Leamington FC v Darlington

Saturday 27th January 2018, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

 
Leamington FC:
The Phillips 66 Community Stadium, Harbury Lane, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV33 9QB
01926 430406 Twitter: @leamingtonfc

History: There has been a Leamington club since the 1890s. This particular version was first formed in 1933, it has been a rollercoaster ride in a relatively short time for the club. A former works team, known as Lockheed Leamington (and by four other names in nearly 85 years), the club folded in 1988 after its old ground was sold for housing. It re-emerged in 2000 and moved through the Midland leagues before winning promotion from the Southern League for the first time to the Conference North in 2013. In 2005, Leamington reached the FA Cup 1st round after winning five ties, only to lose to Colchester 9-1, a team six divisions above them at the time.
Record Attendance: 2,102 v Hitchin (2017)
Capacity: 3,000
Last season: 2nd (Southern League Premier, promoted)
Honours: Southern League Premier champions: 1982–83; Southern League Div One Midlands champions 2008–09; Southern League Premier champions: 2012–13

Record victory:
Defeat:
Nickname: Brakes
Colours: Gold and black
Manager: Paul Holleran
Chairman: Jim Scott

Famous fans/players/connections: Harry Redknapp (ex-player)

Click here for streetmaps of the Leamington FC ground

Admission prices (2017/18): Adults  £12; Over 60s £8; students (with NUS card)  £6; Under 18s £3; Under 12s FREE

From the North Take M42 to Junction 3A and travel southbound on M40. Exit at Junction 14 and follow A452 towards Leamington. Continue straight ahead at 1st roundabout and at following roundabout take 2nd exit A452 (Europa Way) towards Leamington. At next roundabout take 4th exit (Harbury Lane) signposted Harbury and Bishops Tachbrook. At next roundabout take 3rd exit continuing on Harbury Lane. At traffic lights continue straight ahead into Harbury Lane. Stadium is 1.5 miles on left. 

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.

Sapphire Taxis Tel: 01926 881 313
Local Taxis 01926 888846
Taxi-27 01926 351107
Leas Travel 01926 353459

Leamington Spa railway station is about three miles miles from the stadium. Frankly, the ground is in the middle of nowhere. There are no footpaths for the final couple of miles and the club do not advise walking. It is recommended to travel by vehicle, either bus, taxi or car to the stadium.

Buses: A FREE 'Park N Ride bus operates for a limited number of high profile matches from the Railway Station.  Details to follow.

The official site is pretty snazzy and there is a page of directions and visitors' info.


At the ground:

Real ale near ground/town centre:

The local CAMRA has a guide to its recommended heart of Warwickshire pubs including Leamington, and Harbury which is a mile or two from the stadium.

Woodland Tavern, 2 Regent Street, CV32 5HW
Corner pub in the town centre, north of the railway station promising six ales. Open from 12pm. As it's a taxi ride anyway to the ground, this is an option.

Fizzy Moon Brewhouse, 35 Regent Street, CV32 5EE
A recently re-opened pub with the town's first microbrewery, usually four craft beers apart from the house beer, as well as gin and fizz bar.

The Leopard Inn Oakley Wood Road Bishops Tachbrook CV33 9RN
Just under a mile from the ground, this is part of the Scoff and Quaff chain, specialising in pub food. Open from 10am, including breakfasts.