Home of Bedford Town FC

Opened 1993

Capacity 3,000

Rating: 4.3

(183) Google Reviews

Great place, great set up, I live in Brampton not to far away and just go to the games when I’m free with my dog ozzy. We love it here great time great people and the football is pure football no thrills. Played the way it should be.
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2 months ago
I was in attendance at Bedford Town v Barnet yesterday, and really enjoyed my first visit to The New Eyrie. I must say, I was impressed with the structure of the ground. Especially with how great the seated stands and terraces were. No matter where you sit/stand, the perspective is fantastic and the surroundings of trees certainly enhances the scenery. The facilities at The New Eyrie were brilliant, in particular the bar. I was very impressive as to how there were plenty of old & recent matchday programmes to buy at the shop. To those who collect football memorabilia, this is the ideal club to groundhop at- if you are an avid programme collector! Conveniently, there are parking spaces available for a pound at the stadium car park. Best to arrive early to avoid any disappointment. Groundhoppers, if you plan to tick The New Eyrie off your list- then you do certainly have a choice of watching either Bedford Town or Biggleswade FC. My visit was memorable, predominantly due to my beloved Barnet winning 4-0 (regardless if it was a Pre-Season Friendly) and overall having enjoyed the groundhop experience!
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a year ago
Great venue for a remembrance service for a dear friend who sadly passed.
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2 months ago
Decent ground with a bit of character
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a year ago
We have had two childrens partys in the family at this venue in the last few weeks and they are amazing. The staff cannot do enough for you. Great space for our bouncy castle and soft play, and also held 150 people. Highly recommended for all functions.
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a year ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

The original Bedford Town played at London Road in 1886, before playing most of its matches at Bedford Park between 1887 and 1890.[2] They then moved to a ground located off London Road.[2]

After being reformed in 1908, the club started playing at a site off London Road, before moving to the 
Queens Park football ground in Queens Park during October.[10] The pitch was originally between Havelock Street and Lawrence Street, before they moved to one at the end of Nelson Street.[10] There were initially no spectator facilities, with duckboards only put down in November 1911.[10] During World War I the ground was used by the Army, and it was still in use in 1919 when the club started playing again. As a result, they played on the playing fields of County School until being able to return to Queens Park in December 1919.[10]

The club started to develop the ground in the 1920s, with banking created and a new 300-seat stand installed on the western side of the ground in 1922 at a cost of £250.
[10] With the extension of the roof, the seating capacity was later increased to about 400.[10] However, players still changed in the nearby Horse and Groom pub. A covered terrace was installed in 1930 and dressing rooms built the following year.[10] Another covered stand was installed at the Ford End Road end of the ground in 1935, which was replaced by a more modern stand in 1953.[10] The capacity had reached at least 6,000, and a new record attendance of 5,667 was set for the FA Cup match against Dartford in 1934–35.[10] The roof of the stand built in 1930 was destroyed in late 1938 and was replaced by the start of the 1939–40 season.[10] Further ground developments in the 1950s raised the capacity to 18,500,[11] with the record attendance of 18,407 set for an FA Cup game against Everton in 1965–66.[4]

In 1982 the club's lease on Queens Park was terminated and after a proposed new ground in the Barkers Lane area failed to come to fruition, the club folded.
[9] When the club re-formed in 1989, they initially played on public pitches in Queens Park, before finding a site in Cardington to build a new ground. The New Eyrie opened on 6 August 1993 with a friendly match against Peterborough United attracting what remains the ground's record attendance of 3,000.[9][12] It has a capacity of 3,000, of which 300 is seated and 1,000 covered.[12] The ground is located next to McMullen Park, the home ground of local rivals Bedford.

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