Home of St Albans City FC

Opened 1894

Capacity 5,007

Rating: 4.2

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I attended St Albans City FC v Concord Rangers FC at Clarence Park recently. Very easy to get to via public transport, in particular the 84 bus route. Another advantage of the location is being an 7-10 minutes walk from the town centre. When I arrived at Clarence Park, I was truly amazed to see a football ground being located in a park and how enjoyable it was to spend some time admiring the park before going inside prior to kick-off. Upon my arrival I was greeted by some very friendly volunteers who made me feel welcome and was very delighted to have bought a matchday programme & pin badge, after I went through the turnstile and took a walk around the ground. I loved how the ground has an old fashioned structure with terraces and a seated stand behind the dugouts. It was a real shame St Albans City lost 1-0 as their keeper saved a penalty in the first half, and the support from their fans was outstanding. It really is a joy to see how much it means for people from the area to support their local team and the huge sense of togetherness within the club. I will always treasure the groundhopping experience at Clarence Park, as it was my 50th ground and met some really nice people on the day who kindly pointed me in which directions to get the bus from. I hope to be back at Clarence Park very soon, hopefully in pre-season if St Albans play against my beloved Barnet FC!
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a year ago
Proper non league ground👌. Superb terracing gives you a great elevated view. The old stand is excellent with wooden benches right at the back. My only moan would be the adult entrance price of £15. Too much in my opinion, but as a positive can be reduced by buying a family ticket therefore encouraging children to come along. Second visit, the pricing still isn’t quite right. £16.50 for an adult is still too dear. But I have to say the volunteers are fantastically friendly from the minute you arrive. The lady in the club shop was brilliant in helping me get a badge and programme. The stewards were brilliant, the best this season. Good humoured, friendly and let us bend a few rules but we were all well behaved really. Would highly recommend a visit.
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a year ago
Really nice ground, set in a beautiful park. Seating area in great condition and well maintained. Pitch, like velvet. Local beer on site too, which I find very appealing. Overall great experience.
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4 months ago
Great win v Dover Athletic. Loved that the fans swap ends at half time too.
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in the last week
A lovely clean little ground and friendly staff. A good crowd of 2601 at the friendly with Arsenal, which created a great atmosphere - enjoyed by many families, young and old. Right next to Clarence Park which is very nice and has a great play area for kids to use before watching the match. Highly recommended 👍
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8 months ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

The park was laid out in early 1894, and comprises a 16-acre (65,000 m2) municipal sports ground and a 9-acre (36,000 m2) public park and pleasure ground. The benefactor, Sir John Maple, the owner of Maple's furniture store in Tottenham Court Road and who lived at nearby Childwickbury, donated the land and paid for the laying out, the planting and the construction of the buildings; the layout of the park itself was designed by the City Surveyor, Mr G. Ford. A striking water fountain, which can still be seen today, was donated by Lady Maple.

The park was opened on 23 July 1894 by the 
Duke of Cambridge, a member of the Royal family, and the event was accompanied by great celebrations in the city of St Albans.[1]

The sports ground hosts cricket, hockey, bowls and croquet and is also the home of 
St Albans City Football Club.

The public park includes large grass areas used for sun bathing and games during summer, a bandstand, a children's play-park and a café. The public park is also used as the site of some of the human "Peopletown" skits on 
Disney Channel's preschool series Bunnytown.

Football ground[edit]

Clarence Park is the home ground of St Albans City FC and it has been since their formation in 1908. It was used by St Albans FC and St Albans Amateurs FC prior to the formation of St Albans City.[1] On 22 September 1894, the first football match at Clarence Park took place.[1]

In the 
1992-93 season, St Albans City finished as runners-up in the Isthmian League but were denied promotion due a low ground grading as a result of a diseased oak tree within one of the terraces.[2]

Things to do in St Albans.

Ye Old Fighting Cocks.

40 Reviews
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I'm a silly yank, but even I knew a top notch place when I found it! Awesome ambiance, seems quiet old. Dinklage was not there. Read More

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Stopped in to have a half pint at the oldest pub in England !! I'd missed dinner by a bit. They close early on Sunday so the kitchen gets a cleaning.... Read More

Cock Inn.

15 Reviews
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Popular city centre pub with a few ales on tap and a good sized though enclosed beer garden. Read More

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Have been coming here since 2011 and it's nice to come back to St. Albans and still find that some things haven't changed. Great food. Friendly service. We... Read More

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Came here for a long awaited Sunday roast. Foolishly, just a few weeks prior we had rocked up without a reservation, and the only table available was on... Read More