Stalybridge Celtic Football Club - Bower Fold

Bower Fold, Mottram Road, Stalybridge, Cheshire, England, SK15 2RT

Enquiries:

0161-338-2828

Fax:

0161-338-8256

Official Website:

www.stalybridgeceltic.co.uk

Nick Name:

The Badgers

Our Impressions of Bower Fold

Main Stand
There has been a ground at Bower Fold since 1906 but the main stands stem from construction starting in the 70's and finishing in the mid 80's. The main stand holds about 700 people, is all seated, and the view is excellent.

Moving clockwise around the ground we have the away fans segregation area for those games where it is suggested we segregate the fans (very rare). This is an uncovered area, but has its own turnstiles, snack bar and toilets.
Next comes the Lockwood and Greenwood stand. This is a standing area, covered. Most home fans will stand here when Celtic are kicking towards these goals.

As we move around, there is an uncovered standing area, with toilets (some disabled). Moving swiftly along, we have the 'Family Stand' this was the first seated area constructed in the new phase. The view is not quite as good as the Main Stand, as the seating is not quite so steeply tiered. About 300 people will fit in here.

The ground capacity is around 6,500 but we have not reached that for many a year. We have had nearly 4,000 when chester came to visit, and we broke the Unibond attendance record when we took 3,500 spectators to Emley on the 3rd but last game of season 2000/2001.

There follows a brief uncovered area before reaching the covered Joe Jackson stand. Behind this stand is the club shop and the club social bar. Some of the players drink in the social club after matches. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for away fans. On the final we have the main turnstiles and another snack bar, followed by hard standing for disabled spectators.

Disables Facilities
For disabled visitors to the 'Fold, there are car parking spaces available, but it's advisable to call the club to reserve a space. Access is via the centre turnstile, as this can be lifted to provide access to the hard standing area.

Data supplied by Iain - Webmaster of www.stalybridgeceltic.co.uk - 23rd July 2001

Directions to Bower Fold

By Road

M6 Northbound - 30 minutes from leaving the M6

Leave the M6 at junction 19 (Northwich). At the roundabout at the end of the slip road turn right (exit 3 of 4) to join the A556 towards Altrincham. Stay on the A556 for 5 miles to a roundabout with the M56. Turn right at the roundabout (exit 3 of 4) onto the M56. Stay on the M56 for 6 1/2 miles to junction 3 (M60 signposted Sheffield, M67). ** Stay on the M60 for 7 miles to junction 24 (M67, Denton) At the roundabout turn right (exit 4 of 5) to join the M67. Stay on the M67 to the very end, Junction 4. At the roundabout turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto the A57 (Hyde Road). After 1/2 a mile you will reach a set of traffic lights (signposted Stalybridge). Turn left onto B6174 (Stalybridge Road). Almost immediately, there is a mini roundabout. Turn left (exit 1 of 5) onto Roe Cross Road (A6018). Follow this road for 1 3/4 miles passing the Roe Cross Inn on the right and through the cutting (the road is now called Mottram Road). When you pass the Dog and Partridge on the right, you will be almost there. Bower Fold is on the left opposite a sharp right turn next to the Hare and Hounds pub. If the car park is full (it usually is), parking can be found on the streets on the right of Mottram Road.

M6 Southbound - 25 minutes from leaving the M6

Leave the M6 at junction 20A (North Wales, Runcorn) Join the M56 towards Stockport. Stay on the M56 for 11 miles to junction 3 (M60 signposted Sheffield, M67). Then follow ** above.

M1 - 40 minutes from leaving the M1

Leave M1 at junction 36 (Sheffield North) At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, join the A61 towards Stocksbridge (Westwood New Road). After 1 mile you will reach a roundabout with the A616. Bear right on the roundabout (exit 3 of 5) to join the A616. After 9 miles you will reach the Flouch Roundabout with the A628. Turn left on the roundaout (exit 1 of 4) to join the A628 (Woodhead Road). After 13 1/2 miles you will reach a set of traffic lights (signposted left to Glossop) go straight across. After these lights move into the right hand lane. At the next set of lights, turn right onto Back Moor (signposted Stalybridge). After a few hundred yards, you will reach a mini roundabout. Bear right (exit 2 of 5) onto Roe Cross Road (A6018). Follow this road for 1 3/4 miles passing the Roe Cross Inn on the right and through the cutting (the road is now called Mottram Road) When you pass the Dog and Partridge on the right, you will be almost there. Bower Fold is on the left opposite a sharp right turn next to the Hare and Hounds pub. If the car park is full (it usually is), parking can be found on the streets on the right of Mottram Road.

By Train

Stalybridge train station is on the main Trans-Pennine line between Manchester and Leeds/York. Either go from Leeds Central station, or from Piccadilly Station in Manchester. The trains to Stalybridge are regular from these two stations. Once in Stalybridge station (there is a very good pub right on the platform - so you can drown your sorrow on the return trip!) exit by the front entrance. To get to the ground from the station by bus will take about 10 - 15 minutes. Straight across the road is a bus-stop, or a little further down the road on the right, is one of Stalybridge's bus-stations. From either place, take the 217, 236 or 237 buses; all three of which go past Bower Fold. The bus-journey will be about ten to fifteen minutes. Ask the driver to alert you when it's time to get off - they're used to it. The bus-stop is directly opposite Bower Fold. For the return journey, there is a bus-stop on the same side as Bower Fold, take any of the previously mentioned buses, this time going to the Station. Don't forget to try the pub! It's in the Good Pub Guide. To get to the ground from the station by foot will take about 30 minutes. On leaving the station, turn right and walk under the railway bridge. You will pass a series of pubs and wine bars, a newsagents, a couple of curry houses and kebab shops before reaching the White House inn opposite the bus station. Continue along this road (Market Street) with the Cosmo Bingo on your left. As you reach Melbourne Steet, with the Halifax on your right, and an off-licence on the left, turn right onto Melbourne Street, and cross the bridge into the town centre. Go right to the end of Melbourne Street, marvelling at the new canal as you cross over it. Turn left at the top by the Co-op onto Grosvner Street. By the Stop and Rest, turn right, and cross Acres Lane at the Pelican Crossing to the Pineapple. Turn left and stroll along Acres Lane to the traffic lights at the end. At the traffic lights, turn right onto Mottram Road. Walk up Mottram road for 10 minutes, and Bower Fold is on the right. Data supplied by Iain - Webmaster of www.stalybridgeceltic.co.uk - 23rd July 2001

Local Area around Bower Fold

Car Parking


There is a car park at the ground, but this is usually full about half-an-hour before the game. Don't despair though, there is load of parking is the streets on the right of Mottram Road.
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