Leamington

Phillips 66 Community Stadium

Capacity: 2,300 (Seats 294)
Address: Harbury Lane, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, CV33 9SA
Telephone: 01926 430406
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Brakes
Year Ground Opened: 1999
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Gold and Black

West Stand
West Stand
East Stand
East Stand
Harbury Lane End
Harbury Lane End
North Bank
North Bank

The ground is situated in the Warwickshire Countryside, a couple of miles outside of Leamington itself. A new modern affair, it is a tidy looking ground, although generally quite an open one. At the Harbury Lane End of the ground (where the Clubhouse and main entrance are situated) is a small covered terrace. It runs for around half the width of the pitch and sits directly behind the goal. On one side is a flat standing area, whilst on the other side is a portakabin type structure, that serves as a corporate facility. Opposite is the North Bank, a fair sized open terrace.

On the west side of the ground is the Main Stand. This covered all seated stand, has four rows of seats and runs for around 2/3rds of the length of the pitch. Although there are no supporting pillars, there are the bases of two of the floodlight pylons in front which could obstruct your view. Because of these pylons the seating is split into three sections, although the roof is continuous. On the south of this stand there are new toilets and a programme shop. At the North Bank End there is a new 4 step covered terrace, 15 yards long. 

Opposite the East Side is mostly open with small flat standing areas running behind its perimeter. It did at one time have a small seated stand that straddled the half way line, but in 2013 this was moved to the other side of the ground, to expand the seating area on that side. Towards the Harbury Lane End there is a small temporary bank of 41 uncovered seats. These came from the old Oxford United Manor ground. Also on this side are the team dugouts.  In the North East corner of the stadium there is a small electric scoreboard. The ground has a set of eight 'skinny' looking floodlights, four of which run down each side.

At the start of the 2015-16 season the New Windmill Ground was renamed the Phillips 66 Community Stadium, in a corporate sponsorship deal.

Although the New Windmill Ground was opened in the year 1999, the Club are planning to move to a new stadium. The scheme which has been given the green light by Warwick District Council, will involve the construction of a 5,000 capacity stadium. This will be situated to the South of Leamington next to Europa Way near Gallows Hill. Not only will this move the club nearer to Leamington, but also create a larger capacity. Time scales have yet to be announced as to when works may start. Below is an artists impression of how the new stadium will look (courtesy of the Leamington FC website).

New Leamington Stadium

For most matches segregation is not in place. On the rare occassion that it is then away supporters are mainly housed in the open North Bank Terrace, as well as being allocated 50 covered seats in the Main Stand. Adjacent to the Main Stand towards the Big Bank there is a very small terrace that can house around 200 away fans too. In total around 1,000 visiting supporters, can be accommodated in these areas. A separate catering unit is brought in to the corner in-between the away sections for these games. Entrance to the away sections is at the opposite end of the ground to the club entrance and car park. Normally a pleasant day out in the countryside, with a relaxed feel. However, the grounds remote location means that there is little to do in the immediate area and it can be a challenge to get there using public transport.

Inside the ground is the Brakes Bar which is normally open to all fans, unless crowd segregation is in force. Although on the small side, it does employ a fairly effective queueing system. Also on my visit, they had a good range of bottled continental lagers, which were priced reasonably. Otherwise, as I mentioned before the ground is a bit out 'in the sticks' and I didn't come across any pubs near to the ground. Probably the closest country pub is the Leopard Inn, which is located two miles way in Tachbrook (CV33 9RN).

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From The North
Leave the M40 at Junction 14 and follow A452 towards Leamington. You will cross a small roundabout and at the next take the 2nd exit (signposted Leamington A452/Heathcote Industrial Estate). You will reach another roundabout where this time you take the 4th exit (signposting Bishop's Tachbrook/Harbury). So straight across the traffic lights proceeding towards Harbury. After about another mile and a half, you will reach the entrance to the ground on your left. 

From The South
Leave the M40 at Junction 13 and take the A452 towards Leamington. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit (signposted Leamington A452/Heathcote Industrial Estate). Then as North.

Car Parking
There is a fair sized car park at the ground, which holds 350 cars and is free. Please make sure though that for the bigger games that you arrive at the ground early, as once this car park is full there is no street parking available near to the stadium. 

Leamington Spa Railway Station is located around three miles away from the ground, so really too far to walk. The station is served by trains from Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street, London Marylebone and Reading. The Club have been experimenting in running a double decker bus operated by Ridleys, making two return journeys between the railway Station and ground at a cost of £2 return. Check the Leamington FC website for availability and departure times. The Supporters Brakes Trust, runs a 16 seater minibus for home matches that picks up at various points around Warwick and Leamington Spa, including Leamington Railway Station. All supporters are welcome and there is only a small charge for using it (£2 each way). Further details including pick up times can be found on the Brakes Trust website  Otherwise it may be best to take a taxi to the ground and then book one for your return. 

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Adult £12
Over 60's £8
Students (with relevant ID) £6
Under 16's £3
Under 12's Free

Official Matchday Programme: £2.50

Stratford Town, Banbury United and Rugby Town.

Record Attendance

2,102 v Hitchin Town
Southern Premier League Play-Off Final, 1st May 2017.

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 488 (Southern Premier League)

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

Special thanks to Leamington Football Club for providing the photo of the West Stand.

Leamington v Bradford Park Avenue
National League North
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the New Windmill Ground?
 
I am getting close to completing visits to all the National League North venues and this would be another new ground for me.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I would normally have travelled by train but I was put off that by the distance from the railway station. As it happened there was a double decker bus that I could have got straight after the match, but I'm sure that my car journey got me home much quicker than if I had travelled by train. My SatNav certainly was useful in locating the stadium as it is in the middle of nowhere. The large car park was adequate for the crowd, which I estimate was about 500. This is the most rural ground that I've been to at this level or above. The ground and car park are surrounded on three sides by a large field and a tractor was working in it. The fourth side is the road and there is another field on the other side of the road.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I arrived at 1pm and sat in my car for an hour before going in. I had my usual walk around the ground and noted several changes since this guide was written last year.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New Windmill Ground?
 
It is not a bad ground considering that they were in a lower league last year. Some improvements have recently been made. Interesting to see the small array of 41 seats on the east side, which came from the old Oxford Manor ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
In the opening minute of the games two players clashed heads and the game was held up for several minutes and they were both fit to continue. In the 7th minute Bradford scored from a corner, but Leamington equalised in the 23rd minute. It was a stalemate until the very last minute of normal time when Leamington got the winner to give them the much needed three points.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I was in my car and on the road within minutes of the game ending. My drive home was easy.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good day out in the countryside, but due to the rural location, nothing else to do apart wait for kick off.

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Updated 4th October 2017

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