The Cherry Red Records Stadium
(But known to many fans as Kingsmeadow)
Capacity: 4,850 (Seating 2,265)
Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road,
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB
Main Telephone No: 020 8547 3528
Main Fax No: 0808 280 0816
Team Nickname: The Dons or The Wombles
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Year Ground Opened: 1989
Home Shirt Sponsors: Football Manager
Away Shirt Sponsors: Sports Interactive
Kit Manufacturers: Tempest
Home Kit Colours: Blue & Yellow
Away Kit Colours: Yellow With Blue & White Sash
Official Web Sites:
Unofficial Web Sites:
Womble Underground Press
What are the grounds like?
Kingsmeadow is a small but tidy stadium that has seen investment in recent years since AFC Wimbledon took over the lease from Kingstonian FC, who still groundshare with the Dons. On one side is the Paul Strank Stand. This covered, all seated Main Stand looks fairly modern, having recently been extended. It accommodates 1,265 spectators and although only eight rows high, it is free of supporting pillars, resulting in uninterrupted views of the pitch. Surprisingly the team dugouts are not located in front of this Main Stand, but opposite in front of the Your Golf Travel (East) Terrace, which leads to a procession of players and club officials, at half and at full time. This terrace is partly covered to the rear and has open flanks to either side.
At one end is the EcoHouse End Terrace (aka the Athletics End, from the Athletics Stadium that sits behind), where the majority of the home supporters stand. This newish looking covered terrace is located quite close to the edge of the playing area, giving a reasonable view of the game. Opposite is the Nongshim Stand (Kingston Road End). This new smart looking stand was opened in September 2012. It is covered having a raised roof and has an all seated capacity of 1,000. In addition the stadium has a set of four rather plain looking floodlights.
The Club have announced their intention to bid for the site of the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. If successful the Club would redevelop it with a new 12,000 all seated football ground, which could be expanded to 22,000 at a later stage if required. The Greyhound Stadium is not far from the site of the old Plough Lane ground. It is believed that the Club will face stiff competition from other prospective developers for the land.
What is it like for visiting supporters?
Away fans are housed in the Your Golf Travel Terrace at one side of the pitch. If the the away following is expected to be less than 600, then one side (towards the Nongshim Stand) is allocated and hence the terrace is shared with home supporters, although adequately separated. For larger followings then more of the terrace can be allocated, with the maximum allocation being 700. This small shallow terrace is partly covered to the rear, with open standing areas on each side. In addition a number of seats are made available in the new Nongshim Stand, adjacent to the East Terrace.
Please note that the away terrace is not accessible by going through the main entrance into the stadium car park. Away fans should instead continue going along Kingston Road (keeping the main entrance on the right) and take the next right into Jack Goodchild Way. Outside the stadium near the main entrance is a handy chip shop whilst a bit further along is the amusingly named ‘Fat Boys Cafe’. I also noticed outside the Main Stand a vendor displaying and selling the largest array of different football badges, that I think I have ever seen.
Where to drink?
There are two large bars located inside the main Paul Strank Stand. Away supporters are generally welcome to frequent the bars, however for the bigger games, and/or when it is all ticket, the bars are reserved for home fans only. On my visit I felt that the inside of the bar that I frequented, was a bit dim and drab looking, but with a real ale on offer from a local brewery and a barbecue selling burgers and hot dogs outside, its plus points outweighed the negative ones!
Nearby pubs include the Duke of Wellington and the more basic Prince of Wales, both located on Kingston Road between New Malden and the ground. Otherwise, you can drink in Kingston or New Malden town centres and get a bus to the ground (or a long walk!). The 131 bus passes the ground and goes through both town centres. If in Kingston, catch a bus heading to Tooting Broadway; if in New Malden, catch a bus heading to Kingston. On New Malden High Street there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Watchman., which is located near to the Fountain roundabout on the 131 bus route. See the Kingston Council website for timetable details.
Also near to the ground on Cambridge Road going towards Kingston, is the Blue Bar at the Sir Robert Peel Pub. This pub features strippers of the ‘£1 coin in the glass variety.’
How to get there and where to park?
From Outside London:
M25 Junction 10, take the A3 northbound into London. At the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and take the left into Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and Kingsmeadow is one mile on the left.
From Central London:
Take the A3 out of London, exiting at New Malden/Worcester Park. Cross over the A3, and take the Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and Kingsmeadow is one mile on the left.
There is limited parking available at the ground and, for Saturday games, to be sure of a space you need to arrive before 2.15 pm at the latest. Parking in adjacent streets can be tight as it is a residential area.
The nearest railway station to the ground is Norbiton, which is about a 15 minute walk away. The station is served by trains from London Waterloo via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon.
Leave the station via the back exit (Westbound platform), and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. At the end of the avenue, turn right Gloucester Road, and at the end of Gloucester Road turn left into Cambridge Road. The main entrance to Kingsmeadow is 400 yards down on the right, with the away entrance a little further on past this on the right hand side and is well sign posted. Thanks to John Woodruff for providing the directions.
Dave Nathan adds; ‘New Malden station is also in walking distance of the ground. This may be a preferred route for away fans as there are better pubs in New Malden namely Bar Malden and the Glasshouse both outside New Malden station and The Fountain at the Fountain Roundabout. Come out of New Malden station and follow the High Street to the left, and proceed up to the Fountain Roundabout. At the roundabout turn right into Kingston Road towards Kingston ( or jump on a 131 bus) and the ground is a good mile on the left after passing under the railway bridge and Homebase on your right. This will take about 25 minutes to walk’.
Main Stand (Centre): Adults £22, Concessions £13, Under 16’s £10
Main Stand (Wings): Adults £19, Concessions £12, Under 16’s £9
Kingston Road End: Adults £18, Concessions £12, Under 16’s £9
EcoHouse End: Adults £16, Concessions £10, Under 16’s £4
Your Golf Travel Stand: Adults £15, Concessions £9, Under 16’s £4
Concessions are available to full-time students, over 65’s and the unemployed on production of proof of status. Due to the large number of season ticket sales for the Main Stand, match tickets for this area will be very limited.
Aldershot Town, Barnet and Crawley Town.
AFC Wimbledon fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)
Record and Average attendance
Record attendance (For an AFC Wimbledon game):
4,749 v Exeter City
League Two, April 13th 2013
2012-2013: 4,060 (League Two)
2011-2012: 4,295 (League Two)
2010-2011: 3,435 (Blue Square Premier)