Billingham Town v Darlington: Important Information
Ahead of Darlington’s game at Billingham Town this weekend the hosts have issued the following information to supporters who are planning to make the trip.
Admission cost and Turnstiles
Admission prices will remain at the usual cost of £6 for adults, and £3 for concessions. There will be two turnstiles for entry to anyone, and one ‘Express Entrance’ via the main gate which will be for people with the exact change only. This game will not be ticketed and is pay on the day only.
Getting To Billingham Town
Billingham Town play at Bedford Terrace. The address:
Via A19: Turn off A19 onto A1027, signposted Billingham, Norton. Take the Billingham exit and go straight on over two roundabouts along Central Avenue. Turn left at the third roundabout onto Cowpen Lane. Turn left onto Warwick Crescent and then turn left again onto Bedford Terrace and follow the one way system.
Via Train: There are several trains running from Darlington to Billingham with a change at Thornaby (and vice versa) throughout the day, at a cost of £5.60 return. Billingham train station is only a few minutes walk from the ground.
When arriving at the station head left past Binks Taxis and up the ramp which will take you onto Marsh House Avenue. Head left to the bottom of Marsh House Avenue then turn right onto Cowpen Lane. Turn right onto Warwick Crescent and then turn left again onto Bedford Terrace.
There is a car park outside the ground at no charge, however spaces will be limited. Priority will be given to players and officials of the clubs, after which it will be first come, first served. There is the possibility of overflow parking on the field next to the ground, however this depends on the weather if access will be possible or not, as the field can flood easily during periods of rain.
Supporter’s coaches are being asked to park in the coach bays on Cowpen Lane. There is also ample car parking on Cowpen Lane, and Central Avenue, including outside the Billingham Synthonia FC ground who will be away, which are only a few minutes walk from the ground.
There is a set of steps and public footpath leading from Cowpen Lane onto Surrey Terrace for people walking from Central Avenue/Cowpen Lane to the ground.
Bar / Clubhouse
The clubhouse will be open all day before, during and after the game. Access is outside the ground via the main car park, and there will be an area outside the clubhouse where drinking is permitted for those who prefer a bit of fresh air with their pint.
The bar serves draft beer and lagers as well as the usual bottles and spirits. Please note that it is not permitted to consume alcohol inside the ground during the game, whether it is bought from the club or not. This is a league rule and anyone drinking alcohol during the game will be asked to leave (This does not include within the clubhouse).
Food and Refreshments
The club canteen will be open as usual, serving hot and cold drinks, sweets, crisps and snacks. However the only hot food being served from the canteen will be Pie & Peas rather than the normal full menu. There will a burger van serving burgers and sausage buns, which will be located on the corner between the near-end and far-side of the ground. No hot food is available in the clubhouse.
Seating and Standing
The ground has a main stand with seating split into two sides. There is no extra cost for seating and will be served on a first come first served basis, however the near side will be reserved for home supporters only. The larger side which will be for the away following is accessed by walking around the back of the stand and has steps to access of the far side. Although access will be stewarded, the club is asking all fans to respect the home and away split of the stand, to allow both clubs a fair split of the seating.
There is a raised covered terraced area on the far side of the ground and a raised uncovered terraced area behind the near goal. The far end and near side are flat hard standing areas. All four sides of the ground are open and can be accessed by walking either way around the pitch and behind the main stand.
There are male and female toilets located within the ground, just to the left of the entrance/turnstiles before the main stand. There is also male, female and disabled toilets in the clubhouse.