Visitor Information

Nearest Railway Station

Ashford (Middlesex)

Nearest Underground

Hatton Cross (Piccadilly Line)

Onsite Parking

Yes, on grassed area

Adult Admission

£9.00

Concessions Admission

£5.00 for Pensioners and Students with valid ID.

FREE for accompanied children.

Credit Cards accepted?

Yes, in Ernie's Bar - £5.00 minimum spend. The turnstiles are cash only.

Who are we?
Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club can claim a history dating back to 1958, when two local sides merged to form a new club called Ashford Albion.  Albion were initially successful, but had been struggling in the Premier Division of the Hounslow & District League for a few years when they changed their name to Ashford Town in 1964.  At the same time, the club adopted a strip of tangerine shirts and white shorts - partly because several of the players were Blackpool supporters and partly because they could only afford one new kit and needed something that wouldn't clash with anyone else!  To this day, the club's colours are tangerine and white.

The club reconstituted itself in January 1965 and this could be considered the start of the modern club, as Ashford withdrew their First Team from the Premier Division of the Hounslow League and soldiered on in Division Two, where the Reserves had started the season.  Having regrouped, the club progressed into the Surrey Intermediate League (Western) and were champions of this competition in 1974-75 before becoming founder members of the Surrey Premier League in 1982.  Acquiring a home ground in 1985-86 was key, but the Robert Parker Stadium was both very different when it opened in February 1986 and called something else entirely!

Having won promotion into senior football in 1990, the club changed name again, to "Ashford Town (Middlesex)" to avoid confusion with the Kent club also called "Ashford Town" and dominated the Combined Counties League during the second half of the 1990s, winning five titles before winning promotion to the Isthmian League in 2000.  A combination of league reorganisations and promotions saw Ashford Town (Middlesex) reach the Isthmian League Premier Division and stay there for four seasons before being relegated to the Southern League Central Division in 2010.  Ashford won three trophies in the 2011-12 season, before being relegated back to the Combined Counties League in 2014.  The club gained promotion to the Southern League at the end of the 2015-16 season. Full details of the history of the club, including a results archive, can be found here.

Where are we?
The ground is not actually in the town of Ashford itself, but is instead in Stanwell, which is a neighbouring village.  The ground is easily reached by car, Short Lane being just off the A30 and close to Junctions 13 and 14 of the M25.  The ground has a large grassed area for car parking, which all visitors can access free of charge.  The ground is within the Green Belt, so this area cannot be surfaced and should therefore be approached with caution during bad weather.

If you're travelling by public transport, there are different challenges.  As you will see from our standard directions, the nearest Railway Station is Ashford, over two miles away and the Underground Station with the best bus links to the ground, Hatton Cross, is a similar distance.  These directions include details of the most relevant bus services from these stations.

Alternatives are available for intrepid travellers - fast trains from London Waterloo and Reading call at Staines.  Staines Bus Station is a short walk from the Railway Station and is the starting point for the 203 bus route, which stops at Long Lane.  There are also additional bus routes available from Hatton Cross or even Heathrow Terminals 4 and 5.  The 482 and 490 buses call at Sealand Road and the Heathrow Cargo Centre, from where crossing two bridges will bring spectators to the main road, which they should cross and then proceed down Long Lane. 

What's the area like?
The ground is a little way from the centre of Stanwell, close to Heathrow Airport, so can seem a little bleak in the winter.  There are a range of takeaways and other restaurants in Ashford, which can be reached by car or bus from the ground, while Stanwell Village has several pubs.  The closest pub to the ground is the Three Crowns in Long Lane, which is around a five-minute walk from the ground.  There is a Harvester restaurant on the A30, with a large Tesco opposite and this can be reached on foot.  Clare Road in Stanwell has a Sainsbury's Local and numerous shops and can be accessed via a short drive or the 203 and 555/557 bus routes.  The Sainsbury's Local and Tesco both have free Cash Machines, while a Petrol Station on Bedfont Road has an ATM that will charge for withdrawals.

What about the ground?
The Robert Parker Stadium has been extensively developed over recent seasons and includes 250 covered seats, split over two stands, plus covered terracing for another 250 spectators.  There is also an area built into the Main Stand for the use of spectators with wheelchairs. 

These facilities are developed along the two sides of the ground - there is insufficient room at one end for additional spectator facilities, while the Short Lane End has space, but the club is limited by Green Belt regulations that restrict the amount of development the club can undertake.  The image gallery on the left shows the whole site, including the training pitches that were originally cricket and hockey pitches.  You would pass these pitches as you travel up the driveway towards the turnstiles.

The first major building visitors to the club encounter on arrival is the clubhouse.  This is open all day on match days, for all spectators and visitors and serves a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks, crisps and snacks plus home-made filled rolls.  It is also open throughout the week for the use of club members. 

Adjacent to the clubhouse is the main turnstile block, which, for the majority of matches is used by all paying spectators.  There is a second turnstile block near the halfway line, but this would only be used in the event of crowd segregation being required.  Season ticket holders, visiting officials and club guests should not enter via the turnstiles, but should use the stewarded gate immediately to their left.

Once through the turnstiles, spectators will see two cabins.  The blue one that is directly in front of the turnstiles has a dual purpose.  One half forms the tea bar, which serves hot and cold drinks, hot dogs, burgers, pies and sweets.  The high quality of the food has been frequently remarked upon, although vegetarian options are severely limited.

To the right of this cabin is a wooden building, which is the club shop.  This stocks programmes, sports books, lapel badges and other merchandise.

Turning left after passing through the turnstile (and / or visiting the tea bar!), you will see the pitch and one of the two seated stands.  This stand was originally a terrace, but had 100 seats installed in 2007 to meet ground grading requirements.  Further along this touchline is a small covered terrace and a building containing spectator toilets, including one which is wheelchair-accessible.  The Main Stand, comprising 150 tiered seats, is on the opposite side of the ground.  The remainder of the ground consists of hard standing, with a small terrace behind the goal at the Short Lane End.  Spectators can go wherever they like and are free to move around at will and may change ends at half time if they wish.  There is no additional charge for seating.

Forthcoming Events

25 Nov 2017
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (H)
28 Nov 2017
07:45PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (a)