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Princes Park

Capacity: 4,100 (Seated 645)
Club Nickname: The Darts
Year Opened: 2006
Pitch Size: 100 x 65 metres
Address: Darenth Road, Dartford, DA1 1RT
Phone: 01322 299991
Pitch Type: Grass
Shirt Sponsors: Bericote Power House
Undersoil Heating: No
Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: White and Black
Away Kit: Claret
Last Update: April 30, 2024

What Is Princes Park Like?

Having been opened in 2006, you would be forgiven for assuming that this is just another identikit bland stadium, similar to many others that have recently been built around the country. But in the case of Princes Park, you would be wrong, it is anything but ordinary. This is mostly due to its green credentials, being probably the most environmentally friendly football ground so far constructed in the UK. These credentials include amongst other things, collecting rainwater for use within the stadium, producing its electricity from solar panels, having timber beams to support the roof (which incidentally has a covering of green vegetation to provide insulation and help the stadium blend into its surroundings) and having the pitch sunken below the surrounding ground level to reduce noise and light pollution. And then of course there is the ‘Wooden or Oak Man’. Whereas stadiums costing ten times as much have little to write home about apart from the price of the entrance ticket, then Dartford have instilled character in theirs, with this towering wooden sculpture. He stands inside the stadium with his arms stretched up aloft and appears from a distance to be holding up the roof. Certainly, something which is unique.

On one side is the Main Stand. This stand is all seated and comprises just four rows, seating in total of 645 spectators. It has the team dugouts at its front and a glassed area at the rear, which contains amongst other things the clubhouse bar. Like the rest of the stadium, the roof is situated quite high above the spectator area and has a slight oval angle to it. The other three sides of the stadium are small terraced areas, being around seven rows high. Opposite the Main Stand, the Wooden Man sculpture stands on the terrace, keeping a watchful eye over the proceedings. All four corners of the stadium are enclosed, although these areas are not used for spectators. The stadium is completed with a set of four floodlight pylons.

What is it like for visiting supporters?

If segregation is in force then away fans are housed in the Car Park End. This covered terrace has a capacity of 700 supporters. In addition, 38 seats are made available on one side of the Main Stand by the Car Park End. With no supporting pillars to contend with, the sightlines of the pitch are good. Although the ground is enclosed, it feels quite open as there is quite a large gap between the back of the stands and the stadium roof. Although this may allow more light and air into the stadium, so it does for wind and rain.

Mike Kimberley from the Ninety-Two Club adds; ‘Princes Park is a pleasant, well designed and comfortable ground. The clubhouse is accessible from inside the ground (if segregation is not in force) and has a spacious bar area with plenty of seating. All the facilities were quite adequate including an area for wheelchairs, and their assistants if necessary, in all four corners of the ground. The stewarding was pleasant, friendly and low key.’

Where to drink?

  • Ivy Leaf – Darenth Road, DA1 1LS
  • Matl Shovel – Darenth Road, DA1 1LP
  • Wat Tyler – High Street, DA1 1DE
  • Paper Moon – High Street, DA1 1DS
  • Flying Boat – Spital Street, DA1 2DT
  • The Tiger – St Albans Road, DA1 1TE
  • The Rose – Overy Street, DA1 1UP

Directions and Car Parking

From the North:
After going over the Dartford Crossing (which costs £2 per car), leave the motorway at Junction 1b and take the left-hand slip road for A225 Dartford. At the roundabout at the end of the slip road above the motorway turn right the Esso garage onto the A225 towards Dartford. Go straight across the next roundabout, passing a BP garage on the right. At the next set of traffic lights turn left into Darenth Road and then take the second left into Grassbanks for the stadium.

From the South:
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 (signposted A2/Dartford A225). At the roundabout below the roundabout take the Dartford A225 exit. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit by the Esso garage onto the A225 towards Dartford. Go straight across the next roundabout, passing a BP garage on the right. At the next set of traffic lights turn left into Darenth Road and then take the second left into Grassbanks for the stadium.
There is a car park at the stadium which has 300 spaces and is free. If this is full then drivers are directed towards the Orchards Shopping Centre Car Park, which charges £2 for 3-4 hours.

By Train

Dartford Railway Station is located just over a mile away from Princes Park. It is served by trains from Charing Cross and London Bridge. If on leaving the station you follow the pedestrian signs for the Orchard Shopping Centre then before the bridge going across the main road, descend the steps down to the roadside. Just to the left you will find a row of bus stops including the Fastrack B bus stop. This service runs every ten minutes during the day (every 20 minutes in the evenings) to the Bluewater Shopping Centre and stops at Princes Park. The cost (one way) is Adults £1, Children 50p. Otherwise, a taxi from the station to the stadium will cost around £5.

Otherwise, the ground is a 15-20 minute walk away. Descend the steps as above (or at the bottom of the station approach road), keep to the left along the main road and at the roundabout take the exit signposted Central London (A2). At the next traffic lights cross over and then walk straight on using the wide footpath beside the dedicated bus route. When this footpath ends, go up and into Darenth Road and follow this road to the right. (If you want to visit the Malt Shovel pub, then after crossing at the traffic lights go up the hill and the first road on the right is Darenth Road. Turn right and the Malt Shovel pub is on the right). Proceed along Darenth Road to the main road, which is Princes Road. Crossover at the lights. If you wish to catch a bus back into the town centre after the match has ended, then as you crossover the road, note the location of the bus shelter over on the left, in front of you. Continue straight on up along Darenth Road and then take the second left into Grassbanks and up the hill into the car park and the ground.

Thanks to Brian Scott for providing these directions.

Ticket Prices

Adult: £10
*Concession/Over 65: £5
**13-17: FREE
***5-12: FREE

*ID required – c0ncession rate includes full-time students, unemployed and disability.

** ID may be required

*** Junior tickets must be purchased with an adult ticket and they must be accompanied into the ground by an adult.

Programme Price

Official Programme: £2.50

Local Rivals

Ebbsfleet, Welling and Dover.

Record and Average Attendance

Record Attendance
4,097 v Horsham
Ryman League, 11th November 2006

Average Attendance
2023-2024: 1,044 (National League South)
2022-2023: 1,178 (National League South)
2021-2022: 1,337 (National League South)
2020-2021: 0 (Covid) (National League South)
2019-2020: 1,182 (National League South)

Location map showing the location of Princes Park, railway station and listed pubs

Club links

Official Web Site:

Unofficial Web Sites:
Pure DFC (Forum)
The Darts

Princes Park Dartford Feedback

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I’ll update the guide.


Avatar of Michael Rayner Michael Rayner
Game AttendedV Hampton & Richmond
CompetitionNational League South

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

Normally dislike new grounds but many good reports of this one. Had visited their old ground

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

Ground easy to find by road and turning is signed. Free parking at ground if you get there early

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

Went to Malt Shovel, a 20 min walk well worth it , decent food great real ale and proper fire. Thoroughly recommended.

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

I liked it, it is well designed without resort to the commonly found stands fencing etc which comes out of the same catalogue. Close to the action and well enclosed from its environment

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

Game was even, draw fair result, welcoming atmosphere , catering ok

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

Car park takes while to empty, worth stopping behind for a pint

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

A modern stadium I enjoyed and would suggest designed by someone that understands the draw of non league football
Avatar of Dan Maguire (Neutral) Dan Maguire (Neutral)

Dartford v Wealdstone
National League South
Saturday 29th February 2020, 3pm
Dan Maguire (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Princes Park?
Due to poor traffic, I couldn't make the trip to Bristol Rovers as planned so I thought I would use my Saturday by dropping down to the National League South and a venue that had been recommended to me.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey was a pretty easy 30 minute drive along the M25, however, the A2 junction was congested and resulted in a slight delay. The ground was easy to find and there was ample free parking space at the ground which was rather nice!
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I turned up around 2:15 so went through turnstiles and walked around the stadium which has a circular all-access walkway.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Princes Park?
A really impressive set up at a very open plan stadium. It is nice being able to roam around the ground. I also love the Wicker man. It also very quirky.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was a tight 0-0 draw with Wealdstone missing a penalty! Both sets of fans were very vocal which made a good atmosphere. No vegan options but black coffee so I was happy!
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
I left five minutes before the end and my journey was a quick 30 minutes.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
There were terrible weather conditions with a cold wet wind blowing throughout the game. But I was really pleased to have made the journey and I also got to see two ex Crawley players (Billy Clifford and Dennon Lewis) so a good day out!
Avatar of Ian Thomas (Havant & Waterlooville) Ian Thomas (Havant & Waterlooville)

Dartford v Havant and Waterlooville
National League South
Saturday 10th August 2019, 3pm
Ian Thomas (Havant & Waterlooville)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Princes Park?
An early-season away trip to a newish ground.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
A very easy drive up[ the A3 and around the M25. Dartford have built the ground fairly close to the M25 junction so access is relatively straight forward. There is a car park at the ground which is free but does get full with some cars parking on the grass verges.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We parked up at the ground and as the town centre is a 20 minute walk away we went into the clubhouse. It was welcoming for away fans and very nicely set up.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Princes Park Stadium?
The ground is fantastic. The large wooden man is the main talking point but the rest of the ground is very smart and well designed.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was spoiled by a howling gale, it finished 1 – 1. There is a purpose-built burger bar at either end serving the usual fare and a club shop at the 'home' end. Although there wasn't segregation in force for this match, the club are easily able to do so if needed.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
The car park has only one exit and then there are traffic lights at the main road junction. This meant it took 20 or so minutes to get out but as its free parking its no disaster.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
An enjoyable day.
Avatar of Myles Munsey (Ground hopper) Myles Munsey (Ground hopper)

Dartford v Havant & Waterlooville.
National League South
Saturday 13th January 2018, 3pm
By Myles Munsey (Ground hopper)

Reasons for visit
I’m making a conscious effort to tick off several grounds in National League South as most are within reasonable travelling distance from my home in Berkshire. I find this level of football so much more enjoyable with the oft-quoted ability to swap ends at half-time if needs be a bonus. 

Whilst I make no secret of my affection for traditional stadia, I could not put off a visit to Princes Park forever. This was a second visit to Dartford as nearly 30 years ago I went to Watling Street home of Maidstone United – sadly neither club nor ground exists anymore.

This was a top of the table clash as well so promised a lot.

Getting there
To reach Dartford required a train to London Paddington then by underground to Blackfriars. I took lunch at the all Day Café in the Town Centre then made my way to the ground via the pretty route. The pretty route takes you through Central Park (no not New York!) and along the river Darenth. The river and footpath pass under the A225 road through a lit up tunnel that plays Vivaldi’s four Seasons to you as you amble through. The ground could be found without difficulty a little further on.

First impressions
Entering via the access road that climbs from Darenth Road I liked the look of this ground. Although a modern stadium, it doesn’t overpower you and I thought it fitted in well with its semi-suburban surroundings. There was a little greenery to enjoy which complemented Princes Park rather well. The interesting features are inside. I thought the stadium nice and spacious, well-designed and was impressed with the facilities for mobility impaired. I though the wooden man was a nice detail that brightened up the far terrace considerably.

Before the game
I got to the ground in good time and chatted with the stewards and security staff all of whom were helpful and engaging. There was no problem whatsoever taking pictures and it was possible to chat and even shake hands with the players by the touchline. This is the personal touch so sadly lacking elsewhere and it was lovely to see a young girl fan have her autograph book signed by a couple of players.

The game
I chose a seat in the Main Stand that had ample leg room and a good view. Only two minutes had elapsed when Tom Murphy seized on a poor clearance, chested down and struck home a left foot first timer from the edge of the box. And that I’m afraid was as good as it got. A lot of the first half was spoiled by a too much aerial football and some pretty unadventurous play.

Both teams improved after the break but only in the last 15 minutes did Havant play with any urgency. Even then Dartford held out with ease but playing one-twos with the corner flag to run down the clock was tedious in the extreme.

A good attendance for this one – 1,276.

Getting away:
I took the recommended walking route back to the station and arrived at 5.10pm in good time for my train back to Blackfriars. Be careful crossing the A225 please and use the lights. This road is busy.

Overall thoughts:
Despite the poor game I very much enjoyed my trip to Princes Park Dartford. Yes it was a cold day and free-flowing football was scarce, but as far as the venue was concerned, sometimes a variation on a theme is no bad thing.

Avatar of Nathan (Swindon Town) Nathan (Swindon Town)

Dartford v Swindon Town
FA Cup 1st Round
Sunday 5th November 2017, 2pm
Nathan (Swindon Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Princes Park?
A new ground to tick off the list for me, although I wouldn't say I was excited after seeing my team knocked out of the FA Cup year after year by non-league sides!
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Very simple. I live close to the M25 and Princes Park is not too far off. A little bit of traffic which is to be expected on that stretch of road. Parking was very simple, we found a David Lloyd gym right next to the ground who were more than happy to let us park there for free! I understand that they let people park in the ground itself for free as well.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We were fairly late to arrive so we went straight into the stadium. They had a refreshment room in the away end, which was a bit different to what we are used to, but it was welcome as it was a chilly day. The home fans and staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Princes Park?
It's got a modern look to it, and it's certainly unique. It didn't really strike me as a football stadium but it's a really tidy ground and despite its size, a lot nicer than a lot of Football League stadiums! The away end was small and simple, just a few steps to stand on (but no bars to lean on which I found odd).
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
It was an entertaining game. My fears of a 'curse' were quickly put to bed as we won comfortably 5-1 in the end, but it was nice to see two sides playing football and Dartford gave it a real go. They had a section of support which moved from one end of the ground to another (depending on which end they were attacking). A little bit annoying as you couldn't really hear the chanting due to their drum (I'm not a big fan of drums at football games!) but they kept supporting their team despite the fact they were losing heavily. Food was bog standard football food, relatively priced and the stewards were very friendly and seemed to enjoy a good joke. The stadium is just as smart on the inside as the out. Although I have to point out there is a random giant wooden man in one of the stands. They could have done with him in goal!
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
It took a little while due to the traffic lights at the end of the exit road, but we were back on the M25 within a few minutes. There was about 2,700 there which is a big crowd for Dartford I believe, so can't imagine anyone would have much trouble for a league game there.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Dartford are a great club. One of the friendliest I've visited and they were extremely respectful (maybe a little too much given the scoreline!) and gracious in defeat. Princes Park is a tidy stadium and one that deserves a higher level than the National League South. Everything went smoothly so it's clearly a well run club. I look forward to visiting again in the future and I wish the club all the best!
Avatar of Joe Ferris (Barnet fan) Joe Ferris (Barnet fan)

Dartford v Barnet
Conference Premier League
Monday 6th April 2015, 12.45pm
Joe Ferris (Barnet fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to Princes Park? 
I have never visited Princess Park so I was looking forward to ticking another ground off the list.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 
Nice and easy journey the ground was easy to find and there was lots of parking available.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? 
Me and my dad decided to go straight into the ground at around 11. We went into the bar inside the ground and had a drink. I had a burger before kick off which was nice for the price.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
The ground looked compact a little strange with the gaps below the roofs at the back of the stands, as it was non-segregation we went to the end where most Barnet fans had congregated.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 
The game wasn't the best with Barnet nicking a 1-0 win thanks to a goal by Curtis Weston. The atmosphere from the Barnet fans was excellent and I thought the stewards were very friendly.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Easy to get away from the stadium. A bit of traffic but that was expected with a reasonably large attendance for Dartford's standards.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A great day out and a fantastic result. I would recommend visiting Dartford when your team has a fixture against them. A lovely club and a nice setup.

Avatar of Glynn Sharkey (Grimsby Town) Glynn Sharkey (Grimsby Town)

Dartford v Grimsby Town
Conference Premier
Saturday, October 4th 201, 3pm
Glynn Sharkey (Grimsby Town fan)

I've been to Princes Park a few times and although it's not one of my favourite grounds or even towns, it's still an excuse for a good day out and a meet up with southern based fellow Mariners. Unfortunately this was going to be one of those days where it didn't quite go to plan as various mates had to drop out at the last minute.

It was the usual early morning choo choo from Dumpcaster to Kings Cross and an underground shunt to Waterloo where I was supposed to be meeting a couple of the lads for drinks at the "Hole in the wall" pub, but due to the proverbial unexpected it was instead arranged to meet up with the rest in Dartford. I nipped across the road to Waterloo East station where you can catch the Dartford train after it leaves Charring Cross and while on the platform I found out some lads would be very late and some wouldn't make it at all.

Being a friendless Billy no mates for the afternoon I left Dartford station and took the short walk into town where I found The Flying Boat which is a Wetherspoons pub. Bingo.. Doom Bar for £2.30 and a managers special Flaming Dragon curry for under 3 notes. Both the food and beer were top notch and the atmosphere in this very busy but tidy pub was excellent, as was the service. Highly recommended.

From here I tried a couple of other places, one being another Spoons but I wasn't too fussed so decided to take a walk towards the ground and hopefully meet up with anyone at the Ivy Leaf pub, which is maybe 10 minutes from the away end turnstiles. This was where it, or rather I, all went wrong again. Walking up a slight hill I noticed the Malt Shovel and from past experience knew I had to walk past it, which I did, for about a mile and a half, in the rain. I had carried straight on past it instead of turning right and going past it. No one I asked had ever heard of Dartford FC and I ended up on some estate, wet, grumpy and lost. I asked a gentleman parked outside a house for directions and he laughed at how far astray I was, told me to jump in, and when his Dartford supporting grandson came out gave me a lift to the Ivy Leaf.

Sir, I very rudely forgot your name but if you ever read this I am eternally grateful for the kindness and for that alone don't begrudge Dartford the point.

Half way down my second delicious local brewed pint, Bob ambled through the door. Wet and bedraggled he had come on his motorbike from East London so it was a quick one and then off to the match. Him chugging alongside me while I managed a very respectable 14mph, well for a few hundred yards.

The ground looks quite tidy from the outside but it's a bit out of the way with nothing much around it. There is a supporters club and although I've not used it I have been told its okay. Inside it looks quite nice with very different looking curved roofs on the stands and one side stand has the famous wooden bloke holding up the roof. I stated earlier that it's not one of my favourites but to be fair can't really say why. There's nothing wrong with the place, the toilets were as good as you get, the catering was top notch and even though they sold out of chips it wasn't because the stewards had them on their shoulders as is too often the case. The staff (and fans) were a credit to the club, very friendly.

As for the match, well we've said for years that the football gets in the way of a good day out. It was pretty dour and uninspiring. No score at half time and we were lucky to get nil. One of the delights of non league, and to be honest one I haven't quite got my head around, is the way some supporters change ends at half time. When I first started going in the 70's it was called a pitch invasion!

Second half, they score and sections of our support are calling for the managers head. Town are playing like it's the first time they have met and their idea of crossing is the one over the river on the way here. All of a sudden our star striker hits the net via the spot, it's a point but we robbed them.

Straight out at the final whistle and a fast pace to Dartford station saw me back in London and at Kings Cross an hour before my train with time for a kebab and pint(s), although not much change from 5 notes a pint of Black Cab stout at the stations "Parcel Yard" pub.

Got home before midnight and chilled with a large single malt, a nice friendly club but for some reason didn't quite do it for me and I really can't explain why. If it wasn't for my mates down south it's one I might have given a miss.

Avatar of Paul Willott (Luton Town) Paul Willott (Luton Town)

Dartford v Luton Town
Conference Premier
Tuesday, February 12th 2013, 7.45pm
Paul Willott (Luton Town fan)

As some-one who recalled how the dubious demise of Maidstone United also practically sunk their "landlords" in the shape of Dartford FC, I was looking forward to this fixture if only to see Dartford now playing at a higher level than when they had the carpet pulled from under them. I had driven past the ground on a few occasions too, and seeing it from the road certainly made it look quite intriguing.

On the evening in question, I drove to the ground and parked the car on the access road to the stadium, and walked up to the slight hill to the entrance turnstiles for the away fans next to the car park.

Oddly enough, it being a night match meant that some of the "greener" aspects of the stadium weren't perhaps as obvious as they might otherwise have been, but I would still fully concur with the guide's observation that the ground is certainly quite distinctive and a far-cry from some of the bland modern stadia that have sprung up around the country.

Whilst waiting for the pay-on-turnstile tickets to actually arrive, I struck up conversations with both elements of the local police and stewards and found the atmosphere to be very relaxed and friendly.

Once inside the ground, I sampled the edible fayre on offer and found both the freshly made hot-dogs and the burgers very filling and appetising, all reasonably priced.  

The ground, whilst compact, is no mean affair, and certainly wouldn't look out of place in League Two, although the "wooden man" seems not quite so striking when not viewed in daylight. One observation I did make though was a collection of politically motivated adverts placed around the ground clearly campaigning on behalf of the Conservative Party, using slogans such as "Princes Park ; built by a CONSERVATIVE council".  Its the first time I've ever encountered such political adverts in a sports ground, and it didn't sit comfortably with me, I must confess. Much as I will praise ANY council for providing good facilities for its communities and sporting clubs, I didn't think it appropriate to use said venues to make political capital.

Once the game commenced, there was a lively enough atmosphere, which amplified as the second half commenced because the vocal home supporters, initially behind the opposite goal to the away fans moved to the section of the Wooden Man Terrace nearest the away fans which turned up the atmosphere a few notches.

The game itself was average, Luton never really imposing themselves on the game that they may have tempted themselves to think they could win at a canter, and in fact the more the second half continued, the more the home side grew in confidence, and 72nd minute goal for Dartford that settled the encounter did really have an air of inevitability about it.

I know I wasn't the only one in the Luton contingent to suspect that this was an omen that Luton may yet fail to achieve promotion overall, which ultimately proved correct come the end of the season.

Getting away from the ground was easy enough, and I enjoyed the match ; the right team won ( sadly ) on the night, and it was a good ground :- but lets leave the party politics out of football please!!

Avatar of Scot Rowland (Tamworth) Scot Rowland (Tamworth)

Dartford v Tamworth
Conference Premier
Saturday, August 11th 2012, 3pm
Scot Rowland (Tamworth fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)?

Obviously with it being the start of a new season I was very much looking forward to the game. As well as having seen details of Princes Park since its construction it promised to be a very interesting stadium to visit.

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

My journey was obviously a slight more hectic than it would normally be due to the Olympics. I travelled to Stratford from Ipswich on the 09:09 service then took the DLR to Greenwich then a train from Greenwich to Dartford arriving at 11:45. Heading to Stratford and then onto Greenwich both of which were extremely busy and did make the journey slightly more difficult. The ground is quite easy to find and there is quite a bit of parking at the stadium and the surrounding areas if you choose to drive.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy. Home fans friendly:

We took a taxi from the train station to Darenth Road to the Ivy Leaf pub that cost around £4. We found to our dismay that it was shut (it doesn't open until 1pm) so we first took in a drink at The Malt Shovel (also on Darenth Road). This was quite a nice pub with a cosy bar area and a lot of seating at the rear. We then headed to The Ivy Leaf which is again quite a nice pub with a very nice beer garden to the side. It does tend to get busy with it being so close to the ground but the home fans we came across were extremely friendly and the pub overall has a very good atmosphere.  

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and other sides of the ground:

I was awe stricken on seeing the stadium it is a fantastic place to watch a game of football. The mix of wood and concrete give the stadium a unique feel instead of many bland new stadiums. The quirky aspects of the ground add to the character of the stadium with the grass on the roof, and the wood on the roofs’ of the stands. All the stands are of a similar design; The Main Stand runs across the by-line and has a few rows to it with the bar (which is a very nice large bar, with a terrace outside looking over the ground) and other conferencing facilities to the rear of the seats. The three terraced stands are quite small with only a few rows terracing. The roof is quite high up so the ground feels open despite it being all covered and enclosed. In one corner is a basic scoreboard and then there is obviously the Wooden Man which I think is really good addition to the character of the stadium. The stadium is something to be proud of for Dartford and the fans I spoke to certainly were.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was a very entertaining encounter. Tamworth started very well and deservedly took the lead when Peter Till found a way through and fired into bottom corner. Tamworth continued to press and got a second when Bonner tried to clear and blocked it and the ball came back of Bonner to fall for Adam Cunnington to coolly finish. Dartford started to step up and were awarded a free kick on the stroke of half time that smashed in. 

Dartford started the second half brightly and passed the ball around well without creating too many clear cut chances. Mid way through the second half Cunnington hit a stunning strike with the outside of his boot into the top corner to make it 3-1 to Tamworth. Dartford pulled a goal back but after a tense last ten The Lambs held on for the win. The atmosphere was quite good from both sets of supporters with the roof of the stands being quite high good atmosphere can be created inside. The stewards were very good and obviously the facilities were again very good, the food inside the ground is quite good although a bit on the pricey side.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Walking was fine for us, but the car park bottlenecks at Grassbanks exiting from the stadium so I would assume that if using the car park it could require a bit of time to get away, also I noticed that the junction just down from the ground is very busy at the end of the game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Princes Park is undoubtedly a fantastic stadium and looks fantastic. The Dartford fans are a friendly bunch and makes for a great atmosphere before, during and after the game. This was a fantastic away day and I recommend a visit.