Highbury Stadium: Fleetwood Town

Park Avenue, Fleetwood, Lancashire, England, FY7 6SP

Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium is not to be confused with the ground of the same name where Arsenal Football Club played for 93 years, if for no other reason than Arsenal’s Highbury saw a lot more success in its time than Fleetwood Town’s. Wyre Borough Council own the place, with Fleetwood paying rent to them. The ground is also used for the home games of Blackpool Reserves, which is fun.

The capacity of Highbury is 5327, which makes it the 112th largest stadium in England and, at the time of writing, the 24th largest ground in League One. The ground opened in 1939 during the club’s most successful period when they won three Lancashire Combination Cups on the bounce. Before they moved to Highbury the club played their home games on ground next to North Euston Hotel in the town.

Stats

Highbury Stadium Stats
Year Opened1939
Capacity5,327
Average Attendance3,123
Record Attendance6,150 (Fleetwood v Rochdale (1965))
Pitch Size105 x 64 (6720)
OwnerWyre Borough Council
Clubs HostedFleetwood Town FC, Fleetwood Flyers, Blackpool Reserves
Fleetwood Town Stats
Year Founded1908
NicknameThe Cod Army
Club MascotCaptain Cod
Rivals Morecambe, Southport, Barrow, Accrington Stanley, Chorley, Kendal Town, Lancaster City, Skelmersdale United, Blackpool
Previous StadiumsNorth Euston Hotel, The Queen's Ground, Memorial Park
KitRed & White (Home) / Blue and White (Away)
Training GroundPoolfoot Farm
Shirt SponsorBusiness Energy Solutions
Team OwnerAndrew Pilley
Record GoalscorerDave Barnes (101)
Record AppearancesNathan Pond (450)

Highbury Stadium Photos

Highbury Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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Highbury has four stands, with three of them being all-seated affairs and one a standing terrace. The Memorial Stand houses the more vocal Fleetwood fans, whilst The Parkside Stand houses the away supporters and also has a row of executive boxes at its rear. Away fans are also welcomed in The Percy Ronson Stand, which is the only area of terracing in the ground. Finally, The Highbury Stand is a mix of temporary seating and club facilities.

Fleetwood Town Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for Fleetwood Town games are a little complicated as the club charges less for members of its official supporter’s club than for non-members. They also charge different amounts for different parts of the ground as well as for people of different ages.

Here are the cheapest and most expensive ticket prices for adults and concessions who are not members of the supporter’s club:

  • Adult: £22 - £29
  • Concession: £17 - £24

How To Get Fleetwood Town Tickets

You can buy tickets online, via the ticket offside at the stadium or over the phone.

Where to Buy

Getting To Highbury Stadium

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Fleetwood might like to pretend otherwise, but to most people in the country the easiest way to think about is that it is essentially Blackpool. For that reason, it’s reasonably easy to get to from the North but slightly trickier from the South. Here are some of the more common methods you’ll want to look at:

Train - The nearest station to Highbury is Blackpool North, but we use the term ‘nearest’ quite loosely as it’s actually about seven and a half miles away. There is a tram that runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood, however, and it passes quite close to the ground. The trams leave every twenty minutes or so and take about forty minutes to get to Fleetwood.

Bus - Bus Numbers 14 and 1 run from Blackpool Town centre, leave every ten minutes and take around thirty minutes to pass near to the ground.

Car - Get on the M6 and stay on it until Junction 32 then take the M55 for Blackpool. Leave that at Junction 3 and get on the A585 to Fleetwood. As you get towards the centre of Fleetwood follow the signs to Highbury.

By Air - Both Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport are close enough to Blackpool to warrant a mention and both serve most big cities that you might be flying in from. Manchester might be the best bet if you’re using public transport, though, as it’s on a direct line to Blackpool.

Taxi - A taxi from Blackpool North to Fleetwood’s home ground will take just over twenty minutes but probably cost in the region of £30. If you can you’re much better off on the bus or the tram.

Parking Near Highbury Stadium

The only parking spaces at the ground are for disabled supporters, but there is plenty of on-street parking near to the stadium.

Useful Resources

Highbury Stadium Hotels

Nearby Blackpool probably offers the better bet for hotels owing to the abundance of B&Bs on the seafront. Here are some of the best hotels you’ll want to consider:

Leverdale Hotel - £40+

242 - 244 Queen's Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9HA
The Leverdale Hotel is about four and a half miles from the stadium and promises a restaurant, a free breakfast, a bar, free parking and free Wi-Fi. More details.

Smart Hotel - Guest house - £55+

1A King Edward Avenue, Blackpool, FY2 9TD
Located just under six miles from the ground on Blackpool beach front is this hotel that has a bar, free Wi-Fi and a free breakfast included in the price. More details.

Briardene Hotel - £70+

56 Kelso Avenue, Thornton-Cleveleys, FY5 3JG
The closest hotel to the ground of any note is this one that is three miles away. It’s got 16 rooms, it’s near to the beach and it has a restaurant. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Highbury Stadium

Much like the hotels, you might want to consider Blackpool for your pre-match pint. These places are worth checking out regardless:

Jim’s Bar

Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6SP (01253 775080)
Jim’s Bar is actually at Highbury Stadium, so it’s ideal for a pre-match pint. Both sets of fans tend to drink here and there are hot snacks available, plenty of drink options and loads of TVs for any live sport.

The Strawberry Gardens

Poulton Road, Fleetwood, FY7 6TF (01253 771 991)
The Strawberry Gardens offers a great selection of ales, a large car park and a restaurant. It’s also welcoming of home and away fans and has a number of TV screens.

The Thomas Drummond

London Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6JY (01253 775 020)
This is a JD Wetherspoon pub, so you know what you’re getting here. Cheap food and cheap drinks are the order of the day, with some small TVs for the sport.

Facilities

To be perfectly honest the facilities at Highbury are best described as ‘basic’. That’s not to say they’re rubbish or anything, but if you’re used to Premier League or Championship standard grounds then you might be in for a rude awakening. There are places to buy some grub and something to drink and there are toilets. If you want more than that then you’re probably the Queen.

Prices

  • Programme: 1.00
  • Pie: 3.00
  • Cup of tea: 1.50

Hospitality

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The main hospitality option at Highbury is The Parkside Lounge. Here you’ll get a three-course meal, access to a pay bar facility, a Q&A with a match day guest and VIP balcony seating. Though match tickets aren’t categorised for the main tickets you will find that they are graded for hospitality experiences.

The other option available to you is an executive box, and you can choose from non-dining, buffet, and three course meal options. You are also allowed to personalize your box (whatever that means) and it can accommodate up to 12 guests.

Private Hire

Highbury Stadium is available for private hire, with the ground often used for corporate events, charity football matches, delegate days, parties, christenings, dinners and even weddings, should you be such a massive Fleetwood fan that it’s your dream to get married in the home of your favourite club. You can even spend Christmas day there if you would like to. Basically, they will have you for anything if you want to hire a space.

Stadium Tours & Museum

As things currently stand there are no tours of Highbury available.

About Fleetwood Town

By Timos allana (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

To say Fleetwood Town has a bit of a confusing history is to understate things in the extreme. The current version of the club is, in fact, the third incarnation of a football team from Fleetwood, with the first formed in 1908 as Fleetwood FC. In 1977 they were reincarnated as Fleetwood Town FC, with many of the same people from the original club still there. In 1996 that club folded and in 1997 they re-formed as Fleetwood Wanderers, with a sponsorship deal immediately seeing the name change to Fleetwood Freeport FC. Finally the club changed its name to the now used Fleetwood Town in 2002.

In 1997 when Fleetwood Wanderers were formed, the club was placed into Division One of the North-West Counties Football League, otherwise known as the tenth tier of the English Football League. That they are, at the time of writing, plying their trade in League One, the third tier of the Football League, is a credit to everyone at the club. They also have some well-known former players, not least of whom being Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, who gained his move to the Foxes and later a Premier League winners medal, after scoring 31 goals in 36 games for the Cod Army.

Highbury Stadium History

Percy Ronson Stand at Highbury Stadium in 2007

Between 1948 and 1952 the ground played host to the Fleetwood Flyers speedway team that competed in the National Speedway League. Because of that some of the stands were ‘set back’ from the pitch, leaving a large gap between them that was a unique feature for Fleetwood’s stadium. When the new West Stand was built in 2008 the builders had to clear tonnes of ash and cinder left over from the speedway track in order to build it on the setback area, removing that piece of history from the stadium’s surroundings.

The new West Stand development was actually the second stand at Highbury that was redeveloped, with The Percy Ronson Stand enjoying a £200,000 refurbishment in 2007. It was the first time since 1939 that a new stand was built at the ground. It is a terraced section, meaning that supporters can stand when watching the football. Originally it was hoped that 1240 supporters could be admitted there but Lancashire County Council reduced that to 621.

Future Developments

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Since 2007 the ground has been redeveloped almost entirely. Because of that it’s unlikely that further changes will be made in the foreseeable future.

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