Alfreton Town v Darlington

Saturday 28th September 2019, 3pm
Vanarama National League North

Alfreton Town FC:
The Impact Arena, North Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7FZ
Tel: 01773 830277 or 01773 836164 Twitter: alfretontownfc

History: The club was founded in 1959 following the merger of Alfreton Miners Welfare and Alfreton Utd clubs. Town had some success in the Midland Leagues, before joining the Northern League in 1987, eventually winning promotion to the NL premier in 1996, before suffering relegations in the late 1990s. Under Chris Wilder's management in 2002, the Northern Counties club won four trophies, then his successor Dave Lloyd won another promotion to the UniBond League Premier, including a run of 17 straight wins. A good showing saw them earn a place in the new Conference North. In 2004, Town also took Macclesfield to a replay after reaching the FA Cup first round for the first time. Gary Mills and finally Nicky Law have reshaped Alfreton, who after knocking on the door of promotion, finally reached the Blue Square Premier as Conference North champions in April 2011. Darlo last played them five years ago. Town were relegated back to the Conference North in 2014 after three seasons. After bottom half of the table finish last season
Record Attendance: 5,023 v Matlock Town (1960)
Last season: 15th
Honours: UniBond League Division One 2002/03 Northern Counties (East) League 2001/2002, 1986/87 Midland Counties 1969/70, 1973/74, 1976/77 ; Conference North champions 2010/2011

Record victory:
Nickname: Town
Colours: Red
Manager: Billy Heath
Chairman: Wayne Bradley
Famous fans/players/connections: Chris Senior, Dan Lowson (ex-Darlo)

Click here for streetmaps of the Alfreton ground

Admission in 2019/20: £14 for adults (aged 21 and above); £10 OAPS, £10 (ages 16-21 and students); £2 for children aged 15 and under if accompanied by an adult. Prices are pegged to last season's. The terrace was uncovered but we were allowed into the covered shed in the centre behind the goal during a downpour. Away fans enter via the turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the ground - and segregation will be in operation. There is a limited number of seats, covered terracing, toilets and catering - pie and chips were reasonable, with a good choice of hot drinks too.

From the North (Darlington, 115 miles): From M1, leave at junction 28 onto the A38 towards Derby. Follow for two miles then take the slip road onto the B600. Turn right at main road towards the town centre. After half a mile, turn left into North Street as you pass a catholic church. The ground is 150yds down on the right.

Parking: There is street parking, although it's suggested not parking too close to the stadium unless you want to get caught up in traffic afterwards. There is parking at the North St entrance behind the Bentley St End of the ground.

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, 07376 368553 Payment for each coach trip must be either paid for in full before travel, or a 50% non-refundable deposit paid in advance. Anyone wishing to travel on the coaches must join before the day of travel. Membership £5 per season.

Donís Taxis 01773 833665
Amber Taxis 01773 836100

It's a 15-20 minute walk from Alfreton Station. Turn right on Mansfield Road and walk uphill towards the town centre. Take the second turn left onto Prospect Street (the post office is on the left, a chip shop on your right). Continue for along Prospect Street until you reach the top, then cross Nottingham Road at a pedestrian crossing. Ahead is a catholic church and North Street - where the stadium is - is along the right of the church. You'll find the Impact Arena, 150 yards down this road. For the away terrace, walk down Alma Street until you reach the entrance.

The King Alfred, 58 High Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BE
This freehouse promises eight handpulls with local real ale from the likes of Amber Ales and Castle Rock, as well as popular brands such as Timothy Taylor. The pub, owned by the Pub People Company, also does good value food and is open from 10am. Within straightforward walking distance to the ground.

The Waggon and Horses, 9 King Street, DE55 7AF is further away from the ground. It's CAMRA recommended Wetherspoon's pub and does a discount on food for CAMRA members.

There are two bars at the ground, with the one on the right as you come in recommended for away fans - entry is free and it's open from 1.30pm.

The Supporters Association has a list of local pubs for those who want to drink away from the ground.

The nearest pub to the stadium is The Victoria, Nottingham Road, DE55 7GL This is two minutes walk away and there should be two real ales on too. Away fans are welcome and there are rolls but no hot food. Another is The Bluebell, 30 High Street, while there is a pub called The Station on Mansfield Road, which is a quarter of a mile up the hill from the station

Real ale alternatives in the area are: The Hay, 135 Main Road, Shirland which has a good choice of beer and cider (two miles north of Alfreton). Or off the M1 along the B6019 try The Clock DE55 2AA, which is in the Good Beer Guide, and Devonshire Arms both at South Normanton approx 1.5m east of Alfreton.

The official site has most of the basic information.

This Is Derbyshire and Alfreton Chad

©Photos: Ted Blair

Alfreton is a former coal mining town in the Amber Valley, not too far from the border with Nottinghamshire. If staying in the area, there is a Premier Inn (Mansfield) which is east of Alfreton, just the other side of the M1 from South Normanton, or a Travelodge near the A38/A61 junction.

There are a few fish and chip shops, a Subway and kebab shop in the town and a Macdonalds on the B600.