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. Between this and the Main Stand new terracing was added in 2022 and named The Tardis Terrace. Though built for the Home Fans, it will used for Away Fans if demand requires.
Opposite 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, though in 2022 was replaced with a half and half terrace/seated stand, which houses away supporters, as well as new floodlights and turnstiles.. 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 there use to be a small separate portion of terracing, which was nicknamed the ‘Shoe Box’ by the local fans, though demolished in 2022. The Club plays on an artificial 3G playing surface. The stadium is completed with a set of modern looking floodlights.
Away fans are mostly housed in the Collingwood Road End. This a mix of a modern terrace and towards the Main Stand a seated stand which are both 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, you need to walk through the park alongside the ground. The toilets at that end are from a bygone era, but now accompanied by portacabins!
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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 is a Wetherspoons called the Moon on the Hill, 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.
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 street parking available but further away from the ground due to a local residents parking scheme, so please check signage on lamposts for restrictions.
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Adjacent to the ground is West Sutton Railway Station which is only a couple of minutes walk away from Sutton United. It is served by trains via Sutton, London St Pancras and Bedford. As you come out of the narrow station entrance, turn right and the entrance to the ground is down on the right.
Rivals - Bromley, Carshalton & Kingstonian
Travel: Drove and parked in a side road a short distance from the ground. Arrived just over an hour before kick off so no problem finding a space as most locals didn't seem to arrive until after 2pm.
Refreshments: Had my own flask and sandwiches with me so didn't need anything once at the ground. Home fans very friendly with a real family friendly feeling to the whole set up.
Impressions: This really was a step back in time with a real hotchpotch of different stands and terracing. However for me this is a large part of the enjoyment of attending lower league or non-league games, No checking the seat colours here to identify where you are, as is the case in most new identically built stadia! It is clear to see that the club has made many changes in order to meet FL requirements and that many more will be needed if they are to progress further up the leagues. Much of the terracing is open to the elements with only the visiting fans enjoying both seating and terracing all under cover. Some of the home terracing is very shallow, so if anyone thinking of bringing young kids it might be advisable to get there early to get to the front or purchase a seat. Spent a few minutes selecting the best place to view without a floodlight obstruction and game on!
Atmosphere: Both teams played some good football in an enjoyable game, with Sutton dominating the first half and deservedly going in at half time one up. As expected Forest Green turned things around in the second half and deserved their equaliser. Sutton however had the better chances in the closing stages and overall would probably feel they deserved to win. Final score 1-1. Enjoyable friendly atmosphere restricted a bit by the open nature of the stadium.
Could not have been easier after. Short 7/8 minute walk back to the car and soon away and back onto the M25. For those using public transport buses stop almost outside the ground entrance and the train station is only a brief 4/5 minute walk away.
Enjoy: A really enjoyable game of football, on a lovely sunny winters day amongst very friendly fans and club officials. However had it been raining hard i'm not sure it would have been quite so enjoyable!
Ground Name: Borough Sports Ground
Capacity: 5,013 (Seats 765)
Address: Gander Green Lane, Sutton, SM1 2EY
Main Tel No.: 020 8644 4440
Team Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 1898