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This guide to all of the grounds that the Moors will play at this season has been produced in the main from feedback by our fans following our first historic season in the National League. The club website will give you details of travel and admission prices etc. so this guide is designed to give the average football fan all of the other basic info they need to survive a day out following the Moors.

Solihull Moors Supporters Association will again be running coaches to many of the games subject to demand. As in previous years the price of away travel by SMSA coaches will prove to be very competitive compared to other forms of transport and is even cheaper if you have the My Moors Membership card, details of which can be found in another section of this website or by asking one of the SMSA reps who will be present at all our home games.

Enjoy your time following the Moors and may our season be a successful one.

AFC FYLDE - SAT. 21 APRIL

The Moors renew acquaintances with their old rivals from the National League North. As The Coasters play near to Blackpool a good day out is always guaranteed. Fylde moved grounds last year so this will be our first visit to their new home, Mill Farm. It sounds like they have splashed the cash and are developing a stadium that would meet Football League standards. There may be segregation, at this stage it is not clear how often this will be enforced. The clubhouse allows in away fans and serves a range of real ales.

ALDERSHOT TOWN – SAT. 2 SEPTEMBER

A well supported club, who last season celebrated their annual “Tour of Duty” at our place and brought over 700 fans along.  The old Recreation Ground (The EBB stadium) is showing its age but can generate a good atmosphere. Segregation is in operation and the away turnstiles are at the back of the ground so leave plenty of time to get in. The locals are friendly even coming to the aid of one poor Moors fan last season who managed to get himself stuck in a toilet cubicle when the door jammed! The clubhouse is usually reserved for home supporters only; there are a couple of pubs close to the away turnstiles which welcome visitors.  The usual football food is available within the ground, but special mention goes to the curry & chips.

BARROW – SAT. 30 DECEMBER

Holker Street, (Furness Building Society Stadium) can be a bit exposed as Moors fans will testify to, having endured a November hailstorm there last season, so go prepared for the elements. A section of the Holker Street Terrace is allocated to away fans. The usual burger van is on duty to satisfy your food needs. The Crossbar clubhouse welcomes away fans and there is a pub just outside the ground.

BOREHAM WOOD – SAT. 12 AUGUST

Boreham Wood on a cold raw January day to watch a 0-0 draw, need I say anymore to those Moors fans that made the trip last Season? The club have just signed a 10 year deal with Arsenal whose Juniors & Ladies teams play there, so expect to see some Stadium developments in the near future. Segregation should not be in operation for a visit by the Moors. The 2 open end terraces tend to house the majority of the fans though there are plenty of seats in the stands that run the length of the sides, and can be accessed at no extra cost. The clubhouse welcomed Moors Fans and the town centre is only a short walk away where you can find a number of pubs and food outlets. Apparently one of the pubs has an upstairs Terrace where you can view part of the East Enders set, which is filmed locally. Make a point of finding time before or after the game to walk through the park next to the ground, it has a Musical Arch which plays several tunes and encourages you to dance! Though one Moors fan that shall remain nameless, but has a liking of bread based products made the Arch fart as he walked through it!

BROMLEY – SAT. 16 SEPTEMBER

Hayes Lane is an old fashioned ground but is making some improvements with the South End undergoing a major reconstruction in 2018. New for this season is the installation of a 3G pitch, which technically is good news for the Moors as we won both our away games on such pitches last season. Bromley don’t tend to segregate and as a result away fans are welcome in the clubhouse which serves food and real ales and is well regarded. Other drinking establishments and food outlets are available on the High Street; about a 15 minute walk away, with The Carpenters Arms being given special mention by one Moors Fan.

CHESTER – SAT. 9 DECEMBER

The Diva (Lookers Vauxhall Stadium) is a modern looking ground in the middle of an Industrial Estate, as such there are not many off site amenities close at hand, thankfully the Stadium does have a good clubhouse and food outlets. Visiting fans are generally allowed in the clubhouse, apparently only Wrexham fans are not welcome! It serves a range of beers although our last visit was on New Year’s Day so there wasn’t a great demand for copious amounts of alcohol. Segregation is in operation inside the ground, with away fans generally being housed in the stand on the far side of the stadium. Take your passport as to get to this area requires you to cross over into Wales as the border runs through part of the ground. The pies on offer inside the ground are of a good standard and as such they ran out before half time. 

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE – SAT. 27 JANUARY

The Daggers home is the Chigwell Construction Stadium and on our visit there last year Moors Fans were afforded a warm welcome by the home fans, officials and stewards, although many of us were in our Christmas fancy dress finery so they may not have been sure of what to make of us! Away fans are generally allowed into the onsite clubhouse which serves a number of real ales and you know you are in London when you can get a pint of Young’s bitter. It is useful to have access to the clubhouse as the stadium is some distance from other facilities. Away fans are segregated in a modern stand at the opposite end of the ground from the clubhouse; this stand looks to be the best part of the stadium. Food and drink are available inside the ground and the facilities are of a good standard.

DOVER ATHLETIC – SAT. 30 SEPTEMBER

It was a long way to travel to witness a 0-0 draw, but having said that it was a treat to be able to visit The Crabble. The draw was an important one for us but whilst the action may not have been top notch a useful distraction were the views from this quirky ground. Built into a hillside the one side of the ground nestles into a steep hill as such when the ball goes over the low stand the ball boys can retrieve the ball and stand and watch the game from above the roofline. On the other side of the ground is a drop of more than 200 feet down to the rugby pitch below, affording fine views. There is generally no segregation and away fans are allowed into the clubhouse which is inside the ground, though most Moors fans fortified themselves at The Cricketers Pub before climbing the steep hill up to the stadium.  The pub serves a good range of beers and was also a stop off after the game to discuss the lack of goalmouth action with the friendly home fans. The food inside the ground was of a good standard, with a special mention for the chips and curry sauce which was like eating a Vesta curry from years ago as it contained currants!

EASTLEIGH – TUES. 24 OCTOBER

The Silverlake Stadium has undergone a number of developments in the last few years and now has stands on all sides of the ground. There are plans in the future to build a new 9,000 capacity ground on the same site. Increasingly Eastleigh segregate fans; the Spitfire clubhouse normally welcomes away fans and serves real ales and proved very popular last year with several Moors fans reporting that pints were on offer at £1 a time! The home fans are welcoming and are happy to engage in some friendly banter.

EBBSFLEET UNITED – SAT. 10 FEBRUARY

The club changed its name to Ebbsfleet United in 2007 following the demise of Gravesend & Northfleet, a team who played a home game at Villa Park in the FA Cup in the 1990’s. This is a new team for the Moors to play this season following their promotion from The National League South last year. So what can visiting fans expect? Generally there is no segregation in operation and if so away fans can get access to the Fleet Lounge club bar which is located inside the ground.  Other drinking establishments are few and far between with The George & Dragon a 10 minute walk away by Swanscombe rail station. There are plans to redevelop the whole of the Stonebridge Road ground over a period of time with the first phase being a new main stand which should be fully open for the start of the 2017-18 season. Depending on which end of the ground you stand you can either get a pleasant view of a wood covered hill or a towering electricity pylon.

FC HALIFAX TOWN – SAT. 24 MARCH

It should have been Kidderminster we were playing this season and all of the culinary delights that entails, but alas they fell short at the crucial time and Halifax secured the play off place from the National League North.  Being set on the side of a hill gives The Shay an enclosed and green look but can also be exposed to the elements coming off The Pennines. Segregation is in operation and depending on the size of the away following visitors are either located in the Skircoat Stand or for smaller followings a section of the Main Stand. 
Away fans are allowed into the small clubhouse, but there are also a number of pubs in the local area. If you have the time and are able a visit nearby Rippendon then check out the Last Post & Milestone pubs as they are run by Silhillian’s Shell & Sully, so Moors fans are assured of a warm welcome.

GATESHEAD – SAT. 24 FEBRUARY

The Gateshead International Stadium is a huge soulless place which struggles to generate any atmosphere due to the fans being separated from the action by an 8 lane running track.  Away fans are seated in the East Stand on the opposite side of the stadium to the home fans. The nearest pubs are by the River Tyne a short walk away, there are no alcohol outlets in the East Stand, though there is a variety of food on offer.

GUISELEY – SAT. 21 OCTOBER

Moors fans should be afforded a warm welcome at Nethermoor, as Guiseley’s 89th minute equaliser against us in the final game of last season guaranteed their National League status for another year. It’s a friendly welcoming place regardless of previous games and segregation is not usually in force. The clubhouse serves a range of real ales and the selection of pies accompanied by mushy peas is highly recommended. Make sure you look out for the club mascot, “The Lion Dog” he’s a big friendly lad who loves the attention he receives.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED – SAT. 7 APRIL

“Unbelievable Jeff” but yes this season Moors fans get to visit Victoria Park, the home of H’Angus the Monkey! So what can we expect, not a warm balmy climate if reports are to be believed. The wind whips off the North Sea ensuring that even on a summer’s day you need to be wrapped up against the elements, unless of course you spend all year in a short sleeved shirt! Still there are benefits; Hartlepool is the home of Cameron’s Brewery, so if you have not tried it, a pint of Strongarm is an absolute must, the Brewery Tap and The Causeway Pub both in the town centre, come highly recommended. Closer to the ground The Victoria Suite & the Corner Flag bar both welcome away fans. Visitors are housed in the Rink Stand which is one of the ends of the traditional compact stadium. The usual football food is available in the ground and the town centre is not too far away where there is a variety of food outlets.

LEYTON ORIENT – TUES. 8 AUGUST

The famous grounds for us to visit just keep on coming, so with the “O’s” surviving a close administration shave The Moors get to play at Brisbane Road. We can hopefully look forward to copious amounts of donuts & ice cream being on offer as the new man in charge is the owner of The Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robins chains. The stadium has undergone a fair bit of development in the recent past, funded mainly by selling off the corners of the ground for office buildings so the ground has an unusual appearance to it. Away fans will be segregated, generally in a section of the Main stand. The small supporters club does welcome away fans at £1 entry, but is popular as it is CAMRA listed. There are a number of other well regarded pubs close to the ground near Leyton Station. The usual food is on offer inside the ground and a number of the local pubs also do food.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN – SAT. 6 JANUARY

We all breathed a collective sigh of relief at the end of last season’s Easter Monday game as our victory at Moss Rose effectively guaranteed us another year in the National League. I have to say that a visit to Moss Rose (regardless of the result) is a real pleasure. A good modern stadium, you need to purchase your tickets either in advance or from a ticket booth on the day as there is no cash on the turnstiles. Away fans are either located in the John Askey uncovered Terrace or more likely for a visit by the Moors in a section of the Henshaw’s Stand. If you have the time and stamina before the game take a leisurely 1 ½ mile walk from the town centre to Moss Rose and this will bring you into contact with numerous excellent pubs all serving good real ales and food, the last one being about a 10 minute walk from the ground. If you haven’t been fortified enough by the time you reach the stadium the £5 pint & pie deal proved a popular choice for many Moors fans.

MAIDENHEAD UNITED – TUES. 26 DECEMBER

York Road is officially acknowledged as the oldest continually used football ground in the world, having seen the first game played there in 1871 - Bramall Lane, Sheffield is an older ground but has not been continually used by just one club. So the Moors make their visit there on Boxing Day this season for the first of our 2 game festive period clashes with this season’s “local rivals” Maidenhead! The ground has started to have a fresh feel about it with the opening a couple of years ago of a new seated stand, both ends of the ground are terracing and there is a small open terrace opposite the seated stand. Maidenhead doesn’t tend to segregate but if they do away fans will be given a section of the Bell Street End. Away fans can drink in the Stripes Bar at the ground and there is a Conservative Club next door which features in the CAMRA guide and admits visitors for a small fee, otherwise the town centre is only a 5 minute walk away and has a number of pubs.

MAIDSTONE UNITED – SAT. 18 NOVEMBER

A ten minute walk from Maidstone town centre brings you to The Gallagher Stadium, built in 2012 it is fairly low key and uninspiring from the outside but once inside you are treated to a modern football ground. Moors fans report that on their visit last season they were afforded a warm welcome from stewards and fans, so abusing their hospitality we ran out clear winners in the game played on their 3G pitch. The stadium boasts a good looking main stand, a small terrace at one end of the ground and a new North terrace opened in 2017, I wonder where their old North Terrace ended up? Segregation is not usually enforced for a visit by the Moors so access to all parts of the ground is possible. The food on offer is good including the Pie Hut and special mention goes to the Moroccan Lamb. Visiting fans are welcome in The Spitfire Lounge next to the main entrance and there are a couple of pubs close to the ground and a good selection in the town centre.

SUTTON UNITED – SAT. 10 MARCH

This fixture will live long in the memory of many Moors fans as Gander Green Lane is where our National League journey began last season. On a hot August day that was more suited to sunbathing than running around chasing a ball, having been under pressure for most of the first half, suddenly Captain Ryan Beswick popped up to unleash a shot into the corner of the Sutton net. The 1-3 final score line put to bed any doubts that the Moors didn’t belong in the National League. Yes indeed, “life on plastic was fantastic”! And so to the stadium, a nice compact ground surrounding a 3G pitch, no segregation in force so you are able to freely move around and the stewards and club officials were all very friendly and welcoming. The food on offer was good, yes, you have to have a pie at a football match even it is 80’f. The clubhouse which like at our place is just outside the ground at the back of the main stand is a good size and serves a variety of real ales, with special mention going to the Sutton United Ale, also the Gander Inn; a 10 minute walk through the park provides an alternative.

TORQUAY UNITED – SAT. 26 AUGUST

An August Bank Holiday Saturday match at Torquay; the fixture gods were certainly looking kindly upon the Moors this season! Plainmoor has a new main stand built 5 years ago, opposite is a covered terrace. At one end of the ground is an all seater stand and the other end is the covered Warbro Road terrace which houses the away fans. The obligatory burger van provides the food on offer. Away fans are welcome to use the Boots & Laces club which is located behind the main stand. A 10 minute walk along the Babbacombe Road will bring you to local pubs and the award winning Hanbury’s fish & chip shop.

TRANMERE ROVERS – MON. 2 APRIL

You know that the Moors are playing at the highest non-league level when you arrive at Prenton Park, this stadium belongs in the Football League and is wasted at our level. The overwhelming consensus of Moors fans is that it was the best Stadium they visited last season. Highlights include the Supporters run Fanzone situated alongside the main stand serving a selection of quality real ales; the good food on offer; the superb views of the pitch from the Cowshed stand which houses the away fans and the welcome afforded by the home fans who are more than happy to talk all things football to visitors. All in all it makes for a great day out in Birkenhead. Away fans can buy their tickets in advance from Tranmere and save money on the match day price. So many of us are already looking forward to Easter Monday 2018, unfortunately a 90 minute football match will get in the way of our day out but surely it can’t be as bad as last year, can it?

WOKING – TUES. 12 SEPTEMBER

Kingfield is dominated at one end by the Leslie Gosden Stand which towers above the rest of the stadium, the rest of the ground being a mixture of terracing and a small stand. Our visit there last February following a prolonged period of rain resulted in the playing surface possibly being the worst that the Moors had encountered all season. Generally segregation is not in operation and as such away fans can visit The Cardinals bar behind the main stand, alternatively a 10 minute walk into the town centre will give you an array of pubs. The food on offer in the main stand is run by a local fish & chip shop so smells great.

WREXHAM – TUES 21 NOVEMBER

You know that you are in a town with a long footballing history when you walk into the local Wetherspoon’s and it is festooned with Wrexham FC flags and memorabilia. The Racecourse ground is the oldest international football stadium that still hosts matches and has seen Wales play more internationals there than any other ground. So get out your passports and be treated to a rousing rendition of “Men of Harlech” designed to strike fear into the hearts of the English visitors. Away fans are housed in a section of the upper tier of the Yale stand. I would advise against sitting in the first couple of rows of this stand as the local pigeons use the seats for target practice. Visitors with I guess the exception of Chester fans are generally welcome in the Centenary Club which is at the back of the Yale stand, although with its close proximity to the town centre there are a number of pub choices, though for that last minute pint before the game you can’t beat The Turf pub which is built into the corner of the ground next to the now disused Kop Terrace. The food on offer inside the ground is of a good standard and the stewards are a friendly bunch.

 
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