Gander Green Lane: Sutton United

The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Ln, Sutton SM1 2EY

Based in the Sutton area of South London, Sutton United were formed in 1898 and play their home matches at Gander Green Lane. The club originally plied its trade in the junior and local leagues in the area, moving to be part of the Athenian League in 1921. They shifted to the Isthmian League in 1964 and joined the Football Conference in 1986, bobbing about between the various competitions over the years that followed.

Officially known as the Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane was built on a site that was used for allotments and open fields during the 19th century. Sutton United used it as their home for a season in 1912-1913, returning permanently in 1919. The area the ground is built on was developed during the Edwardian Period but didn’t actual open its doors until 1912, with Sutton United’s first match there being in the FA Cup against Guards Depot F.C.

Stats

Gander Green Lane Stats
Year Opened1912
Capacity7,032
Average Attendance855
Record Attendance14,000 (Sutton United v Leeds United (1969))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
Former NameKnights Community Stadium
OwnerSutton United
Clubs HostedSutton United, Sutton Common Rovers, AFC Wimbledon Ladies
First FixtureSutton United v Guards Depot F.C. (1912)
Sutton United Stats
Year Founded1898
NicknameThe Us, The Amber and Chocolates, The Yellows
Club MascotJenny the Giraffe
RivalsCarshalton Athletic, AFC Wimbledon
KitYellow & Black (Home) / Green & White (Away)
Shirt SponsorAngel Plastics
Team OwnerNawaf Al Shammari and Gary Otto
Record GoalscorerPaul McKinnon (279)
Record AppearancesJohn Rains (685)

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Gander Green Lane Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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Gander Green Lane is built very much in the traditional style of English football grounds, with four areas stood on the sides and ends of the pitch. There is one covered seating area, with three covered standing areas as well as a number of uncovered standing areas. In other words, if it looks like the weather isn’t going to be too clever then you want to pay a bit extra and ensure you’re somewhere with a cover.

Sutton United Ticket Prices

Season tickets for Sutton United cost somewhere between £279 and £329 for adults, with concessions looking at around the £219 mark. If you’re not sure about signing up for the entire season then you might want to consider buying tickets for one off matches, which tend to come in at about £20 for adults and £13 for concessions, depending on where you want to be located and how early you buy them.

How To Get Sutton United Tickets

The best place to start looking for tickets to Sutton United matches is on the club’s official website. The ground rarely sells out, though, so you can almost certainly get one on the gate on the day of the match.

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Getting To Gander Green Lane

Train - If you want to get the train to go and watch a Sutton United match then you’ll be looking for West Sutton Railway Station, which is adjacent to the ground. Served by Thameslink trains that go via Wimbledon and Sutton itself, you come out of the station, turn right and you’ll see the stadium about 100 yards away.

Bus - The 413 hopper service leaves Sutton town centre from outside the post office and will stop on request anywhere along Gander Green Lane, so can effectively take you directly to the ground. Alternatively, the 80 runs from Hackbridge to Belmont and down nearby Collingwood Road. You can then take the path through Collingwood Rec to reach the stadium.

Car - If you’re travelling by car to Gander Green Lane then you’ll want to get on the M25 and get off at junction 8. From there you’ll head north on the A217 for about 20 minutes, ignoring any signs for Sutton itself. When you get to the traffic lights by the Gander Inn you’ll turn right and see the stadium about 200 yards further ahead. If you hit West Sutton Railway Station then you’ve gone too far.

By Air - Because Sutton is located just outside London, you’ve got plenty of options in terms of air travel. Gatwick is the closest airport, but you’ll probably find it quicker to travel from Heathrow. Even Luton Airport is only two hours away though, so you’re spoilt for choice in many ways.

Taxi - A taxi from the centre of Sutton out to the football ground will cost you anywhere between £7 and £20 depending on the time of day and the traffic you encounter. It would probably be quicker to walk, for those that are able.

Parking Near Gander Green Lane

The club does have a car park, but it’s limited to permit holders only on match days. As a result, you will want to look for on-street parking on the roads around the ground, but do make sure that you keep an eye out for parking restrictions. Gander Green Lane is only about ten minutes walk from the town centre, where there are two decent car parks you can use.

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Gander Green Lane Hotels

Orchid Epsom, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western - £50+

272 Kingston Road, Epsom, KT19 0SH
The joy of a stadium on the outskirts of London is that you’re filled with options when it comes to where to stay. This no-frills hotel is about 15 minutes away from Gander Green Lane in nearby Epsom, promising Wi-Fi in the reception area and the ability to park your car if you’re driving. This is the more budget-friendly hotel on the list, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t give you everything you need for a cheap and cheerful stay either side of a match day. More details.

Flexistay Aparthotel Sutton - £60+

23 Camborne Road, Sutton, SM2 6RJ
If you want to give yourself a bit of flexibility when it comes to your stay in Sutton, you don’t need to look much further than this Aparthotel. There are 18 rooms available, with a self-service breakfast and Wi-Fi included in the cost of your stay. In terms of its location, it is on the other side of Sutton so will take about 30 minutes to walk to from the stadium. That being said, it’s less than ten minutes in the car if traffic is on your side. More details.

Holiday Inn London - Sutton - £110+

Gibson Road, Sutton, SM1 2RF
Sometimes you just want to stay somewhere that you recognise and chain hotels provide the perfect luxury to do just that. The Holiday Inn in Sutton boasts 119 rooms, a restaurant and bar and an indoor pool. The full-service spa will allow you to relax, whilst breakfast is available as is parking. The Wi-Fi is free to use, with the hotel’s location being ideal not just for a visit to Gander Green Lane but also the likes of Chessington World Of Adventure. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Gander Green Lane

The Gander Inn

2 St. Dunstans Hill, Sutton, SM1 2UE (020 8644 2479)
In terms of proximity to the football ground, you can’t get much better than the Gander Inn. It’s about an eight minute walk away and promises great food as well as all of the usual drink options. There’s pool and darts for those that like to be recreational about their pub choices, whilst big screens can be seen from all around the venue for the times when there’s a big match on that you want to watch before or after the Sutton United game.

The Crown

285 High St, Sutton SM1 1LD (0121 272 5499 )
There are countless pubs around the United Kingdom named The Crown, but the one in Sutton is well worth a visit if you’re in the area for the football. It shows live sport whenever there’s something worth watching on, plus you can enjoy a bite to eat or a drink before heading off to the match. Open from ten in the morning until eleven at night seven days a week, they even allow dogs if you happen to have your four-legged friend with you.

The Sutton Arms

60-62 High Street, Sutton, SM1 1EZ (020 8661 7430)
Located in the centre of Sutton and therefore a ten to 15 minute walk from the ground, the Sutton Arms is part of the Greene King chain of establishments. That means that you’ll know what you’re getting, from the food on offer to the lagers, ales and soft drinks that you can buy. There’s a beer garden as well as Wi-Fi, plus there are disabled facilities for those that need them. It’s somewhat generic, but that isn’t always a bad thing.

Facilities

It isn’t exactly outrageous to suggest that Gander Green Lane isn’t as plush an experience as a Premier League or Championship ground, but there’s plenty to enjoy about a trip to the ground regardless. You can have a drink inside, for example, or pop over to The Plough on the other side of the road if it doesn’t seem too hospitable to you.

Hospitality

There are some areas of the ground that are a little more open to hospitality than others, with the club’s main offices and hospitality areas to be found behind the covered seating area.

Private Hire

Being a relatively small club that is aimed at the local community, Gander Green Lane has some areas available for private hire that you’re best contacting the club directly about to find out more information.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing, Gander Green Lane doesn’t offer tours and there is no museum to speak of, but such things can change quickly.

About Sutton United

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What not everyone will realise about Sutton United is that the club was actually formed from a merger of two other football clubs. On the fifth of March 1898, representatives of Sutton Guild Rovers F.C. and Sutton Association F.C. met at the Robin Hood Hotel and decided to combine forces to create Sutton United. They soon gained a reputation in the junior leagues in the local area, taking the decision to become a senior side in 1910.

In the years that followed, Sutton United slowly began to establish itself as a football club on the outskirts of London, gaining promotion to the Football Conference in 1986, having turned down the offer to join it the year before because the stadium wasn’t good enough. One of Sutton’s most successful campaigns came in the 1988-1989 season, during which they defeated First Division’s Coventry City 2-1 in the FA Cup third round.

Gander Green Lane History

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The Gander Green Lane area was used for allotments and open fields during the 19th century, with a decision taken to develop a stadium there coming at the end of the century. It was intended as a football ground, with a small pavilion being built on the northern side. There was a large residential building called Strawberry Lodge located to the west, but it had been demolished by 1937 and terraced houses stood there instead.

The Main Stand at the stadium was built in 1951, with two small wooden stands replaced by covered standing areas in the 1980s. New terracing was installed in place of the Gander Green Lane end in 1997 and in 2002 the stadium played host to AFC Wimbledon after the original club had moved to Milton Keynes and become the MK Dons. The stadium has been used for athletics in the past as well as football matches.

Future Developments

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When Sutton United gained promotion to League Two at the end of the 2020-2021 season, a number of small improvements to the ground were planned. It’s unlikely that any other major changes will take place in the near future, but if something is in the pipeline then we’ll update this page accordingly.

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