Borough Sports Ground
Capacity: 5,013 (Seats 765)
Address: Gander Green Lane, Sutton, SM1 2EY
Telephone: 020 8644 4440
Fax: 020 8644 5120
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: The U’s
Year Ground Opened: 1898
Under 16’s £3
To access the seated area, then an additional £2 transfer fee is payable inside the ground.
14,000 v Leeds United
FA Cup Fourth Round, 24th January 1970.
2017-2018: 2,214 (National League)
2016-2017: 1,660 (National League)
2015-2016: 1,043 (National League South)
Concessions apply to Senior Citizens aged 60 and over and students.
The Grandstand, located on one side of the pitch, was opened in 1951. This simple single tiered all seated Main Stand has a capacity of 765 seats and is covered. It does though have a row of supporting pillars located along its front. The stand runs for around half the length of the pitch but is situated off centre, in comparison to the halfway line. The team dugouts are also situated at the front of this stand. Oddly the blue and red seats of the Grandstand do not reflect the Club’s colours. In one corner of the ground in-between the Grandstand and Collingwood Road End is a blue two storey rectangular portacabin type structure that has a small electronic scoreboard on its roof.
Opposite on the railway side of the ground is a small covered terrace, called the Recreational or Rec Terrace, that has a box-like structure on its roof, which is used for television cameras. The terrace itself is set well back from the pitch. Both ends have small covered terraces, which are similar in design. One of these the Collingwood Road End was opened in 2015. The Gander Green Lane End opposite is unusual in that it has sweeping curved open terraces around each corner, either side of the covered terrace behind the goal. giving the stadium a bit of character. Their oval curvature gives a clue to the fact that the ground once used to have an athletics track surrounding the pitch. In-between one of these terraces and the Rec Terrace is a small separate portion of terracing, which is nicknamed the ‘Shoe Box’ by the local fans. The Club plays on an artificial 3G playing surface. The stadium is completed with a set of modern looking floodlights.
On the rare occasion that segregation is in force, then away fans are mostly housed in the Collingwood Road End. This modern terrace is covered, meaning that not only is there some shelter from the elements, but also that fans can more easily generate some noise. To gain entrance to this stand then you need to walk through the park alongside the ground. Although the terrace is fairly modern, the toilets at that end are from a bygone era!
In addition, a small number of seats are made available in the Main Stand. Although this stand is raised above pitch level it is set back a bit from the playing action. Plus the leg room is less than generous and there are a number of supporting pillars running across the front of the stand that could impede your view.
Also look out for the unusual looking club mascot called Jenny the Giraffe, not that you can easily miss her!
Behind the Grandstand there is a Social Club, which welcomes away fans and normally has real ale available. Alas, the nearby Plough pub has now closed down. Around a ten minute walk away at the traffic lights on the main A217 is the Gander pub. Andrew Goddard advises; ‘If a large attendance is expected then it may be advisable for away supporters who are travelling by rail, to make use of the pubs in Sutton town centre rather than relying on the Social Club at the stadium.
The pub options in the town centre are numerous if somewhat bland, being largely pubco-owned efforts that undergo the relevant re-brand every five years or so, to paper over their respective cracks. There are two ‘Wetherspoon’ pubs in the town centre doing exactly what it says on the tin, an ‘All Bar One’ and a handful of other options clustered at the top of the High Street all within five minutes walk of Sutton railway station. One of the better options may be to try ‘The Old Bank’ immediately to the right of Sutton station as you exit. There should be something to cater for most tastes and all the usual High Street restaurant chains are also present.
Sutton Railway Station is only one stop (or two minutes travelling time) on the train away from West Sutton station that adjoins the ground.
Leave the M25 at Junction 8 and take the A217 towards Sutton. On nearing Sutton you will reach a small roundabout where you bear left continuing on the A217 towards Central London. At the second set of major traffic lights (the Gander Inn is on the left hand corner) turn right into Gander Green Lane. The Borough Sports Ground is about 200 yards up this road on the left hand side.
There is a car park at the ground but this is for permit holders only. There is plenty of available street parking on the surrounding streets.