Our Impressions of Hilton Park
The ground (current capacity 10,000 - although 31,224 is the record for a rugby match) was originally built when the rugby club moved across town in 1947 and has seen better days. Planning approval is being sought (March 2003) for a new 12,000 seater shared football/rugby stadium as part of a major sports/education/retail/leisure/housing development on the edge of town which has the backing of the local council. Current plan is to have it ready for use in three years.
Keith Peacock has e-mailed us, and says 'The stadium has always been utilised by Leigh Rugby League and it shows in its poor appearance. There is a bit of cover should the elements turn nasty, in the main stand and a smaller stand opposite, with a roof that covers partially standing spectators. Behind both goals the terracing is open (no cover) and segregation is not in force.'
Directions to Hilton Park
From M6 North
Leave M6 at Junction 23, head towards Manchester on the A580, take the A579 signposted Bolton and Pennington Flash, continue along this road till you see the ASDA Store on left and the football ground on right, turn right at the traffic lights then right again into Glebe St, next right into Chadwick St and ground straight ahead.
From M6 South
Leave M6 at junction 22 and take the A572 (Winwick Lane) towards Leigh, then take the A580 towards Manchester, left onto the A579 signposted Bolton and Pennington Flash, continue along this road till you see the ASDA Store on left and the football ground on right, turn right at the traffic lights then right again into Glebe St, next right into Chadwick St and ground straight ahead.
The nearest station to the ground is Atherton, which is aporx. 4 miles from Leigh.
The nearest bus stop (582 service) to the football ground is the one after Kirkall Lane, Leigh.
Local Area around Hilton Park
Usually on B&Q car park (directly in front of Hilton Park) or over the by-pass road on the large Asda car park. There is parking available for just a few cars at the entrance to the ground (down cinder pathway) and also street parking.
The best place to park is in Kirkhall Lane. To find this, continue past the ground and it's one of the roads on the right.
Data supplied by
Keith Peacock - 24th January 2002