15/4/22 Tonbridge Angels 0-1 Slough Town, National League South. Adult £15, Programme £3, Pin badge £3. An instant favourite non league ground. This was my first visit. The ground is in a complex so there is plenty of parking. The welcome from the Tonbridge volunteers was exemplary. A steward greeted us and told us where all the important things were such as the bars/toilets/food huts and was happy to chat about how the season was going. The ground itself has plenty of room. There are big terrace steps behind each goal which are covered. There is a covered seated stand running the length of one side and opposite that it’s all standing, not terraced and open to the elements. There is a small stand that is for the press and media. I would highly recommend a visit. They are friendly and very welcoming and I look forward to visiting again next season.
I visited Tonbridge Angels at their ground, having initially watched the 1st Men's Team play away at Dartford. The Angel's ground is leased from the local authority. The buildings reflect the history of the club, with at least one of the stands having been moved from the original ground.
Some structures look a little 'cattle market ' whereas others are clearly more modern. One side of the ground does seem a mishmash of different construction. Socially, the hub of the ground is the spacious marquee which has a bar, seating and a stage. The pitch itself is artificial.
The traditional pie,burgers, and chips are available from providers within the ground. There is a good covered seating area along one side of the pitch.
On arrival, parking is free and there seems to be plenty of space. The ground is situated to the north east of Tonbridge. It would be a longish walk from the train station therefore jumping in a taxi might be preferable. The ground had a relaxed atmosphere and was welcoming. The vibrancy comes from a small group of younger supporters complete with a drum.
Addition (Jan 2024). Since my initial review above, I have become one of the community owners, met the CEO, met some of the players and feel very much at home.
If you are visiting from another club supporting the away team, from what I have seen you will have a warm welcome and be able to move around the entire ground and sit in any of the social areas. I noticed that after the game both sets of supporters head for the marguee, and we're joined by players from both teams. It felt more like a rugby club than a football venue.
The club is community owned by around 300 people, and run by owner appointed directors. The club has affiliated youth teams and an active social program.
Very nice ground, very reasonable prices on food and drink. Loads of parking to. The ground has got very good potential to. Just a shame they charge £1 extra to sit in the main stand. Looking forward to returning in March.
The Longmead Stadium was built in 1980 by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council after they had decided to redevelop Tonbridge Angels' Angel Ground in 1977 into a shopping centre. Tonbridge Angels were against the plans to evict them and demolish the Angel Ground and so took out a legal challenge against the plans. Three years later, the High Court ruled in favour of the borough council however, the council offered Tonbridge Angels the Longmead Stadium as replacement compensation after a series of negotiations. One of the stands at the Longmead Stadium was named "The Jack Maddams Stand" after a former Tonbridge Angels striker who had died. In 2008, the Longmead Stadium hosted a charity match between an Alan Rodgers select XI and an All stars team that was captained by former Tottenham Hotspur player, Gary Stevens as well as Andy Townsend and Jason Cundy.