Banbury United FC v Darlington

Saturday 21st January 2023, 3pm
Vanarama National League North

Banbury United FC, The Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium, Station Approach, Banbury Oxfordshire OX16 5AB Tel: 01295 263354.

History: The club was formed out of the Spencer Villa works team in the early 1930s and as Banbury Spencer played in the Birmingham Combination. They enjoyed reaching the FA First Round for the first of six appearances in 1947. By the mid-60s, the club became Banbury United with ambitions to move up a level, joining the Southern League and upgrading their ground, while on the field was the goal scoring exploits of Tony Jacques. Fortunes faded in the 1970s and they were finally relegated for the first time in 1991. Under Kevin Brock they clinched the Hellenic League championship in 2000 to earn promotion after ending the season with 13 wins in row. A period of ups and down led to relegation again in 2015. Under Mike Ford the club fought its way back to the Southern League Premier and then, after the upheaval of Covid, the club earned promotion to the National League last season under ex-Coventry City right back Andy Whing, its biggest achievement.
Capacity: 6,500
Record attendance 7,160 vs Oxford City, FA Cup qualifying round, 1948
Last full season: 1st Southern League Premier Division
Record victory: 120 vs RNAS Culham, Oxfordshire Senior Cup, 194546
Defeat: 112 v West Bromwich Albion A team, Birmingham Combination, 193839
Honours: Southern League Premier Division Central champions 202122, Hellenic League Premier champions 19992000
Nickname: United, The Reds, The Puritans
Colours: Red and yellow
Manager: Andy Whing
Chairman: Ronnie Johnson

2022/23: Adults 15; concessions (Over 65s) 11; Under 18s 5; Under 11s 2 and students with ID 8

Distance from Darlington 207 miles (3hrs 25mins) From the North: Follow the M1 until the turn-off for the M42 and Birmingham. Leave the M42 at junction 3A and take the M40. At junction 11, take the A422/A361 exit to Banbury. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto A422. Go ahead at the first roundabout and then turn left at the next roundabout into Concorde Avenue. Go straight on at the next roundabout (with leisure centre ahead on right) and take the left hand lane. Turn left at the Cherwell Street traffic lights then in a very short distance first right into Station Approach.

Parking: Town centre car parks are up to 15 minutes walk from the ground. On some match days, parking is available by special arrangement in the railway station car park. Parking limited to 200 spaces at ground.

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.

Premier Cars 01295 272020
Banbury Cars 01295 276666
007 Cars 01295 700007

The stadium is a short walk from the railway station, along Station Approach past the station car park.

The official site is OK, if some of the information is a bit hard to navigate to.

At the ground:

There is a clubhouse at the ground.

Town centre:

The White Horse 50-52 North Bar Street Banbury OX16 0TH
Town centre pub, CAMRA recommended.

The Apothercary Tap Butchers Row, Banbury
Craft beer bar and bottle shop, open from 12pm.

The Coach and Horses 4 Butcher's Row, Banbury, OX16 5JH
CAMRA recommended town centre pub, which does Hook Norton ales and pub food.

The Bell, Middleton Road, Banbury, OX16 4QJ
Closer to the ground, does a good range of food, including pizzas. Adnams and some guest ale.