Goldsands Stadium - Bournemouth
How To get There
It`s a trek. M55, M6 South. Down to J8 then take the M5. Stay on the M5 for 40mils and then leave at J11a. take the A47 then the A419 signposted Swindle. Join the A436 then the A338. The ground is visible from the 338 but if you leave the A338 via the slip road which is signposted Kings Park/Football traffic. You will then reach a small roundabout at which you take the second exit into Kings Park Drive. The entrance to the ground is down this road on the left.
For the sat navvers: BH7 7AF
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The nearest train station is Pokesdown which is roughly a mile from the ground and is around a 15 minute walk away. However, most trains arrive at Bournemouth Central, which is around a half an hour walk to the ground.
What used to be known as Dean Court was renamed to the Goldsands in 2012 in a 2yr sponsorship deal. Dean Court was named after the Cooper-Dean family of Bournemouth, who granted the land to the football club in 1910. One of the stands had previously been used in the Wembley Exhibition of 1924. The ground's attendance record of 28,799 was set at an FA Cup match against Manchester United in 1957.The ground was completely rebuilt in 2001, with the pitch rotated ninety degrees from its original position. The stadium was also moved away from adjacent housing. Although it was rebuilt as a three sided stadium, seats were placed on the undeveloped south end in the autumn of 2005. The club sold the stadium in December 2005 in a sale-and-leaseback deal with London property company Structadene. In the 2010-2011 season many aspects of the ground were upgraded including adding a new temporary south stand, refurbished bar/restaurant and a new café bistro which replaced the old Cherry Tree pub. These works include lettering on the exterior of the stadium to promote the venue and Black Label events. Other works carried out were the installation of a 'Cherry Brick Road' where fans bought personalised bricks and the landscaping of the area outside the main stand and also the re-surfacing and landscaping of the car park. Several items were also included in the refurbishment of the ground including works to the club store and a new fashion store adjacent to it called ENZI. The club also opened a new gym in the east stand area of the ground which is used by players and the general public. Other additions included the large poster on the side of the north stand thanking people for their support and also a corporate brick wall in the main stand. In 2011-2012 the temporary south stand was removed due to lowered attendances however new plans were unveiled for a new official south stand to be built as well as training pitches and a spa hotel. Work was completed on the new training pitches and extension to the club shop. The stadium also houses Hot Radio which is being used as the club's official radio station.
During the summer of 2013 a 2,400 seat stand was built on the undeveloped end of the ground as a result of the club's promotion to the Championship. In July 2013 this stand was named after former club striker Ted MacDougall. The north stand facing is known as the Steve Fletcher stand.
We`ll be sat in the East stand, I expect the travelling to number around the 650 mark.Where To Drink
Stick to the town for pubs a plenty although the Sir Percy Florence in Boscombe and the Mello Mello bar next door both allow away fans in. Ale is on sale inside the ground.
Plod & Stewards
A relaxed clash of the seaside towns. Compare Saturday to next Tuesday and it won`t be more jolly than this.
Fear Factor Rating - 1
It`s been a dream start to the season. We`ve added to the squad and despite Bournemouths` home record we`ll be full of confidence. Ince has installed a belief in the team and it`s rubbing off on the fans. 5 games in, we`ve only just begun but here`s hoping come 5pm we`re able to enjoy the rest of the weekend by the sea.
Onwards + Upwards