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Peterborough Sports FC (Lincoln Road)

Lincoln Road

Capacity: 2,300
Address: 651 Lincoln Rd, Peterborough PE1 3HA
Telephone: 01733 308993
Club Nickname: The Turbines
Home Kit: Orange and Black
Away Kit: Yellow and Blue


                    
                    

Lincoln Road as we know it today was constructed in 2012 after the Turbines were finally granted access to the United Counties League. 

At this point, the ground underwent drastic improvement, which saw a seated stand, capable of accommodating 166 spectators, erected along one of the touchlines at the facility. One of the best features of this stand is the fact that, unlike many stands of this nature, it does not include any vertical pillars to support the structure, meaning that regardless of the seat that you choose, your view should be completely unrestricted. 

Behind one of the goals, is a covered standing area, while at the opposite end, a completely uncovered standing area is available for spectators, but be warned, you will be completely and utterly exposed to the harsh elements of Peterborough. 

On the touchline opposite the main stand, there is yet another standing area. All in all, the Lincoln Road stadium has a total capacity of 2,300. 

In terms of food and drink, there is always both hot and cold food served at the ground on matchday, with the clubhouse an excellent choice if you are looking to enjoy your meal with a pint or two before the game.

Lincoln Road is relatively away-fan friendly, with segregation rarely in place meaning that many travelling supporters are able to choose from all four sections of the ground. 

This means that, in the vast majority of cases at least, away supporters at Lincoln Road will be afforded the privilege of being able to watch their team from the comfort of the the ground’s seated stand. 

There are plenty of options for some pre-match drinks nearby Lincoln Road, however, the bad news is that many are at least a 20-minute walk away from the ground. 

If walking isn’t your thing, then The Crown is located just 0.3 miles, a 7-minute walk, from the stadium and is a perfect destination for some beers before the footie.

But, if you do fancy the walk, plenty of other options open up for you, including The Hand & Heart, which is located 0.9 miles away from the ground and requires a 20-minute walk time. As well as Paul Pry, a bar located one mile away from the Lincoln Road stadium, which equates to a 23-minute walk. 

 

The most recent development at Lincoln Road occurred in May 2023, when the Turbines finally received approval from the National League and FA to again compete at the National League North level for the 2023/24 campaign. 

Initially missing the original deadline to complete the required upgrades deemed necessary by officials, new owner Tim Woodward was able to push that deadline back, and thanks to some hard work, ensured Peterborough Sports maintained their National League status.  

Lincoln Road, as we know it today, was first developed in 2012, however, the site itself is even older than the Peterborough Sports name. Founded in 1908, the club initially operated under the name of Brotherhoods Engineering Works and were a non-competitive factory side. That factory was famous for being the first to design and manufacture the first steam turbine engine in the entire world. 

The Turbines then changed their name to Bearings Direct in the 1990s, before finally rebranding to their current name, Peterborough Sports FC, in 2001. A club changing names is of course incredibly normal, but for one stadium to be called home throughout the life of an ever-changing brand is a great testament to the facility. 

You shouldn’t be fooled by the Turbines’ National League North status either, for while it is true that the club are currently competing at the highest league level in their history, it is also the case that prior to World War Two, Sports welcomed English giants Tottenham Hotspur to the site, attracting a crowd of 3,000 spectators.

That also isn’t the ground’s only connection to Premier League football, with West Ham United legend Victor Watson, a scorer of 326 goals for the Hammers, once playing his football at Lincoln Road representing the Turbines. 

Despite those claims to fame, when the club were eventually granted promotion to the National League in 2012, Lincoln Road was not up to scratch and had to be massively redeveloped to meet the organisation’s requirements. At the moment of writing, the ground currently has a capacity of 2,300, with a seated stand making up 166 of that figure. 

From the North & West

From this direction, you’ll want to head down the A1 before joining the A47. Once on the A47, you will arrive in Peterborough and exit the A47 at the turning signposted as ‘City Town Centre’. 

After which, you will arrive at the first of two roundabouts  – head straight across the first before turning right at the second. This will take you onto the A15. From there, you will want to turn left on the slip=road in 400 yards and then right at the following t-junction. 

In a further 600 yards, you will approach a church, turn left at this point and you will see a signpost guiding you towards Lincoln Road. 

From the South

Follow the A1 northbound until the road comes to its end, taking the first exit towards Peterborough at this point. Continue to follow this road, ensuring you are in the left lane at the second exit, and head up to the roundabout where you will want to turn left. 

Take a right at the end of that road, and another at the upcoming roundabout. This will position you on the A47, at which point you should follow the same directions outlined above. 

From the East

Come into Peterborough on the A47 and take the second exit signposted for the ‘City Centre’. This will see you arrive on the A15, at which point you should again follow the directions outlined above. 

Car parking

Rather conveniently, there is actually a car parking facility at Fulbridge Academy, located on Keeton Road, which is dedicated to accommodating away fans – the entrance to which is actually located on Wilberforce Road. 

Unfortunately, the site only has 55 spaces, charges £3 per car and is car only. If you are planning on using this facility, it is worth noting that it is located a 10-minute walk away from the ground. 

Travelling to Peterborough via train is certainly an option worth considering. It is a mere 47-minute direct train from London, while it is also a direct train from Birmingham, albeit with a travel time of just under two hours. 

Once you start to head further north, to places such as Manchester, then those travel times can reach approximately two-and-a-half hours – although the journey still only requires one change in the vast majority of cases. 

The major downside of taking the train, however, is the fact that the Peterborough railway station is located a 34-minute walk away from Lincoln Road. That being said, there are local buses you can take which would slash that travel time down to 20 minutes, so it is still a more than viable option. 

 

Matchday tickets at Lincoln Road are currently exclusively sold at the gates to the stadium and are priced as follows for general admission:

  • Adults – £16
  • Concessions – £12
  • Students  – £8
  • Under 17s   – £8
  • Under 13s – Free

Unsurprisingly, the Turbines enjoy a fierce rivalry with city rivals Peterborough United, although due to the latter’s consistent Football League status, the pair very rarely meet in a competitive environment. 

 

Peterborough Sports FC say that there is accessible seating around the ground for those who require it, plus a purpose-built wheelchair viewing platform at the Lincoln Road end of the ground for any spectators that need it. 

During their most recently completed season, which was the 2022/23 campaign, the Turbines competed in the National League North division. Throughout this season, Sports maintained an average attendance at Lincoln Road of 357 – which was the lowest in the entire league. 

However, during the 2023/24 campaign, that figure has risen to 408. Not only demonstrating the increasing status of the club, that rise has also seen the Turbines leapfrog Curzon Ashton in average attendance figures. 

Updated 23rd March 2024