Capacity: 5,106 (Seats 2,240)
Address: Salford, M7 3PZ
Telephone: 0161 792 6287
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Ammies
Year Ground Opened: 1978*
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White
The Moor Lane football ground is now unrecognisable from what it was like a year ago. The old ground has been completely replaced by four new stands, effectively making it a new stadium. Considering that this was all done in just ten months, is a remarkable achievement. The last stand to be opened was the new Main Stand on the Neville Road side of the ground. This all seated stand is a fairly simple affair with six rows of seats. At the back of the stand, there is quite a tall retaining 'wall' between the seating area and the roof. Th team dugouts are located at the front of this stand. Although this stand on the Neville Road Stand replaced the old Main Stand, it is the new Moor Lane Stand opposite that has more facilities, with glassed corporate areas at the rear of it. It too is all-seated and is of a similar height to the Neville Road Stand. Both ends have new covered terraces, with the West Terrace, being the first of the new stands to be constructed of the new stadium. The East Terrace opposite is almost a replica of the West Terrace and all of part of this terrace can be allocated to away supporters. Two corners of the ground on the Moor Lane side are enclosed, although not used for spectators. The transformation of the stadium means that it now meets entry requirements for the Football League, which shows the ambition of the Club.
Overlooking the ground at the North Eastern corner is the tall spire of St Pauls Church. One thing I noticed, is that the new floodlight panels at the ground are in the same outline shape as the Club badge.
In October 2017 the Moor Lane ground was renamed the Peninsula Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. The new stadium was officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Away fans are normally housed on one side of the East Terrace (aka the School End) at one end of the ground. This terrace is covered and the acoustics are quite good, meaning that a relative few numbers of fans can make themselves heard. If demand requires it then the whole of this terrace can be allocated to visiting supporters. With the stadium being erected so quickly then the facilities for fans have yet to fully catch up, with the use of large metal storage containers being used as eating and drinking outlets. Pies are available at a cost of £3 and alcohol is available from a local craft brewery.
With ex-Manchester United players; Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs taking a shareholding in the Club, then over the last few years, Salford City's media profile has risen accordingly and so has the Club on the field, with three league promotions in four seasons. The ambitious owners have targeted the Club with achieving Football League status by 2020. A BBC documentary about the Club called; 'The Class of 92 - Out Of Their League' further shone the media spotlight on the Club. So if you can keep eyes on the football rather than trying to 'Celeb spot' in the crowd, then you will be doing well!
There is currently no clubhouse at the ground (although a new one is being planned). Instead, the Club have put in place some refreshment units behind the stands which serve alcohol, including a craft beer outlet run by the Seven Bro7hers Brewery in Salford. Although the Peninsula Stadium is situated in a largely residential area, there are no pubs within easy walking distance of Moor Lane.
Moor Lane is located just over two miles away from Junction 17 of the M60. The ground is not located in Salford itself, but in the nearby area of Kersal.
From the M60 at Junction 17 take the A56 towards Manchester City Centre. Keep straight along the A56 and after passing a Lidl stare on the left with a Carphone Warehouse on the opposite side of the road, then take the third turning on the right (at the traffic lights and signposted Oaklands Hall/St Pauls Church) into Moor Lane. For the main entrance take the next left into Nevile Road and you will reach the ground down on the right, after the school.
There is no parking available at the ground for visiting supporters, plus the streets in the immediate vicinity of the ground have a residents only scheme in operation. So please check signage on lamp posts for details of parking restrictions, as wardens out on patrol on matchdays. However, there is street parking to be had on Moor Lane itself and other streets located a little further away from the ground, such as Kersal Moor Road. Parking here also has the added benefit that you can get away pretty easily after the match, as at the top of Kersal Moor Road, you can turn right towards Prestwich (for M60 North) or left towards Swinton (for M61 and M60 South).
Although there are some smaller railway stations that are slightly nearer to Moor Lane, it is not worth travelling out to them as you'll still be almost three miles away from the ground. Manchester Victoria is the closest mainline station, which is just over three miles away and probably too far to walk. Either take a taxi up to the ground or from the Victoria Station approach you can catch First Bus No: 98 along Bury New Road towards Bury. This bus stops just after the end of Moor Lane (the road not the ground), just past the Hazeldean Hotel. The journey time is around 18 minutes. More information can be found on the First Bus website.
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Under 5's Free*
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Official Matchday Programme £2
FC United of Manchester, Curzon Ashton
4,200 v Class of 92
Friendly Match, 12th November 2017
2016-2017: 1,395 (National League North)
2015-2016: 642 (Northern Premier League)
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Thanks to Mike Cleave and Dwayne Owen for providing the photos of the new stands at the Peninsula Stadium Moor Lane Salford City.
Salford City v Southport
National League North
Monday 28th August 2017, 3pm
Stephen Calvert (Neutral fan)
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* Although Salford moved into Moor Lane in 1978, the ground had been used previously for many years for a variety of sports.