take the first exit onto Bristol Road (signposted Town Centre).After a quarter of a mile you will reach a small car park on your left (look out for the blue Chippenham Town FC welcome sign). Just after the car park there is the entrance road to the Sports and Football Club.

There is no car parking available at the Club itself. There is the small car park which is mentioned above, that is free, otherwise street parking.

Chippenham Railway Station is located around three quarters a mile away from Hardenhuish Park and takes about 15 minutes to walk. The station is served by trains from London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads, Southampton and Cheltenham Spa. Exit the platform using the tall uncovered steps at the far end of the station. Turn right at the top, cross the lines and as you go down the steps leaving the station, you need to walk straight ahead into Union Road. At the end of this road turn left into New Road, and with the railway bridge on your left, cross New Road at the traffic lights. Once you've crossed the road you go straight on (the A 420 signposted Bristol East.). Keep straight on this road for around half a mile and shortly after it becomes Bristol Road, you will reach the ground entrance road on your right (look out for a small car park and Chippenham Sports/Football Club welcome signs at the entrance).

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Terrace:

Adults £12
Senior Citizens £7
Under 19's £3 (or Free if accompanied by an adult)

Seating

An additional £1 transfer fee is payable inside the ground to access the seating areas.

Official Matchday Programme: £2

Chippenham Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Bath City and Gloucester City.

Record Attendance

4,800 v Chippenham United
Western League, 1951

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 600 (National League South)
2016-2017: 459 (Southern League Premier Division)

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Chippenham Town v Eastbourne Borough
National League South
Saturday 31st March 2018, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Hardenhuish Park?
 
As anyone who is doing, or has done the 92 will know, the more you do the harder it is to do the rest and fit in-between your own teams fixtures. The same applies for the National Leagues, and having now done Chippenham, it only leaves me two in the National League South.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Trains were fairly quiet as it was a bank holiday Saturday, but with the Great Eastern main line closed for engineering works, I travelled from Suffolk via Cambridge and Kings Cross. The walk from Chippenham railway station was straightforward, but I did find a slightly shorter route than the one given in this guide.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I met up with my friend Erik from Cardiff and having eaten our packed lunches we had plenty of time to spare before kick off. The turnstiles were open early so we had a look around inside the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Hardenhuish Park?
 
As mentioned in the guide, the ground is a real hotch-potch of stands, not too dissimilar to those I have been seeing in leagues below this. However, I did find the actual seats very comfortable and had plenty of leg room in the back row above the access steps.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
As a contest, the game was all over within 35 minutes with Chippenham 3-0 up and playing up the slope and against the strong wind. They added a fourth towards the end.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I left after the fourth goal so that I could catch the 16.55 train direct to London, and also I needed to get warmed up as the wind was bitter. It was Easter after all!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
All travel went to plan and with four good goals it was entertaining also. Much more than my Ipswich Town at present, I must say, having been beaten by Birmingham today! Someone I know will be pleased about that, no doubt!

Chippenham Town v Bath City
National League South
Saturday 23rd December 2017, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Groundhopper)

Reasons for visit Entrance Turnstiles
With the Christmas shopping done and work over for another year I had a blank day as it were in the run up to the festive season. For a number of personal reasons I had not been to a game for 15 months. It seemed an ideal time to resume. I’m not enamoured of ‘big money’ football any more so I thought a West Country local derby at Level 6 in the League Pyramid, within reasonable travelling distance would suit. 

Chippenham are another Hungerford – a little known club performing adequately if not spectacularly at this level. And it is always nice to be the first to post a review of a club on this website. 

Getting there
A straightforward train journey from Newbury changing at Reading landed me at Chippenham at 13.45. The connection time at Reading allowed me to buy a packed lunch and consume it on the train – very civilised.

First impressions
Hardenhuish Park, as this guide suggests, is set in an attractive area amid sports fields. I liked the fact that it was set back from the main road thus keeping it away from the traffic and giving it a slightly secluded feel. The outside of the stadium was welcoming with those lovely old turnstile booths and a quaint device on wheels serving club merchandise. In fact, I struggled to find anything modern at this ground. Did I like that! 

Club Shop

Inside could be found a real hotchpotch of stands and terraces with good old-fashioned corrugated iron. You can’t beat it. Of note was the presence of three catering outlets (one temporary) which I did not use but did note the prices at the Blue Birds by the main entrance. 

Burger £3 Double burger £4.50 Cheeseburger £3.50 Double Cheeseburger £5 Hot dog £3.50 Chips £3 Sausage and chips £4.50 Cheese buttie £2.50

Bordering the ground were a number of lofty trees mainly willow and pine. Again these gave the ground a nice feel.

Before the game
Arriving early as is my routine, there was time plenty of time to take photos inside and out for the guide. Surprisingly the time went quickly - it doesn’t always and though I bought a programme I didn’t have much chance to read it. It was a double header to save time and money so was printed for the Hungerford game as well.  I did note that it was of a very high standard and stuffed full of facts and figures.

A Packed Bristol End

Bristol End Terrace On Matchday

The game
I was anticipating a good game and that’s what the crowd got. The attendance of 1,502 (impressive for this level) was boosted by a strong away following who sang merrily. Some tuneful and some rather colourful and not exactly appropriate to the season of goodwill. I watched the first half from the North side and the second half from the Open End and had a good view of the action throughout. It was dry but dull, with a cold breeze.

The first goal to the visitors on 11 minutes and scored by Tom Smith (a Swindon Town loanee) stemmed from a misplaced pass eagerly intercepted and fired with aplomb into the net. The second on 31 was a hotly disputed penalty after an intricate move had laid the home defence bare. Contact there may have been but the player fouled jumped like a scalded rabbit. Jack Compton’s penalty was nearly saved by the home keeper’s left arm, but trickled into the corner. 2-0 to the Romans at the interval. In the second half Bath kept pressing and were rewarded on 67 minutes when that man Smith again was cleverly put in by Opi Edwards and he made no mistake. 3-0.

Getting away
It was an easy 15 minute stroll back to Chippenham station in time for the 17.25 back to Reading.

Overall thoughts
After a long time away from the game I was pleased to be back and my faith in the game has to some extent been restored. I will however stick to non-league and/or Scotland for the time-being thanks all the same. I certainly enjoyed the day amongst friendly people at a pleasant location with no issues.

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Updated 24th October 2018

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