Kingsmeadow: AFC Wimbledon

Jack Goodchild Way, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England, KT1 3PB
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Kingsmeadow, or the Cherry Red Records Stadium as it’s officially known for sponsorship purposes, was home to not one but two different football teams until 2017. AFC Wimbledon, formed in response to the decision to create the MK Dons from the ashes of Wimbledon Football Club, ply their trade in the Football League, but Kingstonian FC also called Kingsmeadow home from 1989-2017.

About half of the 4,850 capacity is seated, and although AFC Wimbledon play there, it is actually Chelsea FC that own the leasehold as they use the club for their ladies team.

Stats

Kingsmeadow Stats
Year Opened1989
Capacity4,850
Average Attendance4,164
Record Attendance4,870 (AFC Wimbledon v Accrington Stanley 2016)
Pitch Size100 x 68 (6800)
NicknameFans' Stadium
Former NameKingsmeadow Stadium, Fans' Stadium
OwnerAFC Wimbledon
SponsorCherry Red Records
Clubs HostedKingstonian F.C., AFC Wimbledon
First FixtureKingstonian v QPR (1989)
AFC Wimbledon Stats
Year Founded2002
NicknameThe Dons, The Wombles
Club MascotHaydon the Womble
RivalsMK Dons, Crawley Town, Carshalton Athletic, Tooting & Mitcham United, Hampton & Richmond
KitBlue & Yellow (Home) / Yellow & Blue (Away) / Black & Yellow (Third)
Training GroundKing's College Sports Ground
Shirt SponsorFootball Manager
Team OwnerAFCW PLC
Record GoalscorerKevin Cooper (104)
Record AppearancesSam Hatton (241)

Kingsmeadow Photos

Kingsmeadow Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The John Green Stand features a camera gantry and is known as The Noodle Stand because it was originally sponsored by Nong Shim Ltd, a South Korean food producer. The Paul Strank Stand is the main stand in the ground and contains the dressing rooms, whilst the RyGas Stand is a terraced section that hosts the scoreboard and the away fans. The Chemflow End is another terraced area where the most vocal supporters tend to congregate.

AFC Wimbledon Ticket Prices

There are two different places you can go to watch games in Kingsmeadow, the stands and the terraced sections. Consequently there are two different sets of prices, with seating being more expensive than standing up. The only other thing that will affect the price you pay is your age, as shown below:

  • Adults: £17.00 - £29.00
  • Concessions: £11.00 - £18.00

How To Get AFC Wimbledon Tickets

AFC Wimbledon fans can get tickets online, by post, or in person from the ticket office. They are not usually available over the phone, and you will need to register to buy online.

Where to Buy

Getting To Kingsmeadow

Kingston is not far from Greater London, so if you can reach the home of Big Ben, Boris Bikes and the Crown Jewels then you’ll be ok. Here are some tips:

Train - Norbiton Train Station is about fifteen minutes walk away from the ground and trains run regularly from Waterloo.

Bus - The 131 runs from the centre of Wimbledon and Kingston to near to the stadium.

Car - London’s a nightmare to drive in and Kingston is close enough for it to be a bother. Your best bet is to put the postcode, KT1 3PB, into your sat-nav to be honest and see what traffic is like on the day.

By Air - London has a wealth of airports, though Heathrow is probably the closest to the ground.

Taxi - A taxi from Wimbledon station to Kingsmeadow will take about twenty minutes and cost around £15.

Parking Near Kingsmeadow

There is a 350 space parking area at the ground and you can also park on residential roads around the ground, but look out for restrictions.

Useful Resources

Kingsmeadow Hotels

Obviously nearby London is your Oyster (card), but if you’re hoping for more targeted instructions to places nearer to the ground then here are our tips:

Twickenham Guest House - £70+

10 Russell Road, Twickenham, TW2 7QT
Around four miles from Kingsmeadow in Twickenham, as the name might have given away, is this quaint 3-star guest house with nineteen rooms, free Wi-Fi and a free English breakfast thrown in. More details.

Antoinette Hotel - Kingston - £80+

Beaufort Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2TQ
Less than a mile from the stadium is this hotel near to Hampton Court Palace. Mind your head. It’s got 100 rooms, a restaurant and a bar, seven meeting rooms and a garden. There’s also a free buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. More details.

London Marriott Hotel Twickenham - £90+

Twickenham Rugby Stadium,198 Whitton Road, Twickenham, TW2 7BA
Description - We’re back to Twickenham and a four mile journey to the ground for this member of the Marriott chain of hotels. It’s worth it, though, as the hotel’s got a restaurant, a bar, a health club with an indoor pool and a business centre.
More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Kingsmeadow

Once again the bright lights of central London shouldn’t be ignored if you like a night out, but if you want to drink closer to the ground then here you go:

Wheelwrights Arms

60 Clarence Street, Kinston-Upon-Thames, KT1 1NP (0208 547 2990)
This pub is all about attracting the sports crowd, with a number of TVs dotted around the place in order to show anything live at any given moment. There’s also a standard drinks selection and a decent menu.

O’Neill’s

3 Eden Street, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT1 1BQ (0208 392 0114)
Nothing says pre-match pint quite like an Irish bar, so don’t discount O’Neill’s just because it’s a chain pub. There’s a cracking menu on offer here as well as decent drinks - Guinness is a nice tipple you may not have heard of - and loads of TVs for the old sport.

The Mill

88-62 Kingston High Street, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT1 1HN (0208 547 2301)
Just like the other pubs this family friendly place is not far from the crowd in the centre of Kingston. It’s got a conservatory, a food menu, plenty of drink choices and a number of TV screens with sports on whenever there’s something worth watching.

Facilities

The stadium is basic, to be honest, but it’s fine compared to other Football League standard grounds.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Cup of tea: 1.50

Hospitality

Prize cabinet at Kingsmeadow - By Kapteink2 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

AFC Wimbledon hospitality packages need a little work when it comes to branding, but here they are. The aptly named Hospitality Package includes a 3 course meal, tea and coffee and a pre-match briefing from the manager; the Matchday Hospitality Package includes all of the above plus seats in the Paul Strank stand; while the Executive Hospitality Package (these names...) includes the same but with the addition of seats in the directors box and access to the Presidents Lounge.

Private Hire

Kingsmeadow refers to itself as ‘Kingston’s premier conference and party venue’, and who are we disagree? There is certainly a lot that goes on there, even a comedy festival. Weddings, conferences, birthday parties and product launches have all been hosted by the stadium in days of yore.

Stadium Tours & Museum

There are no tours and no museums available here, though some of the supporters of both clubs are dead old so you could just ask them about stuff.

About AFC Wimbledon

The gates to the site formerly housing Wimbledon Football Club's traditional home stadium, Plough Lane. - By Anonymous AFC Wimbledon supporter (Flickr: Womble Til I Die Gates) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The club is one of the new generation of football clubs, like FC United of Manchester, formed in reaction to the goings on at bigger and more famous clubs. In this particular instance AFC Wimbledon was formed by a Wimbledon supporter disgusted by the decision of an FA panel to allow the club to relocate to Milton Keynes. Though AFC Wimbledon has no official connection to the Wimbledon of Vinnie Jones and Lawrie Sanchez, the supporters consider it to be a spiritual successor to the Dons of old.

The Wombles, as they are sometimes known, currently holds the record for the longest unbeaten run of games in senior football in England. They went 78 league games without losing between February of 2003 and December of 2004. They are also the first club that was formed in the 21st century to become a Football League club. Not bad considering the club didn’t even exist at the turn of the millennium!

Kingsmeadow History

The freehold of the site where Kingsmeadow, or the Cherry Red Records Stadium as it is currently known, is owned by Kingston Council. The leasehold for the site used to belong to Kingstonian FC when they invited AFC Wimbledon to move in, but the Dons bought it from the club’s previous owner in 2003. As part of the deal there was an agreement put in place that Kingstonian could sub-lease the ground for 25 years and play a pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon every summer, with the idea being that the gate receipts from the friendly would cover their rent.

Kingstonian actually built the ground with the money they earned from the sale of their previous home, Richmond Road. It was opened with a friendly match against Queens Park Rangers in 1989 but when the club was relegated out of the Conference financial difficulties took hold. Kingstonian was bought out by the Khoslas family but fans believed they were only in it for financial reasons, something that seemed to be justified when they sold the ground for £2 million in personal profit in 2003. History repeated itself when Chelsea FC took over the lease and allowed the Dons to rent it, which allowed AFC Wimbledon to financially prepare for their new stadium which is currently under construction.

Future Developments

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Very few developments are expected in the foreseeable future, but Chelsea have loads of money so if anything needs doing they will probably be on top of it fairly quickly.

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