Fleetwood Town

Highbury Stadium

Capacity: 5,327 (Seats 2,701)
Address: Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Telephone: 01253 775080
Fax: 01253 775081
Pitch Size: 112 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Cod Army
Year Ground Opened: 1939
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: BES Utilities
Kit Manufacturer: Hummel
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: All Yellow

Parkside Stand
Parkside Stand
Looking Towards The Percy Ronson Terrace
Looking Towards The Percy Ronson Terrace
Highbury Stand
Highbury Stand
Memorial Stand
Memorial Stand
Highbury Stand
Highbury Stand
Percy Ronson Stand
Percy Ronson Stand

The stadium is modern having been completely rebuilt over the last five years, matching the teams' meteoric rise up the leagues with five promotions in seven seasons. The latest addition to the ground is the very impressive looking Parkside Stand which was first opened to spectators in March 2011. This 2,000 capacity all seated stand was built at a cost of around £4m. It has a single tier of seating, whilst above are offices and a top row of executive boxes and hospitality area, all of which have a small tier of seating outside. These are covered by a semi-circular roof, with large glassed areas to either side which allow light to get to the pitch. At the front of this stand are the team dugouts. 

Opposite is the Highbury Stand, which is a small all-seated covered stand, which was opened in 2008. It is only six rows high, has a capacity of 550 and runs for only half the length of the pitch, meaning that there is a large open area next to it, although this area does feature some buildings. On the roof of the Highbury Stand is a small television gantry. For the 'eagle-eyed' then directly behind it you can see a small roof which is the roof of the old Main Stand which is still in existence having had the new stand built in front of it. It just shows how much the stadium has come on when you consider that at one time there was this stand and not much else at the ground.

Both ends are covered terraces, which are similar in size in terms of height. The Percy Ronson Terrace which is given to away supporters runs for around 2/3rds of the width of the pitch. Whilst the home end, the Memorial Stand (named in memory of the service and trawlermen who have previously lost their lives from the port of Fleetwood) is larger extending the full width of the pitch and housing just under 1,500 supporters. In one corner of the stadium beside the Percy Ronson Terrace (on the Highbury Stand side) is a large video screen. The stadium is completed with a set of modern floodlights.

Away fans are mostly housed in the Percy Ronson terrace at one end of the stadium, where 831 fans can be accommodated. This terrace which was opened in 2007, is covered, free from supporting pillars and affords a good view of the playing action. The Club have recently improved the facilities in this area with a new snack bar and toilet block. The terrace capacity also includes an open flat standing area on the Highbury Stand side. The official capacities are 621 for the Percy Ronson Terrace and 210 for the Highbury side standing area. There is an away fans ticket office and programme booth situated outside the visiting supporters entrance.

Visiting supporters are also allocated 300 seats in the Parkside Stand and this can be increased if required. The facilities in this stand are far better than the terrace with alcoholic drinks available to purchase and there are large screens on the concourse showing Sky Sports. For teams with a smaller following then only the Parkside seats will be made available and not the Percy Ronson Terrace. Food on offer inside the Highbury Stadium includes; Cheeseburgers (£3), Hot Dogs (£3) and a range of Hollands Pies (£3). Also, listen out for the odd sea shanty music which is played when Fleetwood score.

There is Jim's Sports Bar at the ground, which normally admits away fans. The facilities in this bar are excellent, but get there early as it is bound to be very popular on matchdays. It is located at the back of the Memorial Stand and can be accessed from the park pathway that runs along that side of the ground. It is open from 12 noon on Saturdays and 5pm on matchday evenings and shows BT and Sky Sports on a large number of televisions. The Highbury Club which is located adjacent to the away turnstiles does not allow in visiting supporters. 

Martin Crimp a visiting Southport fan informs me; 'We were directed to the Queens Hotel, on Poulton Road, about a 15 minute walk away. It has Sky Sports on multi screens along with a decent pint of Thwaites. Go up Highbury Avenue then left at the St Nicholas church into Poulton Road. The Queens is about 300 yards along this road on the left.'  

Otherwise, it is probably best to take the 10-15 minute stroll into Fleetwood itself (on leaving the stadium entrance go up to the main road and turn left) where there are plenty of pubs to be found. My choice would be the Wetherspoon outlet the Thomas Drummond on London Street (off Lord Street). About the same distance away is the Strawberry Gardens pub on Poulton Road. This is owned by the local Fuzzy Duck brewery and features beers from that brewery as well as guest ales. It also provides food the catering for which is provided by Syd Little (of Little & Large fame) and his wife. On the seafront itself is the Mount Hotel, that benefits from showing live televised sports. These three pubs; the Thomas Drummond, the Mount Hotel and the Strawberry Gardens are all listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. 

Alcohol is also available inside the stadium but only to away fans who have seating tickets in the Parkside Stand. 

Leave the M6 at Junction 32 and take the M55 towards Blackpool. Then leave the M55 at Junction 3 and take the A585 towards Fleetwood. On the outskirts of Fleetwood, you will come to a roundabout with Blackpool and Fylde college on your left. Continue straight on towards Fleetwood but after the roundabout take the first left into Copse Road. After about a mile and as you pass Fleetwood Fire station on your left then branch left and turn left onto Radcliffe Road (going back on yourself but in parallel with Copse Road). Then take the next right into Stanley Road and the stadium is at the bottom of this road on your left. There is no parking for away supporters at the stadium itself but there is plenty of street parking available in the area. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near in the local area via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: FY7 6TX

There is no railway station in Fleetwood itself. The closest is at Poulton-le-Fylde, which is just under seven miles away. However it is more likely that fans will head to Blackpool North Station which although is a little further away from Fleetwood, it has better public transport links. Still, a taxi from Blackpool North Station to Fleetwood will cost you the best part of £20, which may okay if there is a group of you. For smaller groups it may be better to catch a bus to Fleetwood, Service numbers 1 and 14, run from Blackpool, or head to the seafront to take a tram. 

Jean Cox of Blackpool Transport informs me; 'When you come out of Blackpool North Station walk up to the main road which is Talbot Road and then walk down past Wilkinson’s store, cross the road at the Station Pub and then walk down to the bus stop outside Home Bargains. The line 14 is on the hour and then every 10 minutes to Fleetwood. Or you can walk down to the Promenade. At the North Pier, you will see the tram stop, at the end of the tram shelter there is a bus stop for Line 1 which also goes to Fleetwood. Line 1 runs 12 minutes past the hour and then every 20 minutes. You can buy an unlimited day travel pass for £5.50 per adult (or there is a group ticket of 3 adults available for £13)'.

If you have time on your hands and you fancy a trip along the seafront, then you could walk to the seafront in Blackpool and catch one of the new of the trams that run along the coast. Services to Fleetwood run every 20 minutes and the journey takes around 40 minutes. The nearest stop to the ground is Stanley Road, which is around 200 yards from the stadium.

Home Fans*
Parkside Stand: Adults £25, Over 65's/Under 18's £20, Under 16's £17, Under 5's Free**
Highbury Stand: Adults £24, Over 65's/Under 18's £19, Under 16's £16*** Under 5's Free**
Memorial Stand: Adults £23, Over 65's/Under 18's £18, Under 16's £15, Under 5's Free**

Away Fans 
Parkside Stand: Adults £25, Over 65's/Under 18's £20, Under 16's £17, Under 5's Free**
Percy Ronson Stand: Adults £23, Over 65's/Under 18's £18, Under 16's £15, Under 5's Free**

* Home fans can get further discounts on these ticket prices (up to £5) by becoming a Club Member.  

** When accompanied by a paying adult.

*** Under 16's can be admitted free to the Highbury Stand if they become a Club Member and are accompanied by a paying adult.

Official programme: £1

Morecambe, Blackpool, AFC Fylde and Barrow.

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

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

6,150 v Rochdale
FA Cup First Round, 13th November 1965.

Average Attendance

2018-2019: 3,165 (League One)
2017-2018: 3,140 (League One)
2016-2017: 3,272 (League One)

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Fleetwood Town v Oxford United
League One
Saturday 7th September 2019, 3pm
Alex Barrett (Oxford United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?

The fixture list had given us not one, but two, trips to the Northwest Coast in the early (summertime) part of the season. A family seaside trip, a new ground to visit and being so early in the season, not huge pressure on the result.

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

Stayed in Blackpool the night before so had a relaxed trip up to the ground on the tram (Stanley Road) walked two streets over from the stop and was right at the away turnstiles behind the Main Stand.

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

Spent time on Blackpool Beach in the morning but found arrived in enough time to grab a programme and a drink in the away end before finding a seat. Since we had played at Bloomfield Road only a few weeks before, not many had returned so the away end was not busy. Not much interaction with home fans but good chats with some of the Fleetwood Academy players who were also taking the tram after the game.

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

I was aware that the Main Stand was the principal feature of Highbury but the views from all areas appeared good. The pitch was immaculate and despite a silent away end, a drum and noisy home end kept some atmosphere going. Surely the smallest club shop in the Football League (enough space for a till and four shirts hung up on a wall!).

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

Oxford have a pitiful record against Fleetwood and from the first minute it was clear that they weren't interested in changing it. 1-0 down without even trying, there was an element of fight once we crashed in an equaliser but the second half pattern continued and OUFC slumped to a 2-1 loss. The away end was not busy, so there was plenty of space to mill around both in the stand and outside (my four year old had great fun celebrating imaginary goals in the training goal stored by the side of the pitch). Usual fair on offer for food and drink though I didn't see an Ale choice so it was only lager or cider. The programme is only a few pages long and £1...tbh I wouldn't bother printing it as there was nothing of note in there. Stewards etc were all very friendly, but I don't think we were a testing afternoon for them. The highlight: the goal celebration music for Fleetwood is the theme from Captain Pugwash...it felt so out of place at a league football club, but also so brilliantly unique.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Back to the Stanley Road tram stop and back to town in good time. Watch out for slightly officious tram conductors. Despite a nearly empty tram pulling up to the stop we were all 'strongly encouraged' to wait for the 'football special' tram. Nobody listened and all got on fine.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Pleased to have visited the ground and to have done so in good weather. If Blackpool were not right next door, I'm not sure I'd be planning a return. Oxford's record there may put paid to that anyway.

Fleetwood Town v Oxford United
League One
Saturday 7th September 2019, 3pm
George Hogg (Oxford United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
A ground I haven't been to before, but one that I've heard good reviews about.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I came up on one of the Supporters Coaches. The journey up the M40, M6 and M55 was relatively straightforward other than a small hold up near J31 of M6 due to a crash. Finding Highbury was easy enough and there was a lot of street parking to be found.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We got there at about 1:40pm and I caught the tram from Stanley Road to London Street to have a fish and chips. It was very nice and hot. £5.30 was reasonable enough pre-match! Ironically one of the best chippies in the North West in my opinion. The Fleetwood fans were friendly enough for my liking.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
The ground has a bit of a Burton Albion-esque feeling to it, with a standing terrace behind each goal. I chose to sit in the Parkside Stand which was shared with the home fans. The legroom was adequate.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was lacking all game, other than the loud chants at times from both sets of fans, all done with respect. The stewarding was fairly relaxed, and friendly throughout. I didn't take in any of the food available, but a tea is very pricey at £2.50, very much a total rip off. The toilets and concourse were of adequate size and there was a TV showing Soccer Saturday. The matchday programme is the cheapest I have seen at only £1! Overall, we were poor, lacking in confidence, and Fleetwood were deserved 2-1 winners.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
All straight forward really. We left at 5:05pm, a bit slow getting away at first but it was a smooth ride home back down M6, M6 toll, M42 and M40.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I would definitely come again. Albeit for the want of trying to win! Oxford have NEVER beaten Fleetwood, never will. A well-run club that is literally hassle free. I did like the old sea shanty music whenever Fleetwood scored. Not the best day out, but at least it didn't rain!.

Fleetwood Town v Bristol Rovers
League One
Saturday 27th April 2019, 3pm
Josh Ruck (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
After starting a work experience placement in Blackpool I had a chance to go to visit Fleetwood Town. It was a sort of nothing game for Fleetwood, but for Bristol Rovers they needed a win to ensure their safety from relegation.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I bought my match ticket online in advance. I also bought a tram ticket via the Blackpool transport App. A 24-hour ticket cost just over a fiver which is not bad at all. The ground is situated just a five-minute walk away from the tram stop.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I collected my match ticket from the ticket office and walked round to Jim's Bar which was open to both sets of fans for a pre-match pint and to watch the Tottenham v West Ham game on the television. The bar was spacious with both sets of fans mixing with no trouble at all.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
It is a lovely little ground. The Memorial Terrace the home end for home fans was very spacious. The away end opposite also looked very good.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
With the windy conditions being difficult both sides were trying to play the ball on the ground but they were canceling each other out. There were a couple of half chances for both sides before Fleetwood hit the post before what would have been an excellent strike from a Bristol Rovers player but also hit the inside of the post and bounced back into play. 
 
Tempers did fray a little bit in the second half with six players being booked from Bristol Rovers including a little scuffle for an off the ball incident which led to four yellow cards, two for each team. The game ended 0-0 which was good enough for Bristol Rovers to confirm their safety with a game to spare.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Not bad I got the tram again back to Blackpool. Managed to get to the hotel that I was stopping in before 6 pm which was not bad.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The conditions were awful but an end to end game none the less. An enjoyable visit that I would happily do again.

Fleetwood Town v Gillingham
League 1
Saturday 2nd March 2019, 3pm
Simon King (Gillingham)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
I am an exiled Gills fan living in Cheshire, so Fleetwood was only a 90 minute drive away for me. My first visit to Highbury Stadium too, so I was looking forward to visiting a new ground.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey by car was easy, straight up the M6. Found the ground easily and even though there isn't a car park, we parked up easily immediately outside the away supporters entrance which is also immediately adjacent to the ticket office.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I travelled up with a friend who is a Tottenham supporter and was keen to watch the Arsenal v Spurs game beforehand. I consulted this website, before travelling and read about Jim's Sports Bar which is within the Highbury Stadium complex.  So after arriving early & purchasing our tickets, we headed to Jim's Sports Bar when it opened at midday & took our seats at a table in front of the big screen for the Spurs match. The Sports Bar is spacious with seating at tables and in alcoves around the walls opposite the bar where there were loads of staff on duty. There is a seating area in a sure room where you can have a sit-down meal, or as we chose to do, you could get pie and chips for a snack bar to the right of the big screen next to the entrance/exit door. The food was very good quality and reasonably priced. We bought soft drinks from the bar, but alcohol was also available. The Sports Bar for busier and busier as kick-off approached and was heaving by around 2:30pm.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
Highbury is a small ground in the middle of a residential area, adjacent to a Memorial Park. Approaching the stadium from the park made it look a lot bigger than it actually is. All the supporters areas are covered. We sat in the away supporters stand which has comfortable and had unhindered views of the pitch.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
An entertaining game which was a 1:1 draw. Gills scored with 7 minutes left on the clock sending us into raptures and we hoped we could hold on to this lead, but Fleetwood equalised in injury time with a well taken free kick. On reflection, a draw was a fair result. The stewards were helpful and friendly, there's a well-stocked refreshments area behind the stand serving all the usual drinks and snacks. The toilets were well maintained and clean.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Got away from the ground after the match in a matter of a few short minutes with no delays or problems.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good day out - No dramas and it has left a good impression on me of Fleetwood Town FC.

Fleetwood Town v Luton Town
League 1
Saturday 16th February 2019, 3pm
Ruth Lees (Luton Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
I had never visited Fleetwood before (not sure why!) and as we live near Manchester, it was an easy journey. We do try to go to most away games and Luton are doing very well at the moment and always have great support. Saturdays are always entertaining!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Really easy. We left earlyish so we could spend a bit of time looking around. Motorway all the way and there was loads of free street parking very close to the ground. We parked on Hatfield Road which is basically right outside the away end.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We looked up some good places for fish and chips and walked to The Chip House on Dock Road (about 15 mins from the ground) and had excellent fish and chips/tea etc. Then we walked down to the Esplanade and walked back to the ground along the beach. it was a nice sunny day too! At the ground, the stewards and home fans seemed pretty friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
At first glance, the stadium looks fairly typical - packed in amongst houses but inside, in parts it is fairly modern. We had chosen to stand, which is a bit of a rarity in League 1 these days and due to the numbers, it was pretty packed so a great atmosphere. There is a really lovely looking new stand on one side of the stadium and overall it looks like some money has been spent making the place nice. Overall a good experience.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was the usual feisty encounter between Fleetwood and Luton. It was a good contest with several bookings. Overall Luton dominated the game and scored a glorious free kick and a perhaps luck second. Conceding in injury time was annoying but the away fans were pretty happy. Stewarding was low-key, there was no trouble at all as far as I could see. We didn't have anything to eat but the tea was fine. Also, I can honestly say the ladies toilets were the best I have ever "experienced". They were housed in a kind of glorified temporary building, which doesn't sound promising but they were warm, loads of cubicles, hot water, proper hand-dryers & spotlessly clean - outstanding!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
So easy.... probably the quickest ever. We had parked on the road outside the ground and were on our way within a minute of leaving the ground.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A really enjoyable day. Fleetwood is a nice place and the Highbury Stadium is a good ground with good facilities and the right result.

Fleetwood Town v Charlton Athletic
League One
Saturday 2nd February 2019, 3pm
Ashley (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?

A new ground for me. I was originally going to go to Accrington Stanley, but when that match was postponed, I decided to drive a bit further to Fleetwood.

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

I drove from Sheffield and it was motorways all the way, until the last twenty minutes. There was a lot of parking available on local streets. I would suggest trying Hatfield Avenue, which is a long residential road that runs up to the stadium and has parking on both sides.

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

I arrived about 30 minutes before the game and so only had an opportunity to have a quick look around and then to go into the stadium. The programme is only £1, which is amazing value but doesn't take long to read.

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

It's a small ground. Fans were standing behind each goal, with seating down the sides of the pitch. There's one large stand (Parkside), which was where most of the fans sat. It's new, easily accessible, with decent freshments and toilets. This was where I sat and the only issue was that the sun was opposite us and set slowly over the Highbury Stand. This stand is so small that the sun shone directly in our eyes for about 60 minutes. I would recommend wearing a cap.

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

The game took place two days after the transfer window closed and, whereas Fleetwood held on to striker Ched Evans, Charlton lost Karlan Grant. In the end, it was Evans who scored the decisive goal just after an hour. The Charlton midfield had Jonny Williams and Josh Cullen, who were the best players on the pitch, but the team had no cutting edge. Fleetwood deserved their victory.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was the easiest getaway, I have ever had. I parked on Hatfield Ave, turning the car to face the right way and was off and away in a matter of minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed my day. Fleetwood is easier to get to than it might seem, it's a friendly place and the team always have some decent youngsters, working their way up the ladder, who are worth checking out.

Fleetwood Town v Wycombe Wanderers
League One
Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 7.45pm
James Walker (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
I was looking forward to this game as it was a new ground, a step closer to the 92 and a night out. But also because seeing Fleetwood Town meant I had now seen every one of the 92 teams play live.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was easy. I got a train from Stevenage to Blackpool North, and then a taxi to our hotel. From there we walked to the tram station and took the 40 minute tram ride to Stanley Road. From there, it was just a three minute walk to Highbury Stadium. This cost was just £4.70 for a return/all day ticket.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Firstly I visited the club shop for the standard badge (£3) and a programme, priced at £1 being the cheapest in the Football League! From there I went to the clubhouse which is one of the most modern ones I've ever been to! TV screens in every direction and even small screens inside the booths on the walls mean there's no way of being able to miss the early kick-off.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
Highbury is very small but very modern! I stood behind the home goal for the game on a roomy terrace. The away terrace opposite was empty though, as the travelling Wycombe supporters were put in the corner of the main stand to the left of us.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was quite good. Fleetwood had the better of the first half and Paddy Madden put them in front at half time. But Wycombe improved after the break and Adebayo Akinfenwa levelled for Wycombe. I didn't have any food in the ground, but there was a good variety on offer at good prices, whilst the facilities and stewards were all absolutely fine!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was simple. Just a small walk back to Stanley Road followed by a little wait for the tram back to Blackpool, meaning I got back to my hotel for just after 11pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall a very enjoyable night out and a new ground ticked off. I can't ask for more than that really!
 
Full Time: Fleetwood Town 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Grounds Visited: 126 (87/92)

Fleetwood Town v Plymouth Argyle
League Two
Saturday 10th March 2018, 3pm
David King (Plymouth Argyle fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
A ground I had not visited before and an area of the country I do not get to very often.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I travelled up on Friday by train and spent a night in Preston. On Saturday morning I caught a train to Blackpool South. Although there is a direct bus service from Preston to Fleetwood with a journey time of around 1 hour 40 minutes.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I spent the late morning in a Wetherspoon's pub near Blackpool Tower. I then caught the Number 1 bus to Fleetwood with a journey time of around 40 minutes. I had a quick look around the town before having a pub lunch. Not many home fans around in the town but a good number of Argyle fans made the journey despite one of the supporters club coaches breaking down.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
The Highbury Stadium is quite a small ground but with modern facilities including electronic turnstiles. I arrived around 40 minutes before kick off and picked up a programme for just £1, which must be the cheapest in the division, if not the Football League.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I opted for a ticket in the seated area rather than the standing terrace behind the goal. Facilities were good and staff unobtrusive and welcoming. I did not sample any food at the ground having already eaten but the pies seem ed to be selling well. Argyle had a few players missing through injury or illness but started brightly. A good ball from the left was taken was taken well by Moses Makasi on debut who curled the ball past the keeper. Fleetwood some came back into it by playing the ball long. Conor McAleny had two good chances for the home side one wide and one well saved by the Argyle keeper. After half time Fleetwood started the way they finished the first half and a defensive mix up resulted in a simple tap-in from five yards for Paddy Madden to level the scores. Argyle changed things by bringing on Lionel Ainsworth to help out Ryan Taylor up front and despite a little more possession and holding up the ball better the best chances were for the home side. Makasi could have had a second goal for Argyle but slipped as he was about to hit the ball! Graham Carey did his best to create a couple more chances for Argyle but Fleetwood always looked threatening and had a few chances of their own. A good point for Argyle given that they were beset by injuries and illness but Fleetwood might feel they should have had all three points.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
There were long queues for the bus back to Blackpool on the main road near the ground so I opted to wait for the tram back to Blackpool.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good weekend and a decent result against a hard working Fleetwood team managed by a former Argyle manager (John Sheridan).

Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth
League One
Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7.45pm
Lee Roberts (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
A long away trip on a Tuesday night is a football fan’s right of passage in my opinion! So Fleetwood away on a Tuesday night was mine, add in a new ground and this was a must do game.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I decided to base myself in Liverpool for my stay so it was “only” a 120 mile round trip as opposed to a 574 journey to and from Portsmouth. The journey there was easy enough, only a few roadworks near Fleetwood held me up, apart from that it was an easy drive. Parking was in a side road near the ground, with plenty of spaces.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
After parking up I headed for the club shop to get a pin badge and a programme. The badge was £3 and the match programme was only £1. After the shop my next stop was Jim's Bar, located at the stadium itself. It is easily one of the best clubhouses I have been to at any ground. There was plenty of seating and I found the home fans very friendly. They seemed very impressed that I had made the long trip on a Tuesday night. The final stop before the ground was the Highbury chippy directly outside the ground. I had fish, chips and gravy for £4.50, however, the stewards wouldn’t let me take them into the ground so I had to eat them outside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
The ground itself is very tidy, I like terracing at grounds so this was a plus point for me. The Main Stand to my right looked very impressive.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was not exactly a classic, but a goal in each half for Portsmouth made it a good away win. The Fleetwood goal nine minutes from time by Conor McAleny was a real screamer and led to some nervous final moments for the travelling fans, however, we held on for three points. The atmosphere from the Pompey fans was superb, although the home fans didn’t make that much noise. The stewards were superb, very friendly and were a credit to Fleetwood Town FC.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was easy and there were no problems. However overnight roadworks and diversions made the journey back to Liverpool interesting.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A long trip, but the win made the journey worthwhile. Fleetwood Town is a friendly club and the Highbury Stadium a worthwhile place to visit.

Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town
League One
Tuesday 13th February 2018
Mark Ball (Shrewsbury Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
After a disappointing defeat at home against an excellent Plymouth Argyle side on Saturday, a badly needed three points had to be taken on the road to keep Shrewsbury bang in contention at the top. Also it was my first visit to the Highbury Stadium Fleetwood.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very easy, a clear M6 and then M55 motorway. There was plenty of street parking available within half a mile of the ground. Luxury!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Had a quick dinner on the move with the local chippy "Mr Chips" doing decent food. Home fans very friendly but there were not many of them about.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
The Highbury Stadium is smaller than the normal League One ground but it suits the crowd expected. The clubhouse was open to all fans which was handy on a cold night and the staff were friendly to away fans. The food looked basic but good and the large bar was well managed with a queuing system. Sky TV available on about 10 screens all around the room. Excellent facility. The matchday programmes only cost £1 each.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Sorry Fleetwood fans but with such a small crowd a good atmosphere would be hard to build up. But as Shrewsbury got a goal just before half time our end was bouncing. The stewards were good, the tea bar provided quick service but no chicken balti pies which was disappointing. Fleetwood equalised against the run of play, a scrambled goal but Shrewsbury grabbed a winner to send away fans home happy. Fleetwood set out to frustrate and are not very pretty to watch under Uwe Rossler.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Very easy as the ground is close to the dual carriageway and then M55.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A really nice well kept small friendly stadium. Would gladly go back to Fleetwood another time.

Fleetwood Town v Carlisle United
Football League Cup 1st Round
Tuesday 8th August 2017, 7.45pm
Phil Armstrong (Carlisle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?
 
It was the first away trip for Carlisle United this season and the second shortest traveling distance possible in the League Cup draw. It was my second visit to the Highbury Stadium and I was looking forward to visiting as an away support rather than a neutral, as I had done on my previous visit.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The roads were intermittently bad after leaving the M6, going from wide dual carriage ways to tight corners and roads. There was lots of street parking available close to the Highbury Stadium. Free parking is also available at the Freeport shopping outlet which has a more secure car park and is located ten minutes away from the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I had a quick peruse around the shops beforehand on the main street. The home fans offer little in porosity to away fans and atmosphere outside the ground is out relaxed.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Highbury Stadium?
 
The Main Stand is something to behold and quite quirky, although a sleek design. The away stand is a basic modern standard terrace. Plus visiting supporters are also given a small section of seating in the Main Stand. Weirdly the home stand on the long side of the pitch opposite the Main Stand still has an older derelict stand behind it which I only noticed from the away terracing. Toilets by the away end are just portaloos which are always something less desired.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
There was the usual singing from both sides going back and forth until it became apparent that Carlisle were the more dominant side against the league above rivals Carlisle took the lead in the first half, with Fleetwood drawing level in the second. The game went to extra time where Carlisle scored the winner and Fleetwood also had a player sent off, just before the end. The stewards were interacting with the away support in a jovial manner which is always nice to see. Food to a nice standard served from modern facilities.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was quick but there was another slow trip back up to the M6 in a heavy down pour. The M6 was then clear back North.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I liked the Highbury Stadium although the road between Fleetwood and the M6 is something that could be vastly improved and I would hate to travel along it in the winter. It is hard to see how they could expand the stadium in the future and is a little odd seeing steward’s climb over fences at the back of the stadium to retrieve balls from gardens that back on to the ground. It was a bice away win in an excellent match which is always nice to drive back home from.

Fleetwood Town v Bolton Wanderers
Football League One
Saturday 11th March 2017, 3pm
Tom (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?

The Highbury Stadium was another new ground for me to visit. I adore smaller grounds, you get a better sense of atmosphere and you're closer to the play.

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

My friend lives in Thornton-Cleveleys so after meeting up with him we just hopped on the tram to Fleetwood Ferry. Once we got off the tram, the ground was a short five minute walk away.

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

We had a few drinks beforehand in Cleveleys and following the tram we walked about 15 minutes to the Strawberry Gardens pub, which you can get to by walking along the adjacent park and then up a couple of streets. The pub itself was friendly - it's split up into to sections. As visiting supporters we were encouraged to drink on one side, where a few fellow Bolton fans had gathered. I've heard conflicting reports about the pub, but all in all in our experience it was friendly. Not that it matters, but it was a very warm pub so I had to quickly shed layers (down to my Bolton shirt, luckily no-one was bothered). We didn't really encounter any other home fans apart from there. No trouble at all though.

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

The Highbury Stadium was surprisingly lovely. We were sat in the Parkside Stand which was very modern but comfortable enough. We felt close enough to the field, enough to enjoy the game. When Fleetwood undoubtedly gain more investment, I can see them "filling in" the missing sections - turning it into one of the finest in lower leagues.

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

The game was a great one. We dominated for most of the game and cruised to a comfortable 4-2 win, something which us Bolton fans really aren't used to. As usual we were in good voice (we made up 25% of the attendance so it's to be expected). Also, hearing the home goal music is absolutely worth hearing if your team concede.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems at all. A short walk back to the tram stop and it was quite jolly - the carriage had a few Bolton fans in there so we were chirping all the way back to Blackpool (or Cleveleys in my case).

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Fantastic day out at the Highbury Stadium. The weather was miserable but that didn' t stop the fans being in fantastic voice throughout.

Fleetwood Town v Northampton Town
Football League One
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Alex Compton (Northampton Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?

It was my son and I's first visit to the Highbury Stadium in Fleetwood.

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

The journey was very easy with the M6 behaving itself. Finding the Highbury Stadium was really simple, we parked our car within a 30 second walk of the away turnstile. There is lots of street parking around the ground which is not normally the case for most League One clubs.

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

We went into the social club at the ground and had a quick pint before kick off which was reasonably priced. The home fans were very friendly.

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

My first impressions of the Highbury Stadium was that it looked modern and obviously a few quid had been spent on it. It is a small ground with the away end terrace only holding about 800 but as we only took 400 so it wasn't an issue.

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

Unfortunately we lost 3-0. Had we taken our two early chances it would have been a different game. The atmosphere was quiet; but once Fleetwood had scored their third goal the home fans started to sing backed by an annoying drummer. The stewards were very helpful and even offered to help me put my flag.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was really easy and we where back on the M55 in 20 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Awful weather, awful result and awful traffic going home on the M6, but apart from that me and my son enjoyed our first visit to Fleetwood Town.

Fleetwood Town v Bradford City
Football League One
Tuesday 14th February 2017, 7.45pm
Mark Stanhope (Bradford City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?

This was mine and my sons first visit to the Highbury Stadium. Although it was Valentines Night and freezing cold we couldn't resist this "six pointer" game.

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

Travelling from Sheffield we encountered the usual traffic around Manchester but made it in around two and a half hours.Parking is really good around the ground with plenty of free street parking.

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

Went to a chippy called the Highbury Fish & Ship shop just behind the away end. Although Fleetwood is famous for its fish, this was one of the poorest fish & chips I have ever had. We then went to Jim"s bar to enjoy a beer and get the awful taste out of my mouth!

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

I love the old non-league vibe the whole place has with its clubhouse and friendly fans. The Highbury Stadium is clean and compact but it would struggle to cope in the Championship League.

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

Over 1000 Bradford fans in a 3500 crowd on a cold winters night the atmosphere was good with plenty of noise coming from both ends. I didn't eat in the ground but wished I had after those awful fish and chips.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left 5 minutes early and got away no problem & were on the M55 within 15 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I would go again to the Highbury Stadium. Its a really friendly place but I wouldn't go near the Highbury chippy again!

Fleetwood Town v Oxford United
Football League One
Wednesday 17th August 2016, 7.45pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?

A new ground for me and, as a northern exile, an away game to get to. Plus early season after promotion. Feeling optimistic!

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

I journeyed from Sheffield by car and the Highbury Stadium was straightforward to find. Street parking is plentiful and given that Fleetwood are a smaller club, parking was no problem.

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

There are no drinking venues in the vicinity and on a mid-week game, time is tighter. I had fish and chips nearby. The sports bar facilities, which have been lauded in other reviews, were not available to away supporters for this game.

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

The Highbury Stadium is a compact ground with some decent updating. Fit for purpose for a smaller club. Away end had no obstructions for view.

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

Facilities were fairly average here and stewarding was friendly. Fleetwood Town dominated the game and were good value for a 2-0 win.. Oxford United were out thought/played all over the park. Very disappointing form our perspective. I would not be surprised seeing Fleetwood challenge for the play-offs this season.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very straightforward and, as this was late on during the week, very welcome.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Another ground ticked off and nice to see Fleetwood whom seem to be a well managed club. Oxford will need to improve quickly.

Fleetwood Town v Barnsley
Football League One
Saturday 19th March 2016, 3pm
Lee Mills (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium? 

I had never visited Fleetwood Town and it is always nice to tick another new ground off the list

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

We travelled by car from Barnsley. We set off at 10am and arrived at 11:40. We parked on a street just behind the Main Stand.

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

We went to Jims Sports Bar - It was a fantastic venue, with food served and away fan friendly.

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

 I was in the away fans seating area in the Main Stand, located down one side of the ground. This by far the best stand at the ground. Behind each goal is terracing and the stand opposite is very small but neat and tidy.

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

The first half very dull and boring. Even with over 1,000 Barnsley fans in attendance there wasn't much to shout about. In the second half Barnsley were much better and took the lead through a Fleetwood own goal. Josh Scowen scoring the second, seven minutes before time to secure the three points for us.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Brilliant. We were back on the motorway for 17:15 and home at 7pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was great day out, especially with the positive result. The sports bar at the ground has more televisions than Currys! They even have them in the toilets. I hope to visit again one day. 

Fleetwood Town v Walsall
Football League One
Tuesday 15th March 2016, 7.45pm
Thomas Inglis (Neutral Fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?

I live in Scotland and support Dundee United, but this to my 64th English ground visit. Also this was to be the first ground that I have gone to by tram.

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

Myself and the wife were staying in Blackpool for a short break. The tram stopped right in front of our hotel so I just jumped on this for the 20 minute journey. There were a few other fans on the tram and they kept me right with which stop to get off. A five minute walk through a park and I was at the Highbury Stadium.

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

I had a full meal in my Blackpool hotel before I left for this evening game, so when I got to the ground I just got myself a ticket. I then went into Jim's Bar for a pint and chatted to some Walsall fans who were convinced their team couldn't lose tonight. I then spoke to a couple of Fleetwood guys who were concerned that their team just can't score goals. Both sets of fans mingled freely in this bar and all seemed friendly.

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

The impressive Main Stand is the first thing that catches your eye with its semi circular roof. I had a walk along the terrace of the Memorial Stand (behind the goal) and there seemed to be good views from here with no obstructing pillars in any parts of the ground. I then took my seat in the Highbury Stand near the halfway line. There was probably a couple of hundred Walsall fans behind the goal to my right in the Percy Ronson Stand.

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

Probably not the best of games, being decided by a quality goal from Walsall. The ball was played into Mantom who deceived the Fleetwood defenders with a cute backheel into the feet of the striker Bradshaw who fired high into the net from about 12 yards. The Fleetwod fans behind the goal tried to get a bit of singing going, along with a drummer. Walsall fans behind the other goal were in fine voice most of the game too. At half time the fans were allowed back in to Jim's Bar for refreshments. I just had a cup of tea to warm up from this cold night at the seaside.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems in getting the tram back to my Blackpool hotel in time to see Tina Turner and Elvis Presley (on the same night, unbelievable!).

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good night out, probably the cold and the fact this was a rearranged fixture kept the crowd down to 2,569, Another ground visited though.

Fleetwood Town v Doncaster Rovers
Football League One
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 3pm
Jordan Halls (Doncaster Rovers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?    

This was the first chance of doing a double this season. Plus I fancied going to a ground that has a terrace.

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

We travelled by supporters coach from Doncaster, so no issues there. However I would imagine that unless you have done your homework beforehand the ground might be easy to miss as you drive into town .

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

There was a chippy across the road from the away end, but it was absolutely packed so we decided not to go in there. There didn't seem to much else nearby. 

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

Being a non league ground just a few years previous means that the Highbury Stadium is is rather small. The best part about it though is the rare chance to stand on a terrace.There is also a bit of a novelty with the old Highbury stand still standing behind the new one.

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

Even though the teams themselves weren't really entertaining (the game ended 0-0), us Rovers fans like to make an atmosphere away from home. The home fans put in a good effort considering their numbers. Not much choice in the snack bar and the prices were rather hefty, glad I took my own snack. Not much trouble with the stewards which was a welcome change. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The coaches didn't have much choice but to park along the main road blocking off half the traffic off, but actually getting back to the coaches was easy as they were parked right outside the stadium. Once coaches set off it was easy to get out.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Was okay, could've been better if we could've taken more than a point, and if we'd have gone to Blackpool or somewhere beforehand.

Fleetwood Town v Burton Albion
Football League One
Saturday 17th October 2015, 3pm
Tim Williams (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Highbury Stadium?

As I live in London then this was one of the more tricky grounds to get to. So I'd put it off until it came down to this and two others to complete the 92. Arriving outside the ground on a tram is a pretty unique experience and the journey north along the coast out of Blackpool is interesting and pleasant.

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

The whole trip from London was varied to say the least. An early train from Euston got me into Preston by 9.30am and then I joined what seemed to be a party train full of Blackpool day trippers. I'd not been to Blackpool for years and had a few hours there before making my way to Fleetwood. Blackpool was great in a raw sort of way. People were drinking from early on and by the afternoon this was having an impact on the atmosphere around the place. The arrival of various stag and hen parties added to this. I thought Alan Bennett should have been around somewhere to write a gritty northern play.

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

I went straight to the Highbury Stadium. Fleetwood are not long out of non-league so everything seemed very friendly.

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

Although its non-league roots are still evident, Fleetwood's ground is impressive, particularly the Main Stand with its arched roof. I stood on the terrace behind the home goal and, with the steps being deep, the view was good. I was intrigued by the stand in front of an old stand arrangement opposite the Main Stand.

If you look carefully at the photo below. Then you can just about see
the roof of the old Main Stand behind the newer stand, that was built in front of it.

Old Main Stand Fleetwood Town
 

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

The game was a bit of an upset. Fleetwood Town were towards the relegation places in the league while Burton were towards the top. So a 4-0 home win was unexpected. But Fleetwood were good value for their win.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting back to Preston and connecting for the London train was a challenge. To begin with, despite the recent non-league traditions of both teams, there was a it of unpleasantness on the tram back to Blackpool. One particularly vocal Fleetwood fan took it upon himself to wind the visitors up and they reacted in a predictable fashion. Fortunately it was swearing and threats rather than physical violence but it was a bit of a 1980's moment. So it was a tense set of passengers who arrived back in the now very lively Blackpool. But this was just the start of my problems.

On Blackpool North station I joined the early leavers from the town - mainly families with children. The first train's doors failed so we were told to get off and join the train on the platform opposite - which pulled out of the station just as we approached it. Fortunately a third train departed shortly after but I needed this to run on time otherwise I'd be stranded at Preston. Luckily it did; I sat opposite two young mothers whose language was appalling and I kept wanting to tell them not to swear in front of their young children but didn't dare. I managed to get the London train with a couple of minutes to spare and I'd advise anyone making this trip by train to give themselves plenty of time to make the connection. It's not good for the nerves otherwise.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A memorable and very full day out. I loved Blackpool, the game was good and it's one of the more difficult to get to grounds ticked off

Fleetwood v Crawley Town
League One
Saturday 24th January 2015, 3pm
Steve Herbert (Crawley Town fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to Highbury Stadium?

It's our longest league away trip of the season and it was a new stadium for me to visit.

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

Caught the train from London to Preston, 2hrs 10 mins. Then another train from Preston to Poulton about 25 mins. Finally taxi from Poulton to Fleetwood Town, 12 mins, about £16. Unfortunately Doctor Beeching closed railway the line to Fleetwood in 1963!

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

Had a few drinks on the train up, so went straight into the stadium. There is a club bar behind the home end that admits both home & away fans though.

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

Nice ground considering like ourselves they have only recently come out of non league. Nice new Main Stand. Interesting you can still see their old Main Stand on the far side of the ground hidden behind a new stand.

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

Poor game, between two poor sides on the day. Fleetwood just edged it and won 1-0. Atmosphere was good as it always is following Crawley Town away. If your going to travel over 250 miles to an away game, you might as well empty your lungs once you get there! We sat in the Main Stand where we found the stewards to be friendly. It had decent catering facilities, where you could buy alcohol. They also show live Sky Sports matches on big tv screens on the concourse.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Fortunately I managed to get a lift back to Preston station from a fellow red and was on the train from there back in London by 8.25pm. No problems getting away from the ground after.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all, good day out despite the result. Nice stadium, I look forward to traveling to Highbury again in the near future.

Fleetwood Town v Bradford City
League Two
Friday, December 26th 2014, 3pm
Paul Wilkinson (Bradford City fan)

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

Nothing better than a Christmas fixture and with it being Boxing Day, even better! Bradford had sold their allocation of tickets, so the usual good away day atmosphere was to be expected. Also, the Bantams were unbeaten in eight matches and Fleetwood were also sitting comfortably in the league.

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

Good run across from sunny Yorkshire. Parked up easily very close to the ground which is kind of hidden in amongst the surrounding resident housing.

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

Went into Jim's Bar at the ground. It had more tv screens than Currys/Dixons. They even had them in the toilets!  Away fans were made most welcome. We sat with three Fleetwood fans (who were also ardent Blackpool fans, so shared various football stories of yester years). The Bar staff were friendly. As we left we wished each other a Merry Christmas, with hand shakes!

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

Highbury Stadium is a very compact ground, with the fans close to the pitch. The Bradford fans were in one end terrace behind the goal, plus a section of seating to the right of the away end in the Main Stand. There were also visiting supporters standing to the left of the away terrace on one side.  Fleetwood had given nearly double the normal away allocation. Bradford could have filled the ground themselves!

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

Bradford started well but Fleetwood came into the game and had the better chances in the first half but couldn't finish. City took the lead against the run of play in the 41st minute, through a James Hanson header at the back post. Had a rather expensive pie (same at Valley Parade but we always run out!) and a bovril at half time. Alas there is no alcohol available in the away end. The Stewards and other club officials very friendly and generally the atmosphere was good especially from the travelling Bantams, although I did hear 'Cod Army..' emanating from the home end at one stage.

Early into the second half and Fleetwood came closer to equalising when they hit the post. With this let off, Bradford raised their game and started to dominate. Several chances were created, before a sweeping move and a lovely Billy Knott dummy across the goal, left Morais to slot home the second for the visitors.  As it was Boxing Day, obviously 'jingle bells, jingle bells...' was bellowed out by the 1,300 plus City fans.

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

Getting away from the ground was fairly easy as there were only 4,500 in attendance (which was way above their normal average home gate).

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all, another excellent away day performance and experience for the following masses of Bantam fans. Credit to Fleetwood, a friendly family club with a very tidy and professional set up. I wish them all the best for the remaining season.

Fleetwood Town v Southend United
League Two
Saturday, April 26th 2014, 3pm
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

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

I had never visited this ground and Fleetwood had guaranteed themselves at least a playoff position, with Southend needing a point to ensure a playoff place with one game left to play, so a good game was expected. Fleetwood is only 90 miles from where I live in North Wales as a Southend exiled fan so a comfortable journey for me compared to our home fans long trip from Essex .

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

My son and I travelled to the game by car along the M56, M6 and M55 following satnav. The trip was easy enough and took about two hours. The ground was easy to find, and arriving early, we parked in the road adjacent to the ground entrance which has ample street parking.

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

We had a reserved table in the Red and Whites diner within the Memorial Stand next to the popular Jims Bar. Being at the home of the Cod Army, so yes, we both opted for beer battered cod and chips with mushy peas, and the meal was excellent. The staff greeted us cheerfully, and the few home fans we met happily conversed whilst we waited to greet the Southend team arriving for the match.  We then managed to get some of the Southend team to join in photographs as they entered the ground, including our Manager Phil Brown:

Phil Brown

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

The ground is neat and compact, clean and smart. We had tickets for seats in the end of the modern Parkside Stand, which provided good seats with ample leg room. The stands behind each goal are standing terraces. We opted to transfer to the standing area in the Percy Ronson stand behind the goal and from here you get a great view of the magnificent modern Parkside Stand. The views of the pitch are superb. The pitch was in great condition and a testament to the Fleetwood grounds man, who had been commended as the best in League 2.  The quality of the pitch enabled both teams to play good football.

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

The game was played in warm sunshine. The stewards were relaxed and helpful. The food outlets provided the usual choice of pies for £3 and hotdogs at £2. The Percy Ronson Stand was nearly full and the noisy Southend fans made for a good atmosphere. Fleetwood took the lead in the first half which lifted the home supporters but Southend managed a fairly quick equaliser in the first half and both teams seemed content with the point. The match program of 70 pages was £3 and a reasonable read.

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

There was no delay in getting away from the ground and we relied on satnav to take us on the short motorways journey back to North Wales .

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

This was a good day out to a pleasant ground, with a result that left Fleetwood and Southend looking forward to the promotion playoffs and a chance to win at Wembley.

Attendance 3,323 (500 + away)

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Updated 19th September 2019

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