Our Impressions of Kingfield Stadium
If it wasn't for the Leslie Gosden Stand at one end, Woking would have a veritable antique of a ground which probably wouldn't pass the grading for the Conference. This is an imposing all seater stand behind one of the goals, probably seating about 1200 people, with facilities for the disabled, and plenty of toilets and food outlets situated underneath it, inside. Views are great from here, with no pillars to block views, and plenty of legroom and protection from the elements.
Behind the opposite goal is the Kingfield Road stand, basically 8 steps of concrete terracing with a tin roof. This is where the more boisterous Woking fans congregate, and they do make a fair bit of noise, and if no segregation is in place, this isn't the place to stand, it can become very intimidating.
On the side of the ground where you enter the turnstiles is the old Main Stand, cramped, uncomfortable and showing it's age. Built on top of the Social Club, it has plastic seats, but poor legroom and poor views. It is also wooden, so no smoking!! It also has (or did have) a leaky roof!! Just to the right of the main stand however, towards the Leslie Gosden Stand , is an open terrace, known to all as Moaner's Corner, and watching the game from here can be a rewarding experience, if slightly colourful in language terms!
I believe that if no segregation is enforced, then away fans can go almost anywhere in the ground except the Main Stand.
However, if the game is segregated, away fans are allocated ? of the Leslie Gosden Stand for seating, and the Tennis Club terracing on the far touchline. And guess what!! 10 steps of concrete terracing, 2 blocks of Portaloos, 1 chip van and NO COVER is what you'll experience. So if it rains, be prepared to get wet, and the over-zealous stewards here have been known to confiscate umbrellas from away fans!! The Mens toilets are grotty, and the chip van is overpriced and understaffed. You will also be funneled to your own entrance by the police, and quite probably videoed on the way in and out!!
Directions to Kingfield Stadium
Kingfield is located on the Southern edge of Woking (between Woking and Old Woking, on the way to Guildford) opposite Woking Leisure Centre, with both facilities being fairly well signposted on all major routes into town.
To get to Woking the suggested routes are as follows :-
From the North, East or West
Leave the M25 at Junction 11 then follow the A320 to Woking. Follow the A320 round the edge of the town centre following signs to Guildford, then turn off onto Claremont Avenue. The turn is effectively straight ahead as the A320 takes a sharp turn to the right. Travel to the end of Claremont Avenue then turn left. The ground will then appear on your right after approx 100 yards.
From the South West
Leave the M3 at Junction 3 then follow the A3046 to Woking. This will take you straight to the A320, whereby instructions can be followed as above.
Follow the A3 to the Ripley Junction (junction after the M25 junction when travelling South). Follow the road through Ripley then turn onto the A247 towards Send. Follow this road to a mini roundabout and turn left onto Old Woking High Street. Turn right at the next mini roundabout and follow the road to the ground which will appear on your left.
From the South
Follow the A3 to the Send turn off (just after Guildford). Turn left onto the A247 then follow directions as above.
Woking station is in the centre of town approximately a mile and a half from the ground.
It it served by trains from London Waterloo (fast and suburban ? about 6 to 8 trains an hour), Portsmouth, Basingstoke, the South West, Bournemouth, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and South Wales. Fast trains from Waterloo take about 30 minutes to get to Woking.
Come out of the station by Platform 4 and bear right. Follow that road through the car park down to the pedestrian crossing in front of the Law Courts and cross over then bear right again (but sort of straight ahead, if you see what I mean) and carry on past the Court and Police Station. Cross Hill View Road then carry straight on down Constitution Hill (basically keep The Litten Tree pub on your right hand side). About 100 yards down on the left is a gate leading into Woking Park. Turn in here the take the first path off to the right. This will take you towards the swimming pool and past the bowling green, the 'aromatic gardens', the putting and the crazy golf. Walk past the swimmng pool into the car park and keep going straight out of the leisure centre and park, cross the road and there is Kingfield. It takes about 20 minutes in total, but this route is not advisable after dark.
If arriving for a night game, follow the directions as far as Hill View Road. Ignore the turn off into Woking Park, and keep going straight ahead past the Litten Tree. Follow this road downhill until the end, turn left and Kingfield is about ? mile on the right hand side.
Local Area around Kingfield Stadium
Parking is mainly in the Leisure Centre car park opposite the ground in Woking Park. The police will probably direct you in here anyway. On street parking around the ground is just about tolerated, but hard to find and some roads are not that safe to park in.