Slough Town

Arbour Park

Capacity: 2,000 (Seats 500)
Address: Stoke Rd, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 5AY*
Telephone: 07792 126124
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: The Rebels
Year Ground Opened: 2016
Home Kit: Amber and Navy Blue

Main Stand External
Main Stand External
Main Stand
Main Stand
East Stand
East Stand
North Terrace
North Terrace
South Terrace
South Terrace
Arbour Park
Arbour Park

Arbour Park Welcome SignArbour Park still has that 'shiny new' look, having been opened in late 2016. Normally most new builds nowadays are fairly boring affairs, but pleasingly Arbour Park is a little different, mainly down to the smart looking Main Stand on one side of the pitch. From the outside, this stand that runs around half the length of the pitch and sits astride the halfway line is particularly eye-catching with a central column flanked by two semi-circular metal facades. The curves continue over the roof, extending over the 250 seats below. This seating area is comprised of eight rows. With no supporting pillars to contend with and with the rake of the stand being quite steep, then supporters can enjoy fine views of the playing action. Even the team dugouts are located on each side of the stand rather than the normal in front position. Behind the seated area, there is a tall glass frontage, which further enhances the overall look. Interestingly on either side of the stand are raised outdoor areas, that have a number of tables and chairs. I am not sure if fans using the Main Stand have access to these areas or whether they are for corporate use, but nevertheless they a nice touch and a bit different to what you normally see at grounds.

Opposite the Main Stand is the East Stand. This small covered all seated stand is four rows high and runs for around a third of the length of the pitch, on the halfway line. It has a small curved roof. Both ends have small covered terraces that more or less extend the full width of the pitch. They are prefabricated in nature meaning that the terrace steps and retaining back wall are made of metal. The North End is the home end of the ground and is overlooked from behind by a large HEA office block. In the North East corner of the stadium, there is a rather tall telephone mast, so I trust you can get a good WiFi signal inside the ground! Arbour Park is completed with a set of eight floodlights, four of which run down each side of the ground.

The opening of Arbour Park in December 2016, was a major milestone for the Club, finally returning to their Slough hometown after an absence of 13 years. They had vacated their former Wexham Park ground in 2003 and had been forced to groundshare elsewhere until Arbour Park was built. 

View From The Away TerraceFor most games at Arbour Park then fans are not segregated. If segregation is in place then visiting supporters are mostly housed in the South Terrace at one end of the stadium. This covered terrace comprises six rows and has a capacity of around 700. In addition, a number of seats which are also undercover are made available to away fans in the East Stand. Although the ground looks good it is lacking in facilities, especially when segregation is in force. For example, toilets and food/drink outlets are brought in for the match. On my visit, there was a reasonable atmosphere inside the ground and the welcome friendly, with the stewards taking a relaxed approach. Although I thought it was amusing that due to the low stadium perimeter fence on the Main Stand side of the stadium, it was quite easy to peer over it from the car park and watch part of the game for nothing. The stadium is a completely no smoking/vaping one. However, stewards will allow fans to exit the stadium and re-enter if they need a smoke. In my case, the steward used a biro pen to mark a cross on the back of my hand as a sign that I had already paid to get in. It may be a modern ground but.....

There is a bar in the Main Stand that away supporters can use if the match is not segregated. This bar serves real ale from the Rebellion Brewery and fans are able to enjoy the outside elevated veranda, that overlooks Arbour Park. For bigger games, where a large away following is expected. then a basic outside bar is provided in the away section which serves beer up to 15 minutes before kick off. The nearest pub is the Lemon Tree on Shaggy Calf Lane, around a 5-10 minute walk away from Arbour Park. Otherwise, Slough Town Centre is around a 15-20 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs to be found, including a Wetherspoons outlet located on the High Street called the Moon & Spoon.

From the M4
Leave the M4 at Junction 6 and then head towards Slough on theA355, go straight through roundabout until you reach a main set of lights. (A4) then turn right and head East towards Slough Town Centre on the A4 for approx. two miles. At the main set of lights turn left onto B416 signposted for slough cemetery & crematorium then follow this road you will go through several sets of lights an Arbour Park will be on your right.

From the M40
Leave the M40 at Junction 2 and follow the A355 towards Slough and then take a left turn onto Parish Lane at The Indian Courtyard Restaurant and follow this road until it ends, turn right onto Windsor Road (B416) and follow this road until you reach a mini roundabout, take the second exit towards Slough Cemetery & Crematorium with Arbour Park will be on your left.

Car Parking
There are a limited number of spaces available at Arbour Park itself, on matchdays, which are free. Parking is also available at the nearby Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy, off Stoke Road (SL2 5AY). For some larger games then free parking is also made available to visiting supporters at St Joseph's School (SL2 5HW), the entrance to which is off Shaggy Calf Lane. Otherwise, use a town centre car park and walk to the ground (around 15-20 minutes) or street parking, but not along Stoke Road that runs past the ground.

Thanks to John Aitken for providing the directions.

Slough Railway Station is located around 3/4's of a mile away from Arbour Park. The station is served by trains from London Paddington. To walk to Arbour Park from the station should take around 15 minutes. Turn right out of the main station entrance and walk up to the main road, passing Slough Bus Station on your left, (where you can if you wish, catch a Redline Number WP1 bus from Bay 13 with the destination of Wexham Park Hospital to Stoke Road at Calf Lane for the ground). At the top of the road then turn right along the main Stoke Road (signposted Gerrards Cross B416). Keep on straight along Stoke Road and you will eventually reach Arbour Park on your right.

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Adults £13
Over 65's £9
Under 18's Students £5
Under 16's £3*

* Under 5's are admitted free. Under 13's must be accompanied by an adult. 

Matchday Programme: £2

Slough Town Fixture List (takes you to the official Slough Town FC website).

Maidenhead United.

Record Attendance

At Arbour Park
1,950 v Rochdale
FA Cup Second Round, 4th December 2017.

Average Attendance
2017/2018: 666 (Southern League Premier Division)

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Slough Town v Woking
National League South
Saturday 17th November 2018, 3pm
Mike Ruthers (Woking)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Arbour Park?
 
With Woking being relegated from the Conference last season it gave the opportunity to visit a number of new grounds, including Slough. After five successive home matches in October, it was our thirs away game in a week after successful trips to Torquay United and Gloucester City so we were hopeful of making it three wins out of three.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It’s a fairly straightforward journey by car from Woking of around 50 minutes despite going through what seems like 20 sets of traffic lights in Slough Town Centre. Parked for free behind the away end at Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy as we were there early – the car park was full by around 2:15pm.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There didn’t seem to be many pubs nearby so we went to the bar inside the ground which was allocated for away fans. Decent set up with friendly staff and was relatively easy to get served.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Arbour Park?
 
Arbour Park looks like most other new non-league grounds these days with a 3G pitch, small stands running down both sides and covered terracing at either end. With the game being segregated (a rarity at Slough I think) we were allocated the terrace at one end of the ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A fairly end to end game with both teams having lots of possession in spells but struggling to create many clear-cut chances. Woking took the lead from a corner after half an hour and held on for a 1-0 away win, despite not having a shot on target in the rest of the match! There were 457 Woking fans behind the goal with the compact terrace enabling a good atmosphere to be created. The home fans at the other end were fairly vocal, especially when Slough were trying to force an equaliser in the last few minutes. Unfortunately, the tea and coffee facilities weren’t working and with a can of coke being £2, we decided to not to bother getting refreshments at half time. Toilets were temporary - I assume as it was segregated - with no hand washing facilities available. Obviously not the best situation!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Straight into the car behind the away terrace and away within a minute – a very quick getaway.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Good, enjoyable day out with friendly people. Facilities slightly lacking but I'm sure these will improve if segregation becomes more common. I would definitely visit again should we be in the same league next season.

Slough Town v Woking
National League South
Saturday 17th November 2018, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Ground hopper)

Reasons for visit
Well with short evenings upon us I don’t venture too far for football leading in the weeks leading up to Christmas. As Slough is just up the road and with both teams playing well, plus a local derby to boot this looked like a good game to sample. It is also conveniently close to my model railway emporium so I called in there en route and killed two birds with one stone which was highly convenient.

Getting there
It is an easy Journey from Newbury, with one change of train at Reading. Once in Slough, it is but a short walk to the stadium along Stoke Poges Road.

First impressions
I rather liked this ground. True it is very modern, but there is no question that the facilities are superb. As it is set just back from the road there is ample space inside and out in which to circulate. It does indeed have that spacious feel that sometimes is missing, despite the fact that Arbour Park has the smallest ground capacity in the National League South. Everything is very well organised here and once again stewards were friendly and engaging. One feature I noted was the very large interval between the home and away dugouts. Normally opposing managers are within striking distance (not literally one hopes!), but here they are kept well apart. The artificial 3G pitch means few if any postponements but I found the colour somewhat strange. But if it means accurate passing that can only be a good thing. The Main Stand is chunky and prominent without ever dominating, but fitted in well to the ambience of the stadium as a whole. The ground is bordered by two modern schools which seemed appropriate and trees bearing mistletoe which given the time of year also seemed appropriate! The ground appears to tremble slightly every time a plane takes off from Heathrow, which is close of course. I did wonder what that rumbling noise was.

Arbour Park

Arbour Park Slough Town

Before the game
Eating facilities were a bit thin on the ground, but I eventually plumped for a Lamb Kofta burger at a local café. I hasten to add that this is not my normal dietary routine, but this was Slough so when in Rome as the saying goes……. Feeling hungrier than usual and on a cold day I needed something warm and filling. It certainly satisfied that requirement. 

With time on my hands, I sauntered along the road to the ground passing the terminus of the Slough Arm of the Grand Union canal en route and then crossed the evocatively named Shaggy Calf Road before finding the stadium ten minutes later on my right. 

This was one of those rare games where segregation was in force (although three sides were available to us neutrals). Weighing up the options I chose to sit in the Main stand which afforded an excellent view across the pitch and had the advantage of not being troubled by a low sun in the west.

The game
This was a lively matter with good attacking intent from both sides into which was stirred a fair amount of needle, some histrionics from the Woking coaching staff and one or two pretty hefty challenges, two of which merited a yellow card. Whilst never dirty, the referee had to intervene more than once to calm down players and touchline staff alike. 

Back to the football. It was a shame that this match was settled by a soft goal coming on 30 minutes from Ben Gerring.  Poorly marked from a Woking corner he was able to nod the ball home past a bemused goalkeeper. Slough huffed and puffed and came close to an equaliser on 70 minutes the ball pinging off the crossbar after a goalmouth melee. However ,the two Woking centre backs were like a brick wall and there was no way through for the home side. 1-0 to Woking.

Getting away
It got very cold in the second half with the sun dipping down and a half moon rising, coupled with a keen wind, so the brisk walk back to Slough Station warmed me up nicely. I just squeaked the 17.08 Slough to Reading train and changing there was back in Newbury by 18.05.

Overall thoughts
Once again an enjoyable day out in a trouble-free environment. Not the most memorable game I’ve been to, but it certainly had its moments and good value entertainment.

Also an impressive attendance for this one – 1,465

Slough Town v Hampton and Richmond Borough
National League South
Saturday 4th August 2018, 3pm
Michael Kimberley (Ninety-Two Club)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Arbour Park?
 
It is the first week of the season and a week before the first Premier League matches so I decided to tick off my last ground in National South.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I traveled by train into London via Paddington and apart from the Tube being very hot, all went well.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I got to the ground around an hour before kick-off and had a pasty at £2. Very tasty. The staff and fans all seemed friendly.
 
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Arbour Park?
 
John Betjeman's "Now friendly bombs come fall on Slough! It isn't fit for humans now" is no longer apt. This is a new build and finished superbly. I assume that the local council has funded a great deal of this but I could be wrong. This is a very comfortable little ground. The stewarding seemed to be mainly volunteers but they were many, efficient and polite, even asking two people who had stood in front of me, to move, before I had to. Even the toilets were beautifully clean!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The weather was perfect for England cricketers to have contrived an unlikely 31 run victory over India in the morning and It was way too hot to be watching football let alone playing. Hampton looked like a strong and organised team but the final result of 1-1 seemed fair.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It is an easy walk to the ground from the railway station, but I got a bus there and back which was £3 return.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A nice start to the season with a top up for the tan!

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* This is the address of the Arbour Park Stadium. The Football Club address for correspondence is: Slough Town FC, Stowe Road, Slough, Berks, SL1 5QF

Updated 5th December 2018

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