Salford City

Peninsula Stadium

Capacity: 5,106 (Seats 2,240)
Address: Salford, M7 3PZ
Telephone: 0161 792 6287
Ticket Office: 0161 241 9772
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Ammies
Year Ground Opened: 1978*
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Super6
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: White and Black

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

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

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

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

Away TerraceAway fans are mostly housed on one side of the East Terrace (aka the School End) at one end of the ground. This terrace is covered and the acoustics are quite good, meaning that a relative few numbers of fans can make themselves heard. In addition, 200 seats are made available to visiting supporters in the South Stand, at no extra cost to the entrance fee. With the stadium being erected so quickly then the facilities for fans have yet to fully catch up, with portaloos in place and only pies available (£3) in terms of food for visiting supporters.

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

There is a club bar at the ground, but this is for home supporters only. Although the Peninsula Stadium is situated in a largely residential area, there are surprisingly no pubs close by. 

Chris Shiel informs me; 'There is the Fairways Lodge on George Street in Prestwich is around half a mile, or a ten minute stroll on foot, along pleasant public footpaths that go through Prestwich Golf Course and over the moor, a ten minute stroll. If the weather is bad the route along the road is more preferable and is about one mile. Fairways Lodge, sometimes known locally as 'The Village' (from a previous name) is a hotel with gym facilities and function rooms but there is a public bar that is frequented by a few locals. It is normally fairly quiet as it's slightly off the beaten track down a long cul de sac but it is the closest to Moor Lane'. 

Just over a mile way off Bury New Road (A56) is the Friendship Inn. This Joseph Holt pub offers real and also does food. Whilst a couple of miles away is the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed Church Inn on Church Lane (again off the main Bury New Road - not far from Junction 17 of the M60). The pub which is literally outside the gates of St Mary's Church (which is handy if you want to also say a quick prayer for your team) offers up to four real ales, a couple of which are normally local beers. Alcohol is also available inside the ground.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*When accompanied by an adult.

Official Matchday Programme £2

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

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

Record Attendance

4,518 v Leeds United
League Cup 2nd Round, 13th August 2019.

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 2,489 (National League)
2017-2018: 1,611 (National League North)
2016-2017: 1,395 (National League North)

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

Salford City v Leyton Orient
League 2
Saturday 31st August 2019, 3pm
Tim Scales (Leyton Orient)

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

A new ground to tick off for me and there is something of a rivalry between Orient and this lot after we beat them to the title despite the money that they have spent.

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

The journey from my house in Norwich was a long but relatively plain-sailing one. The A47 and A17 are among some of the worst roads known to man but they were clear. Up the A1 until Leeds, then M62 pretty much all the way to the ground. Car parking was difficult as there was little street parking on matchday but we did manage to find a space not too far from the ground.

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

We visited the Friendship Inn for a pint before the game and it was decent enough. The home fans were more often than not converted from Manchester United to Salford and it showed in this pub. We didn’t really speak to any of them but they were harmless enough.

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

Having been practically rebuilt in the past few years, Salford’s ground is clean and tidy enough but lacking in character and it is very uniform. It feels slightly makeshift - built so that it can be expanded easily should Salford continue to improve and add to their fan base.

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

It was a game of two halves as it has been on several occasions already this season for Orient. Salford started out the stronger side, scoring the opener on 13 minutes when no defender closed down Ritchie Towell and he thundered home a volley from the edge of the box. Dean Brill made a huge save to keep the East Londoners in it and Orient improved after half time. Louis Dennis squandered the best chance for Orient when he blazed over a rebound despite an unguarded net. Orient weren’t to be denied, however, and it was a howler from Salford keeper Chris Neal that gifted a point. James Brophy drove down the left, put the ball into the danger area and Neal failed to claim before swiping a leg at the ball to attempt to clear, only to put it into his own net. It was a delightfully ugly yet beautiful goal for Orient and the point was well-earned. 

The atmosphere was distinctly lacking from the home end, although Salford’s seemingly most vocal support was at the other end of the ground. I’m not sure that made too much difference and the ground was hardly rocking when they scored either. The facilities at Peninsula Stadium aren’t great in the away end, with barely anyone in the one kiosk for food and drink. I went down 5 minutes before half time but gave up as the queue had barely moved.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was a bit of commotion outside the away end which I stayed well clear of and I’m not sure what caused it. After picking up a burger from a stand outside the ground and walking back to my car, there was not too much traffic on the road as I headed to my hotel in Salford Quays.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good point from a goal down at a tidy enough ground.

Salford City v Port Vale
League 2
Saturday 17th August 2019, 3pm
Ian Bradley (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
A new league ground that HAD to be ticked off.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
By train from my Rotherham base. Train from Meadowhall to Manchester Piccadilly then the X43 bus from Chorlton Street to Moor Lane then a five minute walk to the Peninsula Stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I ate in Manchester City Centre as I refuse to do stadium catering (overpriced). Chatted to some Ammies fans who seem delighted to be in the EFL.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
A tidy little ground that has been completely rebuilt in the last few years to meet EFL standards.  The facilities could be better but I'm sure as the season progresses so will the club infrastructure. A decent covered away end that houses over 1,200 with another 200 seats for visitors in the North Stand.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a poor game for the first 70 minutes then both clubs made substitutions and then it was end to end for the last 20 minutes. The game ended 1-1 which was harsh on Vale who deserved to win.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Dead easy. Back on the bus to Manchester, a meal in the City Centre then a pleasant train ride home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
As always I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Salford City v Port Vale
League 2
Saturday 17th August 2019, 3pm
Alex Thomson (Port Vale)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
It’s relatively local and a first encounter with Salford City.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The streets around the stadium are very narrow residential affairs so it’s a bit tight squeezing through. Those travelling on public transport need to be organised.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had complimentary tickets and were sent from pillar to post to get these. The stewards didn’t even know which stand they were on and were less than helpful, we were eventually let in with no tickets by a high up steward, missing the first 10 minutes.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
The stadium is very tidy but lacks organisation, we couldn’t find any ticket outlet. It is surrounded by a high black fence making it look like a prison, plus there is no signage of where you are!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was a bit of a duff affair in the first half but came to life in the second. Vale should have held on but conceded a late equaliser. Half time at the kiosks, no milk for brews, no change and no cup carriers with 3 hot drinks, basic requirements sadly lacking.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We left a tad early to avoid the scrum. Got a parking ticket to make a rubbish day even worse, one ticked off never to return.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It is still very much non-league and Salford need to up their game concerning the matchday experience.

Salford City v Leeds United
Haribo cup or whatever it’s called!
Tuesday 13th August 2019, 7:45pm
Shaun (Leeds United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
A chance to see a new ground plus the proxy rivalry due to the Salford City owners!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very straight forward. Having flown into Manchester airport it was just a quick nip round the M60 to our hotel which was just a mile away so we could walk to the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We arrived at the ground about 15 mins before it opened along with quite a lot of other Leeds fans and so went in when it opened and grabbed an average pie inside. I didn’t really have much interaction with the home fans although there were a couple of Man Utd banners in the ground so I think the genuine home fans were infiltrated by others there just to sing anti-Leeds chants.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
Salford are being bankrolled which must be gutting for Bury fans who are only 10 miles up the road. As a result of this money, they have a smart new ground although the pitch has a noticeable slope across it. My son liked the floodlights in the shape of their badge with LED edge lighting. The away end has no seating but has uninterrupted views and you’re very close to the pitch.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a potential banana skin for us (Colchester, Histon, Sutton, Newport etc.) but Bielsa surprisingly named a fairly strong team, and we got a comfortable and deserved win. That said Salford were unlucky not to get a consolation goal and maybe 3-1 rather than 3-0 would have been a more accurate reflection of the game. Atmosphere was good although with the couple of dozen die hard home fans being behind the other goal meant there wasn’t any real banter. Even the Neville’s got off lightly with the chants! Stewards were fine, and the facilities are basic but new.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Well for us it was simple, just a walk back to the hotel, but the traffic didn’t seem too bad. After all, it is a small ground! Some residents have yet to get used to match days though, as two cars were trying to get down the road towards the ground without much success.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good day out, a new ground ticked off, there for Nketiah’s first ever goal and Barardi’s only ever second goal, and in the end a comfortable win.

Salford City v Stevenage
League 2
Saturday 3rd August 2019, 12:30pm
James Walker (Stevenage)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
Peninsula Stadium SignAs much as you have to be looking forward to the first game of the season, if you had offered me a dull boring 0-0 before this game then I would've taken it and ran. I was fully expecting us to lose this curtain raiser. However this game was a chance to witness history, with Salford playing their first ever game in the Football League, and a new ground to take me back up to 91/92.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was simple enough, an early morning drive to Milton Keynes Central station with some friends and a train to Manchester from there, and onwards in a taxi to Salford City. This journey saw us arrive at the Peninsula Stadium for about 10.30am.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As Salford hadn't sent any tickets pre-match, we just went straight inside. There were only 2 bays for wheelchairs in the away end, and these were on a first come-first served basis. Luckily we managed to get one of the bays, the other was taken very quickly too so just as well we got in early! £10 and £5 cash entry on the turnstiles, it reminded me of the good old days back in the Conference! Once inside, a programme (£3 was the cover price but we were only charged £2) and a special pin badge for their first League game (£3) were purchased!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
The stadium looks quite nice around the home areas, then you look at the away end. I'm not saying it's a terrible away end, but it's certainly the only away end I've been in where screws have been falling out of the roof and where cracks in the supports have been duct-taped over!
 
The Peninsula Stadium
 
Peninsula Stadium
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Now where to even start here... Stewards: mostly untrained and unsure of what to do. Out of all of the stewards in the away end, only one had actually worked there before. All of the others were a mixture of agency and brand new! Facilities: The Gents were clean and tidy, nothing over special about them! The hand dryers didn't work properly, but they just about got the job done! The disabled toilets bemused me, normally the easiest to access with no difficulty. This one has a great big ledge on it! No idea how a wheelchair user who needs a lot of assistance will be able to access this! Food: How to even start here..there wasn't a great number of options - pies or chocolate bars. They had to stop selling pies during the first half as they were undercooked, over a month out of date (yes that is accurate!!) and the tills stopped working. You'd think the billionaire owners could help them afford some new tills and get in staff who didn't undercook out of date food... Game: Poor from Salford, absolutely woeful from us. A goal either side of Half Time from Mani Dieseruvwe saw Salford pick up the easiest points they'll collect all season. Atmosphere: You'd have been forgiven for thinking this was a pre-season fixture. Not a single bit of noise from the Salford fans, even after they went in front! After they went in front with their first-ever Football League goal, their fans were just clapping. You'd have thought they'd be going mad with celebration!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was simple enough, a train back from Manchester for just after 5 allowed us to get back to Manchester and get some food before heading off, then getting home for just before 8pm!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Terrible game, but otherwise not a bad day out. Definitely a nice away day with a good Conference feel, but nowhere near the levels of hype surrounding it from other Football League clubs.

Salford City v Stevenage
League 2
Saturday 3rd August 2019, 12:30pm
Andrew Bartlett (Doing the 92)

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

Along with the new Spurs stadium this was all I needed to complete the current 92. I took a cruise along the Manchester Ship canal last year and had a brief glimpse of the stadium so wanted to see it close up.

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

Living in the Midlands it was an easy trip via the M6 and M60. We arrived very early for the 12.30 kick-off and parked on Kersall Road. It was deserted when we arrived, but packed when we got back after the game.

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

There is literally nothing to do around the stadium. So after getting in for a very reasonable £10 adult and £5 concession we eat and drank inside. Had very nice curry and chips for £5. Sadly the craft beer concession was shut. So had a pretty good pint of Tetley's for £3. Didn't really speak much to home fans - there was a large contingent of people like us though doing the 92.

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

It is a bit of a shame that the ground is totally fenced off - so before the turnstiles open you couldn't access the ticket office or club shop. Once inside we found it a pleasant, modern if modest stadium, well suited to league football especially as it has cover on all four sides.

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

The game itself was rather low key, Stevenage might have had two penalties early in the game. But once the home side took the lead it was an easy victory. Not fantastic football, but I have seen worse.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As suggested on this website, after the game we headed away from the stadium by turning right out of Kersall Road and then left at the roundabout. Eventually, after missing one poorly marked exit, we were back on the M60 and home in the Midlands in just over two hours.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very pleasant day out at a new stadium. The only negative comment is that Salford City didn't seem to recognise that there would be a good number of neutrals attending. For example, you couldn't buy a ticket before the day, and then they shut the ticket office at 10.00 am. We were told that all seats were sold out. Looking around during the game they clearly were not. Will be interesting to see how they handle the arrival of Leeds in the League Cup.

Salford City v Stevenage
League 2
Saturday 3rd August 2019, 12:30pm
John Scott (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
A chance to tick another ground off and it being Salfords very first Football League game, witness a bit of history.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
On arrival in Manchester by train I tried to follow the club website instructions and take the 97/98 bus from Shudehill interchange to reach the ground. After speaking to a driver on the 97 he said I'd be better getting the 93 from the same stop as it actually went onto Moor Lane. I wasn't convinced but thought he should know best and after twenty or so minutes, and for the price of a £5 daysaver bus ticket, arrived a short walk from the ground. I had a South Stand ticket but arrived at the North stand. Stewards didn't seem like regulars as they just suggested asking at the turnstile when I asked the quickest route to my stand. In turn, the turnstile operator didn't even seem to know which stand he was working on and tried to pass me back to the steward. After a five minute walk around the houses, I reached the South Stand.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
A Wetherspoons breakfast at the 'Printworks' in Manchester before leaving for the ground. I arrived in good time and expected to get a pre-match pint but the bar I could see was out of bounds to all but South Stand season ticket holders...I think. It was blocked off by a manned gate where a gathering of thirsty impatient fans lobbied to try and get access. Finally, about 15 minutes before kick off that came, so a bit of a rush. I feel the club missed out financially with this arrangement and no doubt tainted the matchday experience for some.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
A nice, neat, bright ground which looked ideal in the sunshine. Seating down either touchline, then almost identical standing terraces behind each goal.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Salford grew in confidence as the game went on and won 2-0 and quite comfortably in the end, although a Stevenage player looked to have been pulled in the box at 0-0
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A bit unsure of the bus stops I walked about half a mile downhill, to Littleton Road until I reached a 93 bus stop to get back into Manchester.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A pleasant day out on a lovely day. The Peninsula Stadium is a tidy ground. The fans I met were friendly. There seemed to be a lot of fellow groundhoppers there. Many shirts were visible. Brighton, West Brom, and Preston to name a few.

Salford City v Stevenage
League 2
Saturday 3rd August 2019, 12:30pm
Thomas (Stevenage)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
A new stadium to visit and an opportunity to be on Sky Sports.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was easy on the Supporters Coach which parked a 20 second walk from the one turnstile.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Went straight into the stadium.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
Awful. From the outside, it looks lovely but inside it is poor.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was poor from a Stevenage point of view. However, the hype around Salford didn’t help. The away end was held together with gaffer tape and really sharp screws. If you sit on the ledge it’s easy to hurt yourself. Salford fans made no noise at all. Very disappointing food service, in which they sold out of day pies and we could only give correct change for drinks (which is all they had left). The disabled toilets entrance has a lip at the bottom, making it hard for wheelchair users.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was easy enough though the journey home dragged.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall it was a pretty awful day out. The only good parts were the journey at the atmosphere from the Stevenage fans.

Salford City v Bromley
National League
Saturday 30th March 2019, 3pm
Richard Mackey (Bromley)

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

Manchester is a great city for a football weekend away, and I have a friend who lives there and is willing to give me a bed for the night - so I was always going to travel up for this match and then stay over.

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

A train from London into Manchester Piccadilly. Then a twenty-minute walk through the city centre to the bus stop on Great Ducie Street. Got off at Moor Lane, then it's a short walk to the ground.

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

I had a beer and then some food beforehand in Central Manchester. I was surprised not to see any fans at all on the bus I got, but there was a reason for this. There are hardly any facilities near the ground as it's in a residential area, but there are a range of bars and food options behind the home end, and clearly, the home fans get to the ground early to use these facilities. What was on offer looked pretty good and was notably cheap for a football ground. If I visited again I would eat and drink here rather than in the city centre.

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

I was impressed by this ground - Salford City have a lot of money behind them but they've spent it well in constructing the best non-league venue (discounting clubs that used to be in the league) I've been to. It's a compact 5,000 at the moment, but there's enough room around three of the sides for the ground to be expanded if the club continues to prosper. The away end has a roof to help fans make some noise, and seats were available too along the side as there wasn't really any segregation for this match. I particularly liked the floodlights in the shape of the club crest - touches like that show the architect has put some thought into the design and hasn't just churned out an identikit box of a ground.

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

Salford were on top for a lot of the game as expected, but Bromley defended well to keep the score goalless. Strangely it all went wrong for Bromley after scoring in the 85th minute - we immediately shifted into ultra-defensive mode, invited a lot of pressure and let Salford score an 88th minute equaliser and then a 93rd minute winner. Had Bromley not taken the lead they probably wouldn't have lost the game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The away end is at the 'right' end if you're getting a bus back into town, so I managed to get near the front of the bus stop queue. Lots of buses go down Bury New Road so you wouldn't have to wait too long in any case.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I'd happily visit again, but Salford are clearly heading for the Football League and will stay there when they arrive, so the chances of future visits with Bromley are slim. I'd expect this to be a popular trip for other away fans.

Salford City v Shrewsbury Town
FA Cup 1st Round Replay
Wednesday 21st November 2018, 7.45pm
Danny Davies (Shrewsbury Town)

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

This was a new ground and indeed it's now put me onto 81 out of the 92, so getting there.

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

I travelled on our away travel coaches and it took around 1 hour 40.

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

There isn't really a lot near to the stadium, so ventured straight into the ground. The floodlights are pretty cool and very noticeably in the shape of Salfords club badge. There was temporary food and drink bars at the rear of the stand. I had a pie and a tea which did the job.

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

The whole ground was new, but all very modular. You could see how it was constructed in such a fast time. The terrace floor was steel rather than concrete, so each segment of the stands was pre-made before installing it on a concrete base. The atmosphere was pretty good, better than some much larger grounds I've visited.

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

The game was a proper cup tie, Shrewsbury won 3-1 so the 500 hard-core travelling fans went home happy after just sacking their manager days before.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had no problems leaving the stadium and we were home just before midnight.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A cool little ground that I imagine will improve over time.

Salford City v Hartlepool United
National League
Tuesday 25th September 2018, 7.45pm
Tony Smith (Doing the 134 + 24)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
 
An (unexpected) overnight in Manchester meant an earlier than the anticipated visit to see two teams challenging near the top of the table at a ground/team apparently rapidly developed beyond recognition with substantial high profile cash injections. In contrast, the away team, transported by Compass, seem to be finding their feet in their second season in this highly competitive league despite financial issues. A well-weathered Stockport County sticker on a lamp post, being a salutary reminder of what can happen!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
This site highlights the relative isolation of the Peninsular Stadium and I chose the reliability of a tram (Prestwich) and 30 minute walk whilst double checking at the local bus stop for options afterwards. Car parking in the vicinity is heavily restricted and there is a park and ride scheme although the tannoy announced problems with this on the night.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I had eaten earlier but passed various fish &chip shops etc on my walk but anyway my needs would have been met in the Fans Zone.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
 
I entered the ground at Gate B on Neville Road, built long before the involvement of brothers by that name and other ex-Man United ‘millionaires’. I had always presumed there was a minimum National League ticket charge applicable so was pleased to only be asked for £10, reduced to £5 for over 60’s. The comprehensive 60 page programme was only £2 and I scored badly on the “You’re the Ref” feature. As a segregated fixture, I was unable to walk fully around the stadium where there is no transfer charge to access the two sides of seating. Correspondingly the Fans Zone, comprising four modified freight containers each split into two units, was not accessible to Hartlepool fans. Food available included curry, burgers, Grandma’s Spicy and Grandad’s Sausage (no innuendo intended I presume) and local craft beer from Seven Brothers, but I only had a £1:50 cuppa. Eventually, I found an unmarked gents in another such unit and I think the players occupy similar. Some steps at the end had the painted slogan “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”. Whether an attempt at wit or nauseating slogan it had a personal negative impact then reinforced by the Peninsular & “Success starts here” branding throughout the roof façade inside. Not having watched the television documentary series about the rise of the club I don’t know their motivational practices nor how the ground has developed. The associated cost whilst no doubt substantial has however created a very uniform look similar to when Scunthorpe became the first Football League club with a (larger) new build. It made me initially think of the Monty Python lyric, “..as much imagination as a caravan site..” but the presence of corporate boxes/facilities eliminated my initial simplification.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The very impressive following of 558 visitors in a crowd of 2,420 mostly stood behind the goal with their self-effacing “Monkey Hangers” banner and were vocal. The home end had Ammies, Salford and Dirty Old Town banners. The latter song, associated/descriptive of old Salford, was used prior to kick-off and similarly Matchstalk Men on the final whistle. With apparently over one thousand season tickets sold the club are clearly working hard to establish an identity to go with their metal kit stadium. The better team won but it took over 60 mins for the deadlock to be broken and having allowed an advantage to be played I thought the ref missed a blatant push which made space for the scorer. Within about ten minutes it was all over at 3-0 and unfortunately some of the away contingent who left early then disgraced themselves with fighting and throwing behaviour.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I exited as police back-up arrived whilst admiring the red lighting emphasising the (hexagonal) club badge shaped floodlight lamp holder units. At 22:12 about twenty of us caught the x43 bus, running about 10 minutes late but reaching the centre of Manchester within a further 10 minutes. There was friendly chat comprising about ten away fans and news that Man United had been defeated on penalties in the League Cup.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Earlier in the summer, I completed a charity trail of 101 large bee statues including bespoke ones at The Ethiad and Old Trafford. I remain none the wiser about the geographical boundaries between Salford and Manchester (unlike the Newcastle/Gateshead divide) but always enjoy my visits including a decent competitive match on this occasion. Up to second in the league, I would not begrudge Salford City further success but don’t feel it will happen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Updated 5th September 2019

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