Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood Town FC Ground Guide

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
The ground is quite well hidden and hard to find. Also the place doesnt have a train station...its almost as if they dont want you to go there!

If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
Plenty of free street parking in the streets around the ground. Ive been 4 times, got there late sometimes and with some relatively big crowds and never struggled.

Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
The home terrace behind the goal is excellent, quite steep and no pillars. Views all around the ground are excellent.

How Were The Stewards on The Day?
Got more jobsworth the higher up the Leagues they've got. In non league, they used to allow fans in the Memorial Stand to go into the bar underneath from the terrace before kick off. First time I went there as a League ground, there were two stewards on the door who I walked right past. When I came out 15 minutes before kick off, they demanded to know how I got in and that I needed to go through the turnstiles. I pointed out I already had, so my ticket wont work again and that I walked right by the two of them to get in but they denied and said I didnt...obviously not jobsworth enough then...so I got kicked out and told to go back round. Obviously my ticket didnt work a second time in the electronic turnstiles, I explained why to the guy on the turnstile who then had to call the same stewards over to give him permission to let me in. A total ballache caused by a pair of utter jobsworths. I also heard a few complaints from fans around me that day that a lot of fans had received banning orders due to being ejected by heavy handed stewards. And that was just the home fans!

If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
Never ate.

How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
The atmosphere is very good really.

How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
Not a huge amoutn nearby, but there is a good chippy around the corner, and the ground itself has two good bars on site. The one under the Memorial Stand is excellent and a good size as well.

Overall Score Out of 10?
Excellent ground for League One level.
8/10
 

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
If you're travelling by train, you'll most likely end up at Blackpool North Station. From here your best bet is to either get a cab (cheaper if you're in a group), alternatively you can get a tram that runs along the front and takes you to Fleetwood.

If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
Parking looked good, although I wasn't in a car so probably not the best person to ask.

Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
Seeing as we're tinpot, we never quite had enough fans to allow us to have use of the terrace, so we had the corner of the plush main stand on the two occasions I visited. Views are very good, although conditions were not. Pigeons were nesting in the rafters on our first visit, and unsurprisingly that meant that the seats were less than inviting on our first visit (excrement all over them). Stewards asked us to sit down, but obviously that was a little difficult.

How Were The Stewards on The Day?
I didn't really encounter any problems with them - most were pretty friendly seeing as there wasn't a large number of us on any occasions.

If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
Didn't eat inside the ground, but food in the clubhouse was very good.

How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
Home terrace has the ability to create some noise, and when they scored, once, twice and three times - it did. On a general level I wouldn't say Fleetwood fans are particularly vocal, though.

How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
Fleetwood's clubhouse is probably the best in the Football League. It's all plush and new, little booths for you to sit in if you're in a group with TVs in each one - it feels like you're in a nightclub (not that I've been in a club with TVs mind). It's fantastic, spacious and by far and away the best clubhouse I've ever been to at a football ground. Didn't seem to be much else in the immediate vicinity, although along Blackpool you obviously have an array of pubs and hotels with bars as well as all of the attractions. I didn't fancy a donkey ride along the beach though, I'd just watched 11 of them perform in front of me.

Overall Score Out of 10?
Unless you have apprehension about the money surrounding the club, it's hard to knock Fleetwood as a club and as a ground. A fantastic away day experience, especially if you get them in the summer.

9/10.
 

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