Welling United

Park View Road

Capacity: 4,500 (Seats 1,000)
Address: Park View Road, Welling, DA16 1SY
Telephone: 020 8301 1196
Fax: 020 8301 5676
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Wings
Year Ground Opened: 1977*
Home Kit: Red With White Trim

Main Stand
Main Stand
East Stand
East Stand
Danson Park End
Danson Park End
High Street End
High Street End

On one side is a classic old looking seated Main Stand. This stand which was opened in 1950 (and extended later in the 1960's) is covered and runs for about 2/3rds of the length of the pitch. The angle of the stand is quite steep, meaning that fans are kept quite close to the playing action, however there are a row of supporting pillars running across the front of the stand which could impede your view. Opposite is the much newer East Stand which was opened in 2002. Also known as the Cricket Club side this stand is all covered and all seated. It has a capacity of 600. However it only runs half the length of the pitch (towards the Danson Park End) and has a pair of pillars on either side which also serve as floodlight pylons. One of these could impede your view of the playing action down at the High Street End. On the other side of te East Stand is an ugly looking building which houses a social club and adjacent to this is a flat standing area. 

Both ends are open terraces. The larger of these is at the Danson Park End, which looks quite picturesque with a number of large trees behind it. Opposite is the smaller High Street End. This end is located very close to the main road and passengers on the upper deck of passing buses can see into the ground. There is some netting at the back of the terrace to help prevent balls being kicked over, but I am sure that every now and again a stray ball must make it over! The ground is shared with Erith and Belvedere FC.

When segregation is in force the away fans are allocated the whole of the East Stand and the Danson Park Terrace. The terrace is open to the elements so if the weather forecast is not good, then it may be an idea to seek out one of the seats in the East Stand, as they are under roof. There are 600 seats with around 400 standing places available. Normally a good and relaxed day out. The proximity of the High Street means that there are plenty of eating and drinking choices available.

As mentioned there is a Social Club at the ground that welcomes away fans. The entrance is located just outside the ground by the turnstiles. Otherwise almost next door to the stadium is a pub called the ‘Guy Earl of Warwick’. Further along the High Street there are a number of others pubs including the Rose & Crown, the Nag's Head and a Wetherspoon pub called the New Cross Turnpike. There is also an interesting micro pub on the High Street called the Door Hinge, which is well recommended and is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It sells only real ale and cider, but seats just 22 people. If you take a left out of the ground onto the main road, then passing the Guy Earl Of Warwick pub on your left then you'll reach in this order on the right; the Rose and Crown, the Door Hinge, the Nag's Head and then the Wetherspoons pub is further down on the left (past Tescos and KFC).

Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and take the A2 towards Central London. Leave the A2 at the third exit (signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup).  Take the A221 towards Bexleyheath and at the next roundabout turn right (3rd exit) continue towards Bexleyheath. You will go under a bridge that carries the A2. At the next roundabout take the second exit into Danson Road. Follow this road until your reach a T-junction. At these traffic lights turn left into Park View Road. The ground is down on the left. There is no car park at the ground as such, but there is plenty of street parking available.

Welling Railway Station is situated just under a mile away from the Park View Road ground. It is served by trains from London Cannon Street and London Charing Cross. As you come out of the station entrance go down the access road and at the bottom of this road turn left onto Central Avenue. This leads onto a T-Junction with Bellegrove Road (there is the Plough & Harrow pub in front of you which shows SKY Sports) at which you turn left. Continue straight along Bellegrove Road and this leads into the High Street. The ground is further down the High Street on your right.

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Adults £13
Over 65's £9
Under 18's £5
Under 12's Free (when accompanied by a paying adult)

Seats cost £2 per person more, paid as a transfer fee within the ground.

Official Programme £3

Dartford, Bromley and Ebbsfleet United.

Welling United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance
4,100 v Gillingham
FA Cup 1st Round, 22nd November 1989.

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 684 (National League South)
2017-2018: 533 (National League South)
2016-2017: 537 (National League South)

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Welling United v Truro City
National League South
Saturday 9th December 2017, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Park View Road Ground?
I'd been saving Welling for a dark December day and this day fitted the bill. Being within the London Travelcard zone the return rail fare was only £26.90 from Suffolk where I live with good timings too. Also, the Park View Road ground is not too far from the railway station.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey was easy travelling from Ipswich to London and then taking the underground train to London Bridge, to catch an overground train out to Welling
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
It was a bright sunny afternoon but very cold, and as I had time to spare I had a walk in Danson Park which is just to the south of Welling's ground. The nearest gate is down Danson Lane. There is a large house in the park and close to that is a pub and restaurant. I didn't go inside as I had my sandwiches. I found a seat near the vast lake with my back to the biting west wind. Nearby there were cormorants, herons, Canada geese, green parakeets and the more usual seagulls, mallards, moorhens and a robin.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Park View Road Stadium?
Needing to get warm, I went in the club bar upstairs overlooking the pitch. The Main Stand is very quirky to say the least. Some of the steps into and around the stand are very big and very steep. Access to some areas of the seats seems to be by walking along beside the pitch and immediately in front of the dugouts, which seemed very strange. The new red plastic seats in this stand were comfortable. The stand on the other side of the pitch looked far more modern, but would not have been as attractive to sit in as the wind was blowing into that stand.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Welling United were one up in the 19th minute but were pegged back to 1-1 only six minutes later. Four minutes into the second half Truro City took the lead, but Welling equalised from an excellent free kick. Despite plenty of goalmouth action it remained 2-2 until the end. Considering the distance there was a reasonable number of away fans who made themselves heard in both halves. 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
After the sun had gone down the temperature plummeted and by the middle of the second half it was teeth-chatteringly cold! I left a few minutes before the end to warm up with a quick walk back to the railway station and caught the 17.04 to London. I was back in Ipswich at 19.45.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I was so lucky that it was sunny and not a wet day, as the walk in Danson Park was enjoyable.

Welling United v Cheltenham Town
National Conference League
Saturday 5th March 2016, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Park View Road ground?

Having witnessed the horror show at Brighton a few days earlier, I was quite glad to let someone use my season ticket at Elland Road today! So it was a quick return down south and a chance to get another non league ground ticked off.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Went by train from Leeds to Kings Cross, then a tube to Charing Cross, then another train to Welling. It was then a 20 minute walk to the ground - all very straightforward.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I stayed in central London as I had travelled down with my Daughters, who were going to watch a show - a couple of drinks with them and then I went straight into the ground after walking from Welling train station. So although I didn't sample anything locally, there was a wide range of food/drink options all along the High Street.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Park View Road ground?

As I've posted on other ground reviews, I'm a huge fan of "traditional" grounds and as these are quickly disappearing at league level, non-league is the place to still enjoy watching football as I remember it from the 70s/80's. The Main Stand is fantastic, lots of stanchions and with the seats banked up, so you feel you are literally sitting on the touchline. In the second half, I stood on the open terrace at the High Street End, with a hailstorm for company for much of the time...it wouldn't be for everyone, but I loved it!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was a very even game and certainly not a top versus bottom encounter, like when I'd seen Cheltenham earlier in the season (at Southport) And you'd be kicking yourself if you left early towards the end, as both goals were scored in injury time!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy stroll back along the High Street, back at Kings Cross for 6.15pm and home for 9.45pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Another great football day out and new ground 288 safely ticked off - although my Daughters wouldn't agree, my £15 admission was certainly better value for money than the £180 I paid for their Theatre tickets!

Welling United v Cheltenham Town
Conference National League
Saturday 5th March 2016, 3pm
Paul Oxenbury (Cheltenham Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Park View Road ground?

When the fixtures came out, Welling United was the first away game I looked out for because I have friends in London. I was pretty confident of getting a good result despite our 22 game unbeaten run coming to an end. Welling hadn't won in 18 and Forest Green's loss the night before, gave Cheltenham a chance to open a four point gap at the top of the League.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was relatively simple, I took the coach from Gloucester to London Victoria and after lunch, a half hour train journey from Charing Cross to Welling. The only downside was a busker at Charing Cross who for some reason was playing 'Angels' by Robbie Williams. I am not particularly keen on buskers full stop.

The ground itself is conveniently located on Welling High Street. A left out of the station then another left onto the main road and a ten minute walk. Don't worry if you can't see the ground, it's not easy to spot until you almost get there.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As I was meeting a friend in London, we had lunch in a pub called 'the Silver Cross' just a couple of minutes away from Trafalgar Square. The food was decent but it was a bit on the small side and quite expensive though that may be down to it being London and so close to a tourist destination. Welling fans were few and far between, on the way to the ground the vast majority of people I saw were Cheltenham fans. I did however get a lot funny looks from Chelsea and Tottenham fans at Victoria station, I assume because they saw my red scarf and assumed I was an Arsenal fan!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Park View Road ground?

Park View Road is about what you would expect from a non-league ground. Two small seated stands, the one housing the dressing rooms is older and slightly worse for wear. There was no segregation so those of us who had chosen to stand in the High Street End for the first half then switched to the far end in the second half (the first time I've done that at a football match). Both stands offered a decent view with the stand at the main road end offering a slightly better view due to it being slightly shallower. Neither end is covered so if you get hit by rain or, like us, a sudden hail storm, you are going to get wet as there is no standing under cover.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was absolutely dire. In the first half there was only one really chance and lacked the required skill, creativity or urgency to break down a committed but limited Welling side. Cheltenham upped the urgency in the second half, sadly the basic skills were still missing. Apart from a few minutes of sustained pressure from the visitors, the game looked to be heading for a goalies draw until Welling scored in stoppage time which looked to have ended their losing run. Their celebrations were sort lived as Cheltenham nicked an equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems getting away, the train was direct to Victoria and then an eventless coach journey home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A pretty good day. I always like going to London and the chance to visit a new ground. Unfortunatly the game didn't live up to my hopes making it a rather frustrating day.

Welling United v Bristol Rovers
Conference Premier League
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 3pm
Thomas Cook (Bristol Rovers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As a Rovers fan I’ve been looking this season to visit new grounds that we haven’t played at before. Welling stood out to me as London based games are easyish to reach from Bristol and it tied in with my Birthday weekend. I also liked the look of the Park View Ground, as it looked proper old school,  bar the small new East Stand on one side.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We took an early 7.30am train from Bristol so we could get to our hotel in Kings Cross to drop bags off before getting on the beer for the day! No Problems, bags dropped by 10am and a few drinks at London Bridge before getting the train to Welling, which took 20 minutes.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We had planned a pub crawl towards the Ground. We arrived in Welling at 11.30am and the first pub on our list, the Plough & Harrow wasn't yet open! (other fans later said that it was fine for a beer stop off the train and not much else). So we headed to the New Cross Turnpike. A typical Wetherspoons pub, with well priced drinks and reasonable food. We left the Wetherspoons around 1pm and than went to the Nags Head, which was another fine pub. Lastly we went to the Guy Earl of Warwick next to the ground which was fine as well.

Locals and staff in all the pubs were welcoming and friendly and seemed pleased to see good numbers of away support.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Having read the website here I knew what to expect, a small tidy newish stand that was very full on our arrival as was the flat terrace along the side. I loved the look of the old Main Stand, a real football stand in my opinion a few posts blocking the view, wooden seats a proper throw back!
Interestingly there was large queue at the away entrance and many Rovers fans were ushered through a side gate if they had the correct amount of cash. My mate said he only had a tenner (it was £15 to get in) the bloke on the gate kindly said £10 would do. My mate handed him a twenty pound note and the chap gave him a tenner change! Genius!

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The day itself was freezing cold and some light frost remained on the east side of the pitch. Welling had a good home record and looked well organised and Rovers struggled to break them down. It turned into a bit of a dour battle and no surprise that the game ended 0-0. The staff inside the ground were great. The stewards let fans enjoy themselves and we were allowed into the Club bar at half time for a well-priced pint.

The score was disappointing but the day was good due to the atmosphere created by the gasheads who seem to be enjoying the novelty of this 1st season in non-league, as well asthe home fans behind the goal at the High Street End.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Seemed no problems, as fans left together but can't comment too much as we just reversed our pub crawl and train before continuing our night in London. Then a hungover trip back by train to Bristol the next day.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An enjoyable weekend at a welcoming ground in a good location, give me a ground like this (a very small and a  bit tatty)  over an empty shiny Richoh Arena or 3-sided Kassam Stadium any day. A proper ground with local loyal home fans and friendly stewards who were happy to let you make the most of your visit.

Welling United v FC Halifax Town

Conference League

Saturday 3rd March 2014, 3pm

Michael Cromack (FC Halifax Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Park View Road Ground?
Another ground not yet visited and a day out for me and the missus.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
A bit tricky after getting off the train at King's Cross. Onto the underground and after a change of line arrived at London Bridge, to go back on a normal overground local train to Welling.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
As soon as we got off at Welling we were greeted by the welcome sight of a cafe still serving full English breakfast. Having had only a light breakfast since leaving home it went down well. It was no more than 10 minutes walk to the ground.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Park View Road Ground?
A typical non-league ground. A smart Main Stand and terracing at both ends. With the ground itself being located right on the busy High Street, then that is a novelty in itself.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
It was an average size crowd for this league and an encouraging away turn out for Halifax considering the long journey, made worthwhile with a late winner for Halifax from the penalty spot. 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
I had time for a drink on the way back for the train then treated ourselves to a meal surprisingly reasonably priced at an Italian cafe/restaurant close to King's Cross Station.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Not one of Town's better performances but 3 points away from home is nothing to moan about.

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* The club moved to the ground in 1977. It had previously belonged to Bexley United FC and was originally opened in the mid 1920's.

Updated 20th June 2020



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