Arsenal Football Club - Highbury Stadium

Highbury Stadium, Avenell Road, Highbury, London, England, N5 1BU

Tickets:

020-7413-3366

Enquiries:

020-7704-4000

Fax:

020-7704-4001

Official Website:

www.arsenal.com

Nick Name:

The Gunners

Our Impressions of Highbury Stadium

Despite my undivided loyalty to my club, I have to admit I have a soft spot for Arsenal's Highbury stadium as this is the first ground I ever saw a match at. And even though this is approaching a decade ago, Highbury still for me is one of the best grounds in the Premiership.

The capacity is around 38,500, with around 2,500 seats allocated to away fans. The view is quite good, but if you are unfortunate in getting the ticket towards the back of the stand, the 'Curse of the Annoying Pillar' rears its ugly head. Catering at Highbury is rather disappointing as there is hardly a mouth-watering choice available - pies, a jumbo size hotdog, and tea/coffee/alcohol, and that's your lot.

Built in the early part of the last century, Highbury is situated in a residential area, and has a very cosy feel about it. The stadium is a very compact ground, and it is quite a feat to see 38,000 people pack it out. Away supporters enter the ground via the Highbury Hill entrance, and take residence in the South Stand (Clock End) and a small section of the West Stand.

During the late 80s/early 90s, Arsenal gained the tag of being 'boring', and I have to say that this extends to the atmosphere at Highbury. Where is the home support? You can hardly hear them!

There is a superstore, called 'Arsenal World of Sport' near the ground, selling all the Arsenal memorabilia. For supporters in the 'North Bank' there is a museum, with free access, and stadium tours can also be arranged.

The two jumboscreens offer prematch, half time, and post match entertainment, which includes highlights of previous games, interviews and match day highlights.

Whenever I have been to Arsenal, it has been as a away fan in the home end keeping very quiet, or as a 'neutral' watching them in Europe, but it was great to finally be there as a true away fan in the Clock End. It will be a shame to see this ground go at the end of day, but with the ambition of the club moving to the their new proposed stadium at Ashburton Grove, one can only hope that it retains the charms of Highbury.

Data supplied by Keef From - West Ham fan - 21st January 2003

Directions to Highbury Stadium

By Road

From The North

Get onto the M1 and come off at Junction 2 and follow the signs for the 'City'. After about 6 miles you go past Holloway Road Station, take the 3rd turning on the left into Drayton Park Road. Three quarters of a mile later turn right into Avenell Road, then find somewhere to park in the surrounding streets.

From The South

Head for the Thames and go over the river at London Bridge, then follow signs for 'Bank of England' then to Angel (Islington). At the traffic lights turn right (signposted 'The North') and after a mile go straight across the roundabout for Holloway Road. Take the third turning on the right into Drayton Park Road and three quarters of a mile later turn right into Avenell Road. Then find somewhere to park in the surrounding streets.

By Train

Arsenal (Piccadilly line) is the nearest tube, right outside the ground. Finsbury Park (Victoria & Piccadilly tube lines and train station) is a 10 minute walk, but slightly less crowded.

By Tube

Highbury has to be one of the easiest grounds to get to in London ? simply get off the tube at Arsenal (Piccadilly Line, Zone 2), and you are there. However, getting back into Central London or any other destination after the game is a total nightmare. You maybe better off going to Finsbury Park or Highbury and Islington tube stations and avoid the long and boring queues going home. Highbury and Islington tube station is a twenty minute walk away from the stadium. It is on the Great Northern Line and on the Victoria Line of the Underground. Come out of the station, cross the road over to the Barclays Bank on the corner and keep going towards the park. Walk straight down to the end of Highbury Place with the park on the left hand side. When you reach the end of the park walk left along Highbury Hill. This will take you to the stadium. Finsbury Park tube station is about fifteen minutes away from the ground. Turn right out of the tube station, past the bus station and turn right down the hill until you come across Seven Sisters Road. Go straight over into St Thomas's Road. When it divides take the right fork and continue up to the ground.

By Bus

Take Numbers 4, 19, and 236 which go along Highbury Grove to Blackstock Road, from here it is a 5-10 minute walk to turnstiles.

Local Area around Highbury Stadium

Car Parking


Car parking at this ground is a bit of a nightmare. Virtually all the back streets are residents only, with a permit system in operation (...and don't think you won't get caught, because believe me, you will!). By far the best way to get to this ground is by tube, with many fans parking at tube stations on the Piccadily line (...primarily 'Cockfosters' & 'Arnos Grove' stations, as these have large cars parks), and then getting the tube to the ground.

Pubs Near Highbury Stadium

The White Swan

Outside the Highbury and Islington tube station you'll find this Wetherspoon pub where you can comfortably drink, and mingle with the home fraternity.

The Drayton

Located near the coach park, this pub is used by away fans.

The Gaslight

Opposite Finsbury Park train station, and accommodating to away supporters

The Twelve Pins

Also opposite Finsbury Park train station, and accommodating to away supporters

The Gunners

Home Fans Only!!! As the name suggests!

The Woodbine

Another Home Fans only pub.

Fast Food Near Highbury Stadium

Arsenal Fish Bar

Luan Welsh, who is an ex-resident of Avenell Road has dropped us an email and says 'Opposite Conewood Street, in Blackstock Road is a fish and chip shop called the Arsenal Fish Bar. Not only do they serve the best fish and chips for miles but it is an excellent and very cheap chinese. The beef curry is probably the best beef curry in the world.

McDonalds

There are two McDonalds restaurant's close to highbury and the addresses are detailed below... 13-15 Seven Sisters Road, Holloway, London 280 Holloway Road, Holloway, London

Internet links for Arsenal Football Club

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