The Enclosed Ground
Address: East Brighton, Sussex, BN2 5TS
Telephone: 01273 609736
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Hawks
Year Ground Opened: 1890*
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White
The Enclosed Ground is rather picturesque, being in a rural setting, with the South Downs viewable beyond. It is only half a mile from the seafront and there are some great views to be had driving down towards it. It is an unusual ground in the respect that because it is built into a side of a hill, the East side of the stadium comprises of a large steep bank that is topped with a row of advertising panels. Unlike the Dripping Pan ground at nearby Lewes, which also has a similar feature, this area is not used for spectators. All that is on that side are the two team dugouts, which oddly are situated on the opposite side of the ground to the team dressing rooms and Main Stand.
The Main Stand is a small covered seated stand, which is set back from the pitch. There is a noticeable slope to the pitch at the ground running up from the South to the North End and having more of an incline from the half way line. The design of the Main Stand reflects this, having more rows of seating on the South side than the North. The stand only runs for around a quarter of the length of the pitch straddling the half way line. On the South side of this stand are some small buildings which house the club house and dressing rooms, whilst the North side of the stand has no spectator facilities, apart from a narrow pathway and perimeter fence.
There are temporary stands at either end of the ground. At the North End there are two banks of open seating, which were once in place at the Withdean Stadium when Brighton and Hove Albion played there. One section of seating is 11 rows high and has a capacity of just over 800 seats and extends from the East side to beyond the goalmouth. Then there is a gap, before another smaller bank of seating which is eight rows high and contains around 400 seats. The opposite end is at least covered but is much more of an untidy affair. It is again all seated and does extend the full width of the pitch. However as the ground also has a slope that runs up from the Main Stand side to the East Bank, then the temporary stand has been put together in four sections that are at different heights to one another. Still, the main drawback to this area is that it has a large amount of small supporting pillars running across the front of it. The stadium has a set of six floodlights, three of which run down each side of the ground.
Whitehawk FC currently plays in the BetVictor Isthmian League South East Division, which is at Step 8 of the English Football Pyramid System and two leagues below the National League South.
If fans are segregated inside the stadium, then part the North End of the ground is allocated to visiting supporters. This temporary all seated stand is situated behind the goal and extends over to the East side of the stadium and has a capacity of 800 seats. It is set back from the playing area and has no roof so hope that it doesn’t rain. It is called the ‘Sea End’ by fans as you can actually see the sea from this area. However its elevated position means that the wind can be quite bracing at times, so wrap up well. Whitehawk is normally a welcoming club to visitors.
There is a small clubhouse at the ground that admits away fans. Around a 15 minute walk away on Arundel Road is the Dady Long Legs, but this is more of a cocktail/wine bar rather than a traditional pub. On the seafront is the Brighton Marina, where there are a number of bars and restaurants. There is also a traditional pub at the Marina, that serves real and is called the Master Mariner. The Marina also has a large free car park. To find the Marina and the New Bush pub, then from the entrance to the ground, turn left down Wilson Avenue, and continue all the way down to the seafront. Turn left for the Marina (which is well signposted) or turn right for the New Bush and then take the second right into Arundel Road.
As the traffic into the centre Brighton on the A23 can be quite slow at times, the the route outlined below avoids this.
At the end of the M23, continue onto the A23, heading towards Brighton. At the roundabout which is the junction with the A27, take the A27 towards Lewes. After around four miles you will see the stadium on your right hand side. Leave at the A27 and take the slip road sign posted Falmer/Rottingdean (B2123). At the top of the slip road turn right, crossing back over the A27. Continue straight towards Rottingdean passing the Amex stadium on your right.
On reach a set of traffic lights which is the Woodingdean Junction, turn right by the Downs Hotel, towards the City Centre/Racecourse. At the next traffic lights turn left into Wilson Avenue (signposted East Brighton Park). After passing the entrance to the Stanley Leisure Centre, continue further down the hill and then take a left into a narrow road (signposted East Brighton Park/Camping). Follow the narrow road round, passing an entrance to a caravan park and the ground entrance, is around to the right.
There is a car park at the ground that holds 100 cars and the entrance road up to the ground is quite narrow. So it may be an idea to find one street parking on the residential streets off Wilson Avenue and walk over to the ground.
Brighton Central Railway Station is situated around two and half miles away from the ground. Either get a taxi or bus up to the ground.
To take a bus; then from the Stance B stop at the railway station, take the Brighton and Hove Bus Company No 7 (towards Brighton Marina) or 27 (towards Saltdean) to Roedean Road (ask the driver to drop you off on this road near the Marina). After being dropped off, walk up Roedean Road to the traffic lights (keeping the gas pylon on your right) and turn left into Wilson Avenue. Then take the next right into a narrow road (signposted East Brighton Park/Camping). Follow the narrow road round, passing an entrance to a caravan park and the ground entrance, is around to the right. Please take care along this road as it has no footpath and at night it is unlit. A Bus Timetable can be downloaded from the Brighton & Hove Bus website.
Thanks to Johh Atiken of the Wanderers Way Annual for the above information.
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OAP’s/Students/Under 17’s £5
Under 10’s Free (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Dogs free! (must though be kept on a lead)
Official Matchday Programme £2.
Eastbourne Borough, Lewes and Bognor Regis Town.
2,174 v Dagenham and Redbridge
FA Cup Second Round Replay, 16th December 2015.
2018-2019: 318 (Isthmian League Premier Division)
2017-2018: 270 (National League South)
2016-2017: 297 (National League South)
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Special thanks to David Pillman for providing the photos of the Enclosed Ground.