Are you visiting the Gallagher Stadium for the first time? Here’s a handy guide to the home of Maidstone United.
Where is the Gallagher Stadium?
It’s situated on the edge of the town centre, alongside the River Medway – minutes from two motorway junctions and within easy walking distance of two mainline train stations and various bus stops.
I’ve heard stadium parking is limited. Where are the nearest car parks?
Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis (Unless advertised to the contrary). If the car park at Gallagher is full the nearest pay and display car parks are at Sandling Road (five minute walk), Maidstone East Train Station (seven minute walk) and Fremlin Walk (seven minute walk).
If you fancy a walk along the River Medway you can park at the Lockmeadow Centre on Barker Road (ME16 8LW). Cross Lockmeadow Millennium Bridge, pass All Saints Church and the Archbishops’ Palace, along the towpath to the Gallagher Stadium.
When do you play your matches?
The MUFC Women’s first team games are on Sundays (15:15 kick off).
The stadium is open seven days a week. There are under 18 matches some Tuesday evenings, National League Youth Alliance games some Wednesday afternoons, as well as youth on Sundays.
Also, follow @MUFCWomen on Twitter for up to date information.
How much are first team match tickets?
Our first team games are completely free of charge.
What time do the gates open?
There are usually youth games on before our first team games – as such the gates are usually open all day! We usually have access to the changing rooms from 1415.
The Spitfire Lounge is open as soon as the gates are. Come down early on Sunday to watch the live match from BT Sport/Sky Sports. If there isn’t a game on, chances are we’ll find a sport on another channel.
What’s within the ground?
As you come through the turnstile at the home end, you’ve got the club shop to your left and the Spitfire Lounge to your right.
The Spitfire Lounge is our matchday clubhouse. It opens at the same time as the turnstiles and before most matches, there will be a televised game on the big HD screen.
As well as our own Stones Lager, you’ll find draught Cinque, Fosters, Guinness, Spitfire Lager, Strongbow Dark Fruits and Whitstable Pale Ale. There’s also a great selection of bottled beer and cider, spirits, soft drinks, crisps and sweets. The lounge has ladies, gents and disabled toilets.
I’ve heard it’s a non-smoking ground?
That’s correct. E-cigarettes are not allowed either. As well as no smoking, we also ask people to refrain from chewing gum – it’s just to make sure the stadium stays looking its best and is not blighted by bits of chewing gum on the paths.
If I want to make a day of it, is there plenty to do?
There sure is. The Gallagher Stadium is minutes away from the town centre, where you’ll find more shops than there is at Bluewater. The ground is seconds away from the River Medway and the beautiful Whatman Park. Check out the following links:
What if I need help on the day?
We’re here to help. Look out for a steward who’ll be wearing a hi-vis jacket or vest – or see a member of matchday staff at one of the bars or the club shop. Alternatively, if you’re nearby someone in amber and black, chances are they’ll know the answer or can point you in the right direction of someone who will.