AFC Wimbledon - Cherry Red Records Stadium

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Stadium Info

The Cherry Red Records Stadium has two terraced stands with the Paul Strank Main Stand and the John Green Stand being all seated. The gradient on the Your Golf Travel and Chemflow terraces allow for good views of the action and there are no supporting pillars throughout the ground. All stands are covered and the Kingston Road End roof has been extended to cover more than 90% of the stand whilst the steps have been raised to improve the view.

Away Fans

Visiting fans are situated at the north end of the Your Golf Travel Terrace. Up to 700 fans can be accommodated here although a very small amount of seats can be made available for elderly or partially disabled in the John Green Stand. The views from this section are very good. There are two bars in the ground and unless the game is all ticket, away fans are welcome to purchase tickets on the day of the game.

Stadium Layout

Cherry Red Records Stadium seating plan:

Priestfield Stadium Seating Plan

Where To Drink

There are a number of pubs in the surrounding areas. A lot of visiting fans tend to drink in Kingston town centre and get the bus to the ground. In the immediate vicinity you may want to try The Peel. It's situated on Kingston Road and does allow away fans in. The Cambridge Fish Bar also on Kingston Road and a 2 minute stroll from the ground, is definately worth a visit. Alternatively, the club now sell fresh hot pizza within the stadium.

Parking

There is a relatively short supply of parking spaces, as the immediate area surrounding the ground is all residential. To guarantee getting a good spot you'll need to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the game. In my experience the best streets to look down are around Waters Road and Rosebury Road just to the north of the stadium.


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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to AFC Wimbledon's Cherry Red Records stadium, is Norbiton and is less than a mile away. Trains run from Waterloo every 15 minutes via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon (terminating at Shepperton or Strawberry Hill). Leave the station via the back exit, and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. Turn right at the end onto Gloucester Road, and walk down to Kingston Road, turn left, and Kingsmeadow is 400 yards on the right. Alternatively, the number 131 bus stops right outside the ground.

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Fans Reviews

  • Joel Page wrote:

    Travel: I'd visited Wimbledon the year before but it was a terrible experience, with train disruptions and bus difficulties. We also lost 1-0 so this time I opted to take the official coach with my Dad, which ran swiftly without a single issue meaning we arrived soon after 6pm. The ground was easily accessible but not very well signposted.

    Refreshments: Having sampled the food from a van situated on the premises the year prior, I didn't purchase anything on my latest visit. However on this occasion the food inside the ground was quite popular amongst away fans.

    Impressions: The stadium is of non-league standard; comprising of terrace running along one side adjacent to a small area of seating behind one goal, and standing behind the other. Despite this, it is a very nice ground which when filled can create good atmosphere. However the stewards refused to let fans disperse into both little stands which meant we were accommodated compactly - one disadvantage.

    Facilities: The toilets were well-organised but extremely small, and fans had to queue up for sufficient time to utilise them. As mentioned, leg room was also a problem for us supporters. Other than that the facilities were excellent.

    Exit: Once the game was over it was reasonably straightforward to exit and we were quickly on the coach where we could taunt the Wimbledon supporters of whom we'd well and truly robbed of three points.

    Enjoy: I absolutely loved my visit to AFC Wimbledon. The news that the council approved their new stadium bid, ending their tenancy at Kingsmeadow, came as quite a shame to me but obviously a triumphant day for the Wombles. I sincerely hope my next awayday at Wimbledon is just as brilliant.

  • Travel: Stayed the weekend in London with a friend as I was also going to Everton's game at Spurs on the Sunday, but by train, it couldn't be easier, despite being quite far out. Direct overground train from Waterloo to Norbiton, and about a 10 minute walk, if that from there.

    Refreshments: You pass a couple of places to eat on the main road walking from the station, I went to a chippy on the corner, which was alright, if nothing special. There is also a decent sized bar at the ground with big screens showing the early game. Limited kiosks inside the ground though, so very busy as you can imagine.

    Impressions: It's still very non league good in a sense that there are no pillars in any of the stands (with the exception of the very middle section of the side terrace where the camera gantry is) but all of the stands are very small and the terraces quite shallow. The EcoHouse Stand behind the goal is the main home end, while the other terrace down the side is split in half between home and away fans. The seats the away fans are given are in the new seated Nongshim Stand behind the goal, while the Main Stand runs down the other side.

    Atmosphere: Expected better, it was quite poor to be honest, even before Wimbledon started getting thrashed. Didn't seem to have the greatest acoustics in the place either, never heard a thing from the Dale fans all day, and even when they did start really going after the goals, could still barely hear them from the other end of the ground.

    Enjoy: Pretty disappointing, though slightly understandable given that Wimbledon share with a non league club. They do have plans to move back to Wimbledon soon however so hopefully that will go ahead.

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Ground Name: Cherry Red Records Stadium
Capacity: 4,850 (2,265 seated)
Address: Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Surrey, KT1 3PB
Main Tel No: 020 8547 3528
Team Nickname: The Dons or Wombles
Year Ground Opened: 1989
Site: www.afcwimbledon.co.uk

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Exterior, Cherry Red Records Stadium, AFC Wimbledon
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Your Golf Travel Terrace, Cherry Red Records Stadium, AFC Wimbledon
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John Green Stand, Cherry Red Records Stadium, AFC Wimbledon
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Paul Strank Main Stand, Cherry Red Records Stadium, AFC Wimbledon
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Chemflow Terrace, Cherry Red Records Stadium, AFC Wimbledon
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Your Golf Travel Terrace, Cherry Red Records Stadium, AFC Wimbledon