Poole Town

Tatnam

Capacity: 2.500
Address: School Lane, Off Palmer Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 3JR
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Dolphins
Year Ground Opened: 2000
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White Halves

Main Stand
Main Stand
School End
School End
Clubhouse End
Clubhouse End

Considering that it wasn't that long ago that the ground was part of a school playing field, then it is remarkable as to what the Club have achieved. Saying that the ground itself is still quite basic and doesn't have a great deal in terms of spectator facilities. On one side sitting on the half way line is a simple looking seated stand, that has quite a low roof. Only a few rows high it has a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. It runs for about half the length of the pitch and to one side (towards the Clubhouse End) is a much smaller temporary covered seated area. The team dugouts are located on the opposite side of the ground. At the School End of the ground is a covered standing area which is located directly behind the goal. It runs for around half the width of the pitch. The rest of the ground is open and made up of narrow flat standing areas. On the East side of the ground green tarpaulin has been attached to the perimeter fence to try and stop people watching the game for nothing. Although practical it doesn't enhance the overall look at the ground. Whilst behind the Clubhouse End are the Teams dressing rooms and other small buildings. This means that the teams enter the field of play from one corner of the ground. A testimony to how open the ground is, is that a few houses overlook the ground from both ends. The stadium has a set of four modern looking floodlights.

There is a clubhouse bar at the ground which welcomes visiting supporters. The closest pub is probably the New Inn on Fernside Road, which is around a ten minute walk away. Otherwise around a half a mile away there is a Toby Carvery (further along the main road next to the ground, going in the direction opposite to the Town Centre). Otherwise if you have a bit more time on your hands then there are plenty of pubs to be found in the Town Centre and along the Quayside. However the Quayside is located around one and a half miles away from the Tatnam Ground.

From the North (M3/M27)
From the M3 take the M27 towards Bournemouth. At the end of the M27 continue onto the A31 towards Poole, Bournemouth and Ringwood. After passing the Ringwood exit, continue on the A31 towards Dorchester and Poole (A349). Then at the Bear Cross Roundabout (passing a BP garage on the right), go straight ahead onto the A349 towards Poole. Go straight across the next two roundabouts and at the third take the second exit onto the A3049 towards Poole. At the next roundabout take the second exit towards Poole (A3049) and Channel Ferry. Continue across the next roundabout. Then leave the A3049 by taking the second exit slip road signposted Wimborne (A349) and Poole General Hospital. At the bottom of the slip road take the second exit onto Fleet Lane (signposted Fleet Industrial Estate).After half mile turn left just past Druckfarben on the right and opposite Poole Motorcycles, into Palmer Road. Then take the next right into School Road  This leads down to the school/club car park. To walk through to the Tatnam ground, then at the far end of the car park by the tennis court, look for the pathway through.

The school car park is quite small so fills up quite quickly, however there is plenty of street parking available in the local area, although the Club ask supporters not to park in Well Lane by the ground as access is required by the Club itself.

Poole Railway Station is around one mile away from the Tatnam Ground and is served by trains from London Waterloo (via Southampton) and Weymouth. There is a taxi rank at the station otherwise to walk: Exit the station on the seaward side and turn right. At the first set of traffic lights turn hard right and remain on this road (Sterte Road) crossing over the railway line and you will see the Tatnam ground at the bottom on the right. It's a comfortable 15 minute walk (3/4 mile). Thanks to Anthony Hanley for providing these directions.

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Adults £12
Concessions £8
Under 18's £5
Under 13's £1

Official Mtachday Programme £2.

Poole Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Weymouth, Dorchester Town and Wimborne.

Record Attendance
2,203 v Corby Town, 25th April 2015
Southern Premier League Play Off Final

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 429 (Southern Premier League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Andy Orman for providing the photos of the Tatnam Ground Poole Town.

Poole Town v Weston-super-Mare
National League South
Saturday 11th February 2017, 3pm
Anthony Hanley (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tatnam Ground?

Poole Town are doing well this season and are a good outside bet for promotion to the National League itself. I also thought the town and harbour might be an interesting place to visit.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

For me it was a straight forward train ride from Waterloo followed by what I expected to be a shortish walk from the rail station using the directions on this website. However I was completely thrown by road works and land development by the station and ended up following the dual carriageway (A350) to a deserted industrial estate. I hailed down a passing white van to ask directions and the driver kindly drove me the half mile to the stadium making kick-off with ten minutes to spare. So if you wish to avoid my error do the following. Exit the station on the seaward side and turn right. AT THE FIRST SET OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS TURN HARD RIGHT and remain on this road (Sterte Road) crossing over the railway line and you will see the ground at the bottom on the right. It's a comfortable 15 minute walk (3/4 mile).

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Poole is a mixture of the quaint and the downright dreary. To their credit the local council have put up plenty of town maps and signs indicating points/places of interest. I headed for the quay which has a cluster of ancient and interesting pubs and a free local history museum. There are plenty of independent cafes if you want a bite to eat.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tatnam Ground?

This truly is community football and the Tatnam 'stadium' is very basic. Essentially it's a pitch surrounded by six-foot high garden fencing. The Main Stand (and the only stand!) is around 4-5 rows deep. There is cover behind one goal and no terracing at all simply a narrow walkway around the pitch. So if it were raining, then shelter would be at a premium. If they made it to the National League they'd struggle to accommodate an ex-League side with a decent following.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

To their credit both sides did try to play football rather than hoof it back and forth albeit a high percentage of passes went astray. Much less holding and pushing (sneaky fouling in other words) than you get in League football. Weston played in a kit of turquoise and blue which surprisingly worked. Poole hit the woodwork in the first half as did the visitors who struck the inside of the post from a fee kick. (It's amazing how good free kicks are at all levels now - it never used to be the case). The home side took the lead in the first minute of the second half when stand-in striker Marvin Brooks picked up a long clearance and his low and accurate drive deceived the keeper. Weston then spent the next 40 minutes striving to equalise but Poole repelled their attacks comfortably and in the last minute of normal time scored a decisive second on the counter.

The only hot food in evidence were trays of chips available from the pavilion which is a little building separate from the pitch area. Didn't see anyone drinking beer. There was a small shed (probably thrown in when they purchased the fencing) in one corner serving hot drinks and little snacks like chocolate bars. Both teams had knots of fans trying to get behind them but the lack of roofing hindered the noise level. The biggest (and most welcome surprise) was the absence of a public address system. Didn't have one. Bliss. Usually they come with two settings - muffled or ear-splitting. And boy do football clubs like to use them. The only thing I missed were the team line-ups beforehand and substitutions during the game but I pretty much worked out the personnel from the programme.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Now I knew the correct route back to the railway station it was straight forward and swift. By the time my train service reached London Waterloo it was almost full. This route can be pretty busy and I have stood all the way from Southampton before now. As seat reservations were not available when I booked my tickets, faking a medical emergency is a perfectly acceptable way of getting a seat.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The Tatnam Ground and Poole itself were a bit under whelming all round to be honest.

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Updated 27th February 2017

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