So, where's the ground?
Just off the A30. You can't miss it, there's a big sign! Mind you, when you come off the A30 and turn into Short Lane, be careful not to turn left, into the first sports ground you reach as that's Ashford Sports Club. Keep going and we're down on the right. We're very near Heathrow's Terminal 4, so our floodlights are lower than the average, although no less bright. Directions are available here.
What's it like?
The ground was opened in 1986, although most of the developments followed later. The Main Stand, pictured right, was opened in 1998 and has been expanded from its original capacity of 100 to now seat 150, while the opposite side boasts two covered areas. These were constructed in 2006 to replace a much simpler covered standing area that straddled the halfway line.
These two covered terraces had only been in operation for one season before the nearest to the entrance had 100 seats fitted to it in the Summer of 2007 in order to meet ground grading requirements. This Stand is shown in the picture below left. When this stand was fitted with seats, the original brick built dugouts were demolished and new, larger perspex dugouts were sited either side of the Main Stand. The Away Team bench is more or less directly opposite where the old benches were. Again, this was carried out in order to meet FA regulations, which state that both benches must be an equal distance from the halfway line.
All covered areas offer column-free viewing. There is no cover behind either goal, although the Short Lane End does have four steps of terracing. The Fuel Plant End (nearest the entrance) is very narrow, although there is hard standing and just enough room for one row of fans to watch the game. The Tea Bar, stocking all the usual hot food and drinks, is just inside the entrance and is competitively priced. Meanwhile, the pitch has received significant investment and is now among the better surfaces in the division.
What about the bar?
The clubhouse is outside the stadium and is fairly small. A refurbishment was carried out in the first quarter of 2008 and there is now a pool table. The beer range will always include John Smith's Cask and / or London Pride, with Guest Ales sometimes available. We also serve Foster's, Guinness, Strongbow and Courage Best on draught, as well as a range of bottled beers and soft drinks.
OK, you've sold me. How much does it cost to get in?
The prices for First Team games for the 2016-17 season are as follows:
Students (with student card), Jobseekers (with appropriate evidence) and OAPs (aged 65 and over) £5.00
The parents of players registered with Ashford Town (Middlesex) Junior Football Club are also admitted at the reduced rate, on production of their membership card.
Under 16s FREE when accompanied by an adult paying either full or reduced price, otherwise £2.
Alternatively, you can buy a season ticket, for the bargain price of £162 (payable by standing order at £13.50 per month, or as a lump sum if you prefer). This includes all First Team, Youth Team League Matches, as well as certain minor cup competitions and membership of Ernie's Bar. Concessionary season tickets can be purchased for £81 (at £6.75 per month if required). The season ticket can also be upgraded to include Social Club Membership.