(But known to many
fans as Kingsmeadow)
|What's The Ground Like?
Future Ground Developments
Paul Strank Main Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
John Smith's Terrace (photo)
Where To Drink?
Tempest End (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Nongshim Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
|What's The Ground Like?|
Kingsmeadow is a small but tidy stadium that has seen investment in recent years since AFC Wimbledon took over the lease from Kingstonian FC, who still groundshare with the Dons. On one side is the Paul Strank Stand. This covered, all seated Main Stand looks fairly modern, having recently been extended. It accommodates 1,265 spectators and although only eight rows high, it is free of supporting pillars, resulting in uninterrupted views of the pitch. Surprisingly the team dugouts are not located in front of this Main Stand, but opposite in front of the EastTerrace, which leads to a procession of players and club officials, at half and at full time. This terrace is partly covered to the rear and has open flanks to either side.
At one end is the Tempest End Terrace (aka the Athletics End, from the Athletics Stadium that sits behind), where the majority of the home supporters stand. This newish looking covered terrace is located quite close to the edge of the playing area, giving a reasonable view of the game. Opposite is the Nongshim Stand (Kingston Road End). This new smart looking stand was opened in September 2012. It is covered having a raised roof and has an all seated capacity of 1,000. In addition the stadium has a set of four rather plain looking floodlights.
|Future Ground Developments|
|The Club have announced their intention
to bid for the site of the Wimbledon Greyhound
Stadium. If successful the Club would redevelop it
with a new 12,000 all seated football ground, which
could be expanded to 22,000 at a later stage if
required. The Greyhound Stadium is not far from the
site of the old Plough Lane ground. It is believed
that the Club will face stiff competition from other
prospective developers for the land.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
fans are housed in the East Terrace at one side of
the pitch. If the the away following is
expected to be less than 600, then one side (towards the
Nongshim Stand) is allocated and
hence the terrace is shared with home supporters,
although adequately separated. For larger followings
then more of the terrace can be allocated, with the
maximum allocation being 700. This small shallow terrace
is partly covered to the rear, with open standing
areas on each side. In addition a number of seats
are to be made available in the new Kingston Road End
(when it is opened), adjacent to the East Terrace.
Please note that the away terrace is not accessible by going through the main entrance into the stadium car park. Away fans should instead continue going along Kingston Road (keeping the main entrance on the right) and take the next right into Jack Goodchild Way. Outside the stadium near the main entrance is a handy chip shop whilst a bit further along is the amusingly named 'Fat Boys Cafe'. I also noticed outside the Main Stand a vendor displaying and selling the largest array of different football badges, that I think I have ever seen.
|Where To Drink?|
|There are two large bars located inside the
main Paul Strank Stand. Away supporters are generally
welcome to frequent the bars, however for the bigger
games, and/or when it is all ticket, the bars are
reserved for home fans only. On my visit I felt that the
inside of the bar that I frequented, was a bit dim and
drab looking, but with a real ale on offer from a local
brewery and a barbecue selling burgers and hot dogs
outside, its plus points outweighed the negative ones!
Nearby pubs include the Duke of Wellington and the more basic Prince of Wales, both located on Kingston Road between New Malden and the ground. Otherwise, you can drink in Kingston or New Malden town centres and get a bus to the ground (or a long walk!). The 131 bus passes the ground and goes through both town centres. If in Kingston, catch a bus heading to Tooting Broadway; if in New Malden, catch a bus heading to Kingston. On New Malden High Street there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Watchman., which is located near to the Fountain roundabout on the 131 bus route. See the Kingston Council website for timetable details.
Also near to the ground on Cambridge Road going towards Kingston, is the Blue Bar at the Sir Robert Peel Pub. This pub features strippers of the '£1 coin in the glass variety.'
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
From Outside London:
Map showing the location of the Kingsmeadow Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
Special Thanks To AFC Wimbledon for supplying the above photo.
|The nearest railway station to the ground is
Norbiton, which is about a 15 minute walk away. The
station is served by trains from London Waterloo via
Clapham Junction and Wimbledon.
Leave the station via the back exit (Westbound platform), and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. At the end of the avenue, turn right Gloucester Road, and at the end of Gloucester Road turn left into Cambridge Road. The main entrance to Kingsmeadow is 400 yards down on the right, with the away entrance a little further on past this on the right hand side and is well sign posted. Thanks to John Woodruff for providing the directions.
Dave Nathan adds; 'New Malden station is also in walking distance of the ground. This may be a preferred route for away fans as there are better pubs in New Malden namely Bar Malden and the Glasshouse both outside New Malden station and The Fountain at the Fountain Roundabout. Come out of New Malden station and follow the High Street to the left, and proceed up to the Fountain Roundabout. At the roundabout turn right into Kingston Road towards Kingston ( or jump on a 131 bus) and the ground is a good mile on the left after passing under the railway bridge and Homebase on your right. This will take about 25 minutes to walk'.
Stand (Centre): Adults £22, Concessions £13, Under 16's
Main Stand (Wings): Adults £18, Concessions £12, Under 16's £9
Kingston Road End: Adults £18, Concessions £12, Under 16's £9
Tempest End Terrace: Adults £16, Concessions £10, Under 16's £4
East Stand Terrace: Adults £15, Concessions £9, Under 16's £4
Concessions are available to full-time students, over 65's and the unemployed on production of proof of status. Due to the large number of season ticket sales for the Main Stand, match tickets for this area will be very limited.
|Programme & Fanzines|
|Official Programme £3
Wise Men Say Fanzine £1
WUP Fanzine £1
|Aldershot Town, Barnet and Crawley Town.|
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.
|AFC Wimbledon fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
attendance (For an AFC Wimbledon game):
(Southend United) 20/11/12
Rob Garforth (Neutral) 28/1/12
Paul Willott (Neutral) 10/12/11
Jack Jones (Crewe Alexandra) 15/10/11
Paul Dickinson (Doing The 92) 3/9/11
Myles Munsey (Doing The 92) 19/8/11
Steve Bailey (Luton Town) 8/8/09
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