Salford City | Peninsula Stadium | Moor Lane | Football Ground Guide – $2,100,000
Feels like a top level non league ground but perfectly pleasant. Enjoyed this 5 goal thriller and got to my 92nd English ground, although the quest to get all the grounds will continue. The beer is brewed in Salford and must be some of the best in English Football.
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Two fast trains and one semi-fast got me home at bed time! 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. I went in the car with it being an evening kick off with a friend from work.
The ground is not far off the M I didn’t have a clue where to park until we saw a line of cars parked up on the left on a quiet road about 10 minutes from the ground. Could have and maybe should have set off earlier and had a quick pint in a pub on the way to the ground as there are none near the stadium at all. This is a very strange and unique ground as all the stands give the impression of “temporary” as if each one has been made in kit form.
Very much the same stands on all four sides but the ground is colourful, bright, spacious and appealing but I think it is only a matter of time before the stands will be replaced with more permanent structures.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. Town were top of the table and yet to concede a goal going into this game. The atmosphere was good as a decent crowd had turned out on a decent night.
Salford took what was a deserved lead on 11 minutes after going straight for the throat from kick off. To the appreciation of the away support, Matty Kosylo equalised on 73 minutes only for the home team to grab the winner on 83 minutes which was probably deserved as they just about edged it overall. Took a full hour from the ground to the motorway due to road works. Then approaching Leeds we were directed off the motorway because of more road works so after dropping my workmate at home in Pontefract I wasn’t in bed until gone midnight and I had to be up at 6 for work the next morning!
Another away ground visited and town brought back down to earth with a bump. I knew our good start to the season was too good to be true! 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!
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.
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.
Eventually, I found an unmarked gents in another such unit and I think the players occupy similar. 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.
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 and unfortunately some of the away contingent who left early then disgraced themselves with fighting and throwing behaviour. I exited as police back-up arrived whilst admiring the red lighting emphasising the hexagonal club badge shaped floodlight lamp holder units.
At 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. Earlier in the summer, I completed a charity trail of large bee statues including bespoke ones at The Ethiad and Old Trafford.
Danny Davies Shrewsbury Town 21st November This was a new ground and indeed it’s now put me onto 81 out of the 92, so getting there. I travelled on our away travel coaches and it took around 1 hour 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.
Richard Mackey Bromley 30th March 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. 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.
James Walker Stevenage 3rd August As much as you have to be looking forward to the first game of the season, if you had offered me a dull boring before this game then I would’ve taken it and ran. I was fully expecting us to lose this curtain raiser. 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 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! 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! 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.. They had to stop selling pies during the first half as they were undercooked, over a month out of date yes that is accurate!! 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! 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! 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.
Andrew Bartlett Doing the 92 3rd August 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. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: A very pleasant day out at a new stadium.
John Scott Doing the 92 3rd August A chance to tick another ground off and it being Salfords very first Football League game, witness a bit of history. 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 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. 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. A nice, neat, bright ground which looked ideal in the sunshine. Seating down either touchline, then almost identical standing terraces behind each goal.
Salford grew in confidence as the game went on and won and quite comfortably in the end, although a Stevenage player looked to have been pulled in the box at 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.
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. Thomas Stevenage 3rd August The journey was easy on the Supporters Coach which parked a 20 second walk from the one turnstile.
The game was poor from a Stevenage point of view. The away end was held together with gaffer tape and really sharp screws. 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. Overall it was a pretty awful day out. The only good parts were the journey at the atmosphere from the Stevenage fans.
Shaun Leeds United 13th August 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. 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.
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.
It was a potential banana skin for us Colchester, Histon, Sutton, Newport etc. That said Salford were unlucky not to get a consolation goal and maybe rather than would have been a more accurate reflection of the game.
Stewards were fine, and the facilities are basic but new. 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.
Alex Thomson Port Vale 17th August Those travelling on public transport need to be organised. We had complimentary tickets and were sent from pillar to post to get these.
It is surrounded by a high black fence making it look like a prison, plus there is no signage of where you are! 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.
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. It is still very much non-league and Salford need to up their game concerning the matchday experience.
Ian Bradley Neutral 17th August By train from my Rotherham base. 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.
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, with another seats for visitors in the North Stand. 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 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. Tim Scales Leyton Orient 31st August Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: A good point from a goal down at a tidy enough ground. Steve Smytheman Doing the 92 again 4th September Although I had completed the 92, Salford were not in it so this visit was to preserve the full list as well as to add a new ground.
I drove as I needed to leave straight after for work so needed a near spaceman sparked in a side street 5 minutes walk away having made sure it was not residents restricted. Got very wet! Despite being a ground called Moor Lane the on the day cash entrance is off Nevile Road, so a walk in the rain through side streets to start.
Once in the steward shepherd you to the concessions at the rear in the rain, not the shelter of the terraces. I know its been rebuilt on the same location in a short time, and they’ve done a good job, not too ambitious but all sides covered and if fortunes favoured they could do it again on a larger scale. There is a considerable slope left to right which is vey off putting. Stewards unhelpful, see above, game as a neutral was really good and four goals away from home is always encouraging, and as the rain had stopped was good value.
Im really not sure about cash on the game with no ticket given out as being acceptable. Quick walk, bang on the final whistle put me in good stead. Not the largest traffic but you get some leaving the city centre anyway.
They need to wise up a bit for the fan experience. As the concessions are outside in the open a bit of flexibility, but I don’t want to be over harsh. There is a bit to learn but they’ve come a long way in a short time. Ian Howitt Doing the 92 14th September Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: A 5-minute wait for the bus, ten minutes to the car and I was away heading southbound.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: I enjoyed it. I have never been to Salford City and this was as an opportunity because of the International Break. I walked from Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station. It took about 80 minutes and was mostly uphill, but I didn’t mind. I like walking, but after the game I got 98 bus back to the centre of Salford, which took ten minutes. I could see no pubs or eateries near to the ground.
There was an outdoor bar at the stadium, but it didn’t open until 1. There were plenty of Swindon and other supporters like myself twiddling our thumbs outside waiting. It was the second biggest league attendance of the season, so I think the Club missed a trick with loss of potential revenue.
It was a two-minute walk to Bury New Road, where there was a frequent bus service back into town. An enjoyable day, but a shame that there are no pre-match pubs or eating places near to the ground. Erik Williams Doing the 92 16th November This was the last of the 92 for me. Now I can relax a bit. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: I walked along back along Neville Road, which leads into Moor Lane.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: A decent game of football after some confusion getting into the stadium. Josh Gripton Wolverhampton Wanderers 3rd December A trip to Salford was very pleasing as this was the first team any Wolves team had played there. As we drove from Wolverhampton the M6 was fairly quiet.
Driving around Manchester was another story completely! One hour to do 8 miles! Parking was easy to find by the ground. Note that a number of cars did look like they had tickets on. As the guide suggests there really isn’t anything to do near the ground. We went straight in and used the “facilities” inside the ground!
The ground is small and compact. Going into the away end was an experience. It must be said that I would imagine for a following of more then it would be a nightmare trying to get in. Friendly service and a decent hot drink. The toilets in a cabin type structure with 2 urinals and 2 toilets left a bit to be desired. As there were Wolves fans it wasn’t a massive wait but can imagine that would be very different for a league match.
The game itself was poor with a poor atmosphere for these games! Worst of all was the defeat and missing the chance of further grounds to visit.
A nice little ground. The facilities leave something to be desired and would definitely need to be improved if Salford move further up the leagues! On a side note be aware that the ground is quite high up so wrap up warm in winter!
Steve Ellis Exeter City 14th December Peninsula Stadium How easy was your journey and finding the ground? Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc. Comments on getting away from the ground after the game. Getting away afterwards was easy as I was on the supporters coach, an easy run out to the motorway and back in Exeter just after 11 pm Attendance: 2, away fans. John Baker Exeter City 14th December I travelled on one of the supporters coaches with the coach pulling up on the main road right by the entrance of the away end.
With not much to see, I went back to the ground and enjoyed the hospitality of a burger van parked near to the away end. I found the Salford people welcoming and friendly. The ground itself is in a somewhat unusual location with a 15 minute walk to any real amenities. Inside both the standing and seating sections are accessed by the same entrance. A small clean and tidy stadium with decent legroom in the seating area.
Both ends of the ground are pretty similar with a covered standing terrace. A special mention for the pitch that looked dead flat with a good playing surface. It was a good game from our point of view as Exeter won the match Catering facilities were typical League 2 standard pies, sausage rolls, tea, coffee etc. A good day all round with Exeter claiming the three points and a friendly welcome from Manchester locals on a cold dark December afternoon. The stadium location was the only downside.
Roger Crewe Alexandra 26th December Crewe fans informed by Salford City to use a Park and Ride service, as car parking in nearby streets is forbidden. There was no signage at all for the Park and Ride. We managed to eventually find it and caught the bus to get to the ground.
After the Park and Ride dropped us off at the ground the only option was the catering onsite. The food was surprisingly good but extremely slow to get served. Just two makeshift boxes, one selling food one selling drinks. Very poor first impression. It looks very homemade with modern corrugated iron and containers for toilets. The seating numbering system is very confusing. The away fans weren’t allowed to bring in a drum so the atmosphere was muted despite over in the away section.
Only in the home sections. The stewards very surly and have great power in a Hi-Viz. The queue for the food was told to move all of 6 inches as the queue was in the wrong place.
No markings or barriers to suggest where any queue should be in the first place. Exceedingly poor getting away. The Park and Ride bus didn’t turn up for the journey back after being assured it would return.
Therefore we, along with a number of other fans, had to walk back to the Park and Ride car park, which took over 30 minutes. This on a very dark wet night, along unlit roads with wet leaves on them, with children was dangerous. Also, I noticed that despite being informed of no street parking, home fans were parked in the side roads.
Gazman Walsall 4th January First time visit to Salford. I had read the reviews and seen the photos on this site but I needed to take a look for myself. Added to that it’s another one off the 92 list. A nice easy journey of about an hour and three quarters up the M6 on the supporters coach from the Bescot though there didn’t seem to be too many signs pointing the way nearer to the ground.
The last sign I saw was about a foot square and strapped to a traffic light post! Not a great deal to do around the immediate area so I just went straight into the ground. When I go to a new ground I like to have a good walk around and take a few snaps. Sadly it wasn’t possible to do so as the home end of the ground was inaccessible to away fans. Whether this is a regular thing I don’t know but it was a bit disappointing.
The home end was open after the game but obviously all but the club shop was closed. The Peninsula Stadium is built just off the very narrow Moor Lane and is at a lower level from the road.
First impressions were of a non-league ground. Every stand was the same :- about 20 foot high, constructed of red-painted steel cladding with mesh near the top, presumably to allow light in. Two turnstiles give access to the away end but a piece of advice:-once you’re in, you are in for the duration and even though you’re outside there appears to be a no smoking policy.
I didn’t bother with those so not sure of the goods on offer or prices. There are also a couple of grim toilet blocks. Inside, the ground is what would be best described as functional. It’s an all covered affair which is completely enclosed. Both ends are terraced of about 11 steps high which are made of steel plate and have a bit of a temporary feel to them. The ground has a massive slope which can be easily seen from the terrace. As I say- functional. At least the four corner floodlights are interesting; in the shape of Salford’s club badge.
Not a bad atmosphere to be honest and the thousand or so Walsall fans make a lot of noise. The stewards were friendly and helpful enough. Not a great game and having been to the reverse fixture which Salford won I was expecting a similar scoreline but Walsall dug in and keeper Liam Roberts made some great saves.
Given the cash injection from some of the Class of 92 and the amount of media attention the club get I was a bit disappointed by the ground. Very non-league I felt. That being said it’s a decent ground and there didn’t seem to be too many spare seats so unlike some clubs who spend big when they gain some success, build bigger stands that they can’t fill and then find themselves in debt and free-falling back through the leagues, I suppose Salford are very satisfied.
David Adams Port Vale 7th January Anyway, Salford had knocked Wolves U’s out in the previous round so I wanted the Vale to go one better. Also, it was an opportunity to go to a ground I had not been before that wasn’t too far away. Busy driving up the M6 especially near the Thelwall Viaduct and the Croft Interchange due to road works and rush hour traffic but other than that it was fine.
Due to the low attendance, it was easy to park in a side street near to the ground. Note that there is a residents parking scheme all around the ground rigorously enforced by traffic wardens, even at this game I saw somebody’s vehicle being ticketed. Fortunately, I knew about this before I went and parked in Oaklands Road away from the ground.
There is no car park at the ground except for staff etc. The ground is obviously a newish construction rather like a Meccano set with all-metal construction.
The roof level is uniform on all four sides and covers all the four sides including the corners. Identical terraces on both ends and seating on both sides with the away fans using the East Stand terraced end and some of the adjacent seating in the Moor Lane Stand.
All very neat and tidy and no obscured sightlines or posts, however with the uniform roof level and a small number of rows in each stand there is nowhere to get a higher view of the pitch. Confusingly the Moor Lane stand with its hospitality boxes is not where the dressing rooms are and so the teams run out from the Neville Road Stand opposite and it’s also where the dugouts are. Interesting floodlights with club logo on the back of each light lit up in red. The ground itself is in a nice residential area and thIs could be a problem in the future if the club gets promoted and needs more capacity as it is a small stadium.
With only fans in attendance of which were Vale fans, you could say the atmosphere was a bit subdued but in fairness, both sets of fans made some noise from time to time. The stadium may be neat and tidy but there are no facilities within the stands themselves for away fans.
The toilets are a couple of portoloos and the refreshments are in a small kiosk situated outside the back of the East Stand. These are seriously not up to league standard but being a small attendance there were no queues on the night. The stewards were okay and friendly enough. The game itself was a scrappy affair which the wind didn’t help especially given the amount of hoof ball both sides indulged in. Salford nicked a goal near half time from a corner and whilst Vale improved after the break by trying to pass the ball on the ground instead of hoofing it Salford are a very strong physical side who press hard and eventually this wore the Vale down and they ran out comfortable winners.
So no revenge for Wolves being knocked out in the previous round. Beware of potholes on the pavement outside the ground on Moor Lane! The pavement itself is quite narrow and I stepped in one to avoid some Salford fans coming in the opposite direction only to fall over!
A couple of Salford fans were very helpful in getting me back up again and one remarked that he fell in the same pothole going to the match. Apart from that mishap, it was easy to drive away from the ground without any delays.
A disappointing game with a poor performance from the Vale who had performed heroics against Manchester City just a few days before. The effort was there but with several key players rested the quality wasn’t and against a big physical team they struggled. Apart from that, it was another ground ticked off although my right foot has now got some bruises which have given me a less than pleasant memory!
Clive Doing 92 8th February I travelled by train and walked from Kesal Station. It was pretty hard. I finally spotted two tiny, grimy signs to take you up the appropriately named Nevile Road and then follow people going to the game.
The staff were friendly. Functional, largely made of corrugated iron and concrete terraces. Very sloping pitch.
Small capacity. No proper toilets though, only temporary cabins. Not good. Nice floodlights though. The game was very poor, which was not helped by a bumpy pitch and high wind. Crawley offered nothing but long balls and to be fair. Salford created enough chances to have won comfortably. But it ended goalless. Not a problem — the area between Victoria station and where Kersal starts is pretty ropey, to say the least.
Stephen Webb Crawley Town 8th February Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: Getting away from the ground was fine as we’d pre-booked a taxi. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: Overall we had a good day out, but as for going back, it’s ticked off now, so probably won’t bother.
Dan Maguire Crawley Town 8th February I went on the club coach leaving Crawley at and made our way up to a pub stop The Kilton in Knutsford for a beer and a spot of lunch. Leaving Knutsford around 2pm made our way around the outskirts of Manchester arriving at Salford for around pm. The coaches were able to park immediately outside the turnstiles so no chance of getting lost. A really nice pub with a very relaxed vibe. From outside the stadium looks low and very red and a bit of an eyesore within the surrounding countryside.
Inside it has an enclosed feel but with the back walls of the stand being wired fencing the cold air circulated around us making us pretty cold! Also, the stadium feels very temporary which makes sense with the hope of a sudden rise through the leagues. The game was a draw and Crawley were probably fortunate to get a point.
The away end was a little rowdy but the home fans seemed uninterested in creating an atmosphere. I did not venture to try the food or drinks as facilities seemed pretty basic…. After the game, the coaches got away fairly quickly back onto the M6 and we arrived back in Crawley at around Overall a good day out especially as we took a vast number of fans which is always nice to see. Plus I got to meet up with the creator of the amazing website who came in the away end with us.
Colin Plymouth Argyle 11th February Historic day…. Lots of hype around Salford and the Class of 92 so I wanted to see the stadium and gauge what they have achieved so far in their short life. Travelled up from Plymouth on the train and arrived at 2pm in Manchester. The Peninsula stadium does not have a clear route to it, the metrolink doesn’t pass by it, so I went to Shudehill Interchange the central bus station and got bus details. The No 97 and 98 go past Moor lane which is less than half a mile from the stadium.
I did a quick tour of the City and had a cream tea in Debenhams it was not real Devonshire cream just whipped!! It looked good in the dark all lit up but more like a sports complex than a football ground.
Nevertheless, it looked smart and modern not like the rusty gantrys and shabby roofs I had expected. The toilets and food kiosks were in old shipping containers and cabins. It was a bitterly cold night, very windy with gusts of sleet driving across the ground. We took over 1, fans which was virtually half the attendance and we sang our hearts out all match.
Considering the conditions the game was good and two of our goals were directly in front of us. Pandemonium when we scored in extra time to win the match. My feet were frozen, but the bus was at 9. A taxi rolled up and said 6 can travel for 3 quid each so I got a taxi back to the city centre.
I then realised the other 5 were City supporters….. I went to Wetherspoons for a celebratory pint and then back to the Easyhotel where I was staying overnight. I caught the train back to Plymouth the next morning at 10 am and got home at 5 pm. Its a 2 day event for Argyle supporters!
I enjoyed every moment…. Ivor Ough Plymouth Argyle 11th February I was looking forward to doing another new ground and particularly because Salford are the latest non league club to join the EFL. I live in Cornwall but had already travelled up to Manchester and was staying there overnight. Because Argyle had taken over a thousand fans they had all of the end behind the goal as well as some seats on the side.
I sat on the side and thought it was a reasonably good view. However, it was entertaining and ended up with a win for Argyle with the winning goal coming in the 92nd minute which is always great. The atmosphere was good with Argyle having over fans in a crowd of I thought the stewards were fine but there was an incident in the Argyle end when one of the stewards celebrated when Salford scored an equaliser.
It ended up with him being escorted out of the ground so certainly an unusual event. It was very easy with just the short 5 minute walk back to the bus stop and about a ten minute wait for the bus which had plenty of room on it.
A great day with a famous last minute victory for Argyle which will remain in my memory for a long while. Kevin Nash Neutral 11th February Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: It was easy, I ran back to the car and drove back to the hotel. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: As a neutral, it was one of the best games I have ever been too — The atmosphere generated by the Plymouth fans was fantastic.
Thomas Inglis Doing the 92 11th February This ground would be No. Still, 13 grounds of the current set up to go though. My wife and I had driven down to Manchester on the Monday for a 3-night break. Having had some wine with Tuesday evening’s meal, we took the recommended No.
A teatime meal in our hotel before braving the elements. There were quite a few Plymouth fans also staying in our hotel and they were pretty confident pre-match. We had seats in the back row of the South Stand near the halfway line. Opposite was the similar North Stand. To the right, there were the massed Plymouth fans around 1, on the terrace behind the goal. The Salford fans were on the terrace behind the other goal. It is a quite smart small stadium with lots of metal being used as the steps of the stands.
The bar behind our stand again looked like a big metal garage. Everyone has mentioned the crest shaped floodlights. A fine game played in pretty dreadful conditions — gales, rain, hail and two teams going for the win. Plymouth took the lead on about 20 mins when Moore slammed home from about a yard. Salford had more of the ball first half and a lot of off-target shots so it remained 0 — 1 at half time. I didn’t sample food, but we both got a hot drink from the metal hut before using the toilets which were housed in a cabin type temporary structure, not the best of facilities.
Salford made a double substitution on the hour mark, and this paid off instantly. Wilson headed the equaliser into the top corner. Five minutes later Plymouth retook the lead with Sarcevic smashing in a great shot from outside the box. Another couple of minutes later super-sub Wilson grabbed his second with a neat swivel and shot from about 12 yards. As the game moved into injury time Plymouth grabbed a sensational winner from Ryan Hardie’s rocket shot.
Tonight’s attendance 2, Great backing from the hardy 1, Plymouth fans on a freezing Tuesday night. As advised by the locals. Enjoyed this 5 goal thriller and got to my 92nd English ground, although the quest to get all the grounds will continue. I am a Bristol City fan but was an honorary member of the green army for this one.
A Plymouth supporting workmate offered a lift and I was only too happy to accept. We left Bristol around 1. With a quick stop at the services we got to the suggested Park and Ride just as it was opening at 6. Two pounds to park was a bargain as there was no additional charge for the bus. It was very dark and very cold so we headed straight in. You could see into the ground through slats in the side of the stand which was unique.
The ground was small and uniform but very tidy. I liked the club crest in the floodlights. There was seating to the sides and terracing behind the goals. It was a nice change to get to stand on a terrace again, albeit a shallow one. We bought a beer and a couple of snacks before we went into the away end. Although it was bitterly cold it was a fantastic game. The terrible conditions did have an effect on the quality at times but it was end to end with loads of excitement. After a strong start by Salford Plymouth took the lead and went in up at half time.
Salford equalised only for Plymouth to retake the lead. With over 1, Plymouth fans there were crazy scenes when Plymouth scored at our end. Salford equalised again within a minute of Plymouth equalising but Plymouth kept looking for a winner and deservedly got it in the 92nd minute to spark some fantastic celebrations in the away end, with bodies flying everywhere.
It was interesting that a number of Bury fans were in the away end supporting Plymouth. The wild celebrations continued onto the streets outside. Although it took a few minutes for the Park and Ride bus to return nobody seemed too bothered as spirits were high. It was then a short ride back to the car for the long journey home. A great game and huge respect for the fantastic Plymouth support. Over 1, on a bleak Tuesday where many would have got home around 4 am.
Jim Pedley 7th March I was looking forward to updating the “92”, after Covid interruptions About 50 miles from my house in Wakefield, but what a trek The journey there went well! Train to Manchester Victoria packed but on time. Bus 93 from outside the station. I was at the stadium in two-and-a-half hours!