From the hallowed turf of Wembley to Old Trafford, the Emirates and Anfield, most football fans are familiar with the big stadiums in England. What about the smaller venues where the beautiful game is played though?
More modest football grounds can be full of character, so check out these smaller stadiums that have hosted EFL action in 2020.
The former home of Kingstonian is also used by Chelsea Women, but the smallest of the grounds to host EFL action this season too, as it’s where League One outfit AFC Wimbledon play. With 2,265 seats and a total capacity of about 4,850, Kingsmeadow is in the Norbiton area of the Greater London suburb of Kingston upon Thames.
EFL newcomers Salford City have the smallest ground in League Two after earning promotion from the National League. Better known as Moor Lane, the Peninsula Stadium is just five miles up the road from Old Trafford with seating for 2,240 and a total capacity of just over 5,100. Salford’s ground would have to sell out 15 times to match the number of fans their illustrious neighbours Manchester United can welcome to every home game. Owned by members of the famous Class of 92, this is one ambitious club who are worth keeping tabs on in the football betting available on their division.
The New Lawn
Like Salford, Forest Green Rovers are relative newcomers to the EFL, and the Gloucestershire side have a similar size ground as the venue for their League Two home games. The New Lawn is in the Cotswolds town of Nailsworth just four miles south of Stroud with about 2000 seats and capacity expanded to 5,140. Forest Green count Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Swindon Town among their local rivals
Did we fool you? No, it’s not the former home of Arsenal but a ground of the same name on the Lancashire coast that is home to Fleetwood Town. Currently coached by the seemingly always controversial Joey Barton, the Cod Army pack into their Highbury which has about 2,670 seats and a capacity of about 5,325. Fleetwood fans have League One action to watch, and derby day with neighbours and major rivals Blackpool to look forward to.
Returning to the royal theme of diminutive grounds, the home of Accrington Stanley is also known as the Wham Stadium for sponsorship reasons. With seating recently increased from 2,000 to 3,100, the total capacity of this League One venue in Lancashire is now about 5,450. Stanley fans will be hoping the team can take them to the edge of heaven and manager John Coleman is very much their man.
Home to both Brighton & Hove Albion Women and Crawley Town, the Broadfield Stadium in the West Sussex settlement of the same name completes our tour of the smallest grounds currently used in the EFL. Capacity for this venue has recently been expanded to over 6,000. Crawley Borough Council owns Broadfield with the town’s football club its chief tenants.