Ashton United v Darlington

Monday 27th August 2018, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

Ashton United FC:
Hurst Cross Stadium, Surrey Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester OL6 8DY
Tel: 0161 339 4158; Tweet: @AshtonUnitedFC

History: Ashton join their neighbours Curzon in the Conference North - where they previously spent a season in 2004. The origins of the club stretches back to 1878 and after an unlucky start were reformed in 1909 in the Manchester League. Notable players include Dixie Deans at the end of his career, and briefly a young Alan Ball at the start of his. They became part of the North West Counties League in 1982, alternating between the top two divisions.

Capacity:4,500 (250 seats)
Record attendance: 11,000 vs Halifax Town, FA Cup 1 (1952)
Last season: 2nd (Northern Premier, play-off winners)
Honours: NPL Challenge Cup winners 201011, Div 1 Cup winners 199394, 199697, 199899; NPL play-off winners 2017/18; North West Counties League Div 1 champions 199192, Div 2 champions 198788.

Record victory: 131 vs Marple (1919)
Record defeat: 1-11 v Wellington Town (194647)
Nickname: The Robins
Colours: Red and white
Manager: Jody Banim
Chairman: Terry Holllis

Click here for streetmap of the Ashton Utd's ground

Admission prices (2018/19 ) Adults 12 , concessions (over 65, students, ages 12-18) 8, Under 12s 3.

From Darlington, 103 miles, 2hrs. From the North: The A1, M1 then M60 until Jct 22. Take the A672 towards Saddleworth, then after 7m take the A62 Huddersfield Road. Then a left turn onto Cross St/B6194. Follow this road, inclduing a left into Abbey Hills Rd/B6194.

Parking: Free on-street parking is available but be mindful of local residents. There is also a small car park behind the Rowley Street End.

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach. Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat.Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

Ring A Car 0161 339 6001
Metro Cabs 0161 368 8888
Radio Cabs 0161 330 2090
A2B Cars: 0161 308 3838
Stanford Cars 0161 330 2080

Metrolink - Take the Ashton under Lyne tram from Piccadilly to Ashton bus station - then 10 minutes by bus to Hurst Cross. The tram takes about half an hour from Manchester Piccadilly (Fare, 5.40 return).

Ashton-under-Lyne railway station is around 1.3 miles (25 minutes walk) and reached from Manchester Victoria.

The 219 Ashton bus takes half an hour from Piccadilly Station (stop D) to Ashton (Gas Street).

The official site is useful and a lot less annoying than similar, more generic sites.

The Manchester Evening News newspaper

At the ground:

The social club serves drink including real ale and soft drinks and is open to all visiting fans before, during and after games. There is also Sky Sports on TV.

Near the ground:

Ashton-under-Lyne town centre is a 25 minutes walk away. Some suggestions if you don't want to drink in central Manchester.

Miners Arms, 147 Mossley Road, Ashton, OL6 6NE
Friendly locals pub serving Marston's and Bank's beers. Half a mile from the ground.

Ash Tree, 9-11 Wellington Road, Ashton, OL6 6DA
A Wetherspoons in the town centre, not far from the railway station. Just over a mile from the ground.

Station Buffet Bar, Stalybridge railway station, platform 4, Rassbottom Street, Stalybridge SK15 1RF
Two miles away but worth a trek or a stop (the station is en route and three minutes away from Ashton) for a great real ale choice: nine handpumps and home cooked food.

Dog and Pheasant, 528 Oldham Rd, Ashton, OL7 9PQ
Marston's ales but the pub is on the road, just under a couple of miles from the ground.

Pubs in Manchester:

Splendid choice, here are just a few:

Cask Bar, 29 Liverpool Street, M3 4NQ
Vast beer selection, opposite the science and industry museum.

The King's Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN
Robinson's and Phoenix beers in this theatrical/music pub.

New Oxford, 11 Bexley Square, Manchester M3 6DB
Eight cask ales and a range of 100 continental bottled beers, open from 12 noon.

Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ
Craft beer bar in the Northern Quarter of the city centre, check Bank Holiday opening time.

A variety of hot and cold food and drink is available from the kiosks.