3,000 (Seats 760)
Darenth Ave, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 3JF
Royal Blue With White Trim
The Longmead Stadium is located in a pleasant setting, within a small park, with plenty of trees surrounding the ground perimeter. At first glance, the ground looks much older than it is. This is partly because the Main Stand on one side of the pitch predates the 1980 opening of the ground. It was originally located at the Club’s old Angel Ground, before being dismantled and re-erected at the new stadium. This covered all-seated stand was formerly a covered terrace. It runs for around three-quarters of the length of the pitch and has an interesting looking angled roof. It does have a number of supporting pillars, as well as the bases of some floodlight pylons in front of it, that could impede your view. There are flat standing areas to either side of this stand.
Both ends of the ground are almost identical, with small covered terraces located behind the goals, with flat standing areas to either side. Although only four steps high, these are quite broad and do provide an elevated view of the match. Although set back a bit from the touchline, the cover does help with the generation of the atmosphere. The remaining side of the ground is almost entirely open to the elements, with spectators confined to a pathway behind the pitch perimeter fence. Known as the Clubhouse side, it comprises a mish-mash of club buildings, with a tall elevated television gantry located in the centre. There is also an odd-looking small covered structure, that contains around 30 seats, which is used as a Director’s Box. The team dugouts are also located on this open side of the ground. One unusual feature is that the team changing rooms are located at one end, next to the covered South Terrace. This means that the teams enter the field of play from near one corner. The ground has a set of eight small floodlights, four of which run down each side of the pitch.
It is very rare that there is crowd segregation at the Longmead Stadium. If segregation is put in force then the visiting supporters are allocated the Jack Maddams Stand at the North End of the ground. This end comprises a small covered terrace that is located directly behind the goalmouth, with flat standing areas to either side. Around 500 away fans can be housed in this area. As segregation is normally not in force then this allows the traditional non-league swapping of ends at half time, with the obligatory banter that goes with it!
There is a clubhouse bar at the ground, that normally welcomes visiting supporters. However, with not much else around the local area, it does fill up pretty quickly. It does though normally have real ale available. The closest pub is the Royal Oak on Shipbourne Road. It is just over half a mile away, or a 10-15 minute walk, from the Longmead Stadium. It doesn’t show televised sports but does have Harvey’ Real ale on tap. If arriving by train then there are a number of pubs along Tonbridge High Street, including a Wetherspoons outlet called the Humphrey Bean. There are also plenty of pubs dotted along the walking route from the railway station to the ground.
From the North
Leave the M25 at Junction 5 and take the A21 towards Sevenoaks and Hastings. After five miles leave the A21 and take the B245 towards Hildenborough. Continue along the B245 through Hildenborough and on towards Tonbridge Town Centre. Shortly after passing a Beefeater outlet on the right and the Chestnut Lodge on the left, take the next left into Dry Hill Park (signposted Shipbourne A227). At the mini-roundabout take the first exit onto Shipbourne Road. Go past the Shell Garage and the Royal Oak pub on the left and at the next roundabout take the first exit onto Darenth Avenue. The ground is located at the bottom of this road. There is a large car park at the ground, which is free.
Tonbridge Railway Station is located just under two miles away from the Longmead Stadium. The station is served by trains from London Charing Cross, Redhill and Dover Priory. There is a taxi rank at the station. As you exit the main entrance, turn right and then right again, to find it. Alternatively, from directly outside the station (just to the left of the main entrance) you can catch the 218 or 219 Bus which will take up to near the stadium. The 219 gets you a bit closer to the stadium stopping in Darenth Avenue itself. View the timetables for these buses on the Arriva website (look for the Cage Green Pinnacles stop, for near the ground). Please note that for midweek games there are no buses running back to the station after the match has ended.
To walk from the station to the stadium will take around 40 minutes. Turn left out of the station and proceed down along the High Street. Continue passing Tonbridge Castle and Tonbridge School on the left. Where the road forks, keep straight on to the right towards Shipbourne (A227). Go straight across the mini roundabout, passing a Shell Garage on your left and then just past the Royal Oak pub turn left into Welland Road. Then take the next right into Long Mead Way. At the end of this road turn left into Darenth Avenue. Longmead Stadium is at the bottom of this road, within a small park.
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Over 65’s £9
Under 18’s £5
Under 13’s £4*
*Free entry into League games if accompanied by an adult.
Official Matchday Programme £2.50
Maidstone United and Dover Athletic.
2,411 v Lowestoft Town
Isthmian League Premier Division Play-Off Final
7th May 2011
2018-2019: 542 (Isthmian League Premier Division)
The Club’s previous ground was close to the Angel Hotel and was hence known as the Angel Ground and the Club Tonbridge Angels.
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