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Address: Kingfield Road,
Capacity: 6,036 (2,500 Seated)
A fairly practical football ground which is a lot more than just its tall all-seater stand to the south.
Currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Laithwaite Community Stadium, it has been the home of Woking Football Club since opening in June 1922.
The ground went through major renovation projects in the 1940s and the 1990s, with the latter including the construction of a large Main Stand to the south.
Further work has created the Kingfield Stadium that is in place today.
The ground was shared with Hayes and Yeading United between 2011 and 2014 whilst they waited for construction of a new stadium to call home.
Sheerwater Football Club made use of the Kingfield Stadium between 2018 and 2021 whilst their new leisure facility was being built in nearby Sheerwater.
Location and Getting There
The Kingfield Stadium name comes from the area of Woking it is based in, around one mile south of the Town Centre. Woking Leisure Centre is within 0.3 miles to the north, Millmoor Common is around 0.5 miles away to the southeast, and Westfield Common is around 0.8 miles away to the south.
Coming to Kingfield Stadium by car is certainly possible, but finding parking could be tricky.
There is no parking available for fans around the ground’s vicinity and the nearby streets have parking restrictions in place. You will likely have to travel a fair distance away to find free street parking, although the Woking Leisure Centre just north of Kingfield Stadium does offer free parking for up to three hours. Spaces here however are limited in number.
Woking Station, served by South Western Railway, is located near the Town Centre and walking here to the ground takes around 20 minutes.
The route heads southwest along Station Approach and eventually onto Guildford Road (A320). From there, continue south until the start of the start of Claremont Avenue on your left, heading south along this and then turning left onto Kingfield Road (A247). Kingfield Stadium will become visible on your right.
Outside the Ground
Following the route from Woking Station will bring you off Kingfield Road and up the access road which leads to the ground’s northwest corner.
The stadium’s western side is to the right of here, with its exterior housing a black perimeter fence in front large buildings that house the Cardinals’ Bar, Legends’ Bar, and the Main Entrance among other Club Offices.
Along the black perimeter fence are two small white buildings, one of which houses some of the turnstiles for this side of Kingfield Stadium, the other of which houses the Players, Directors and Officials Entrance. You can find a Programme Hub and the Woking Club Shop on the other side of these turnstiles.
A number of private car parking spaces are in place immediately outside the northwest corner.
Continuing round in a clockwise direction brings you to the North Stand, which is known as the Jewson Stand for sponsorship reasons, or otherwise the Kingfield Road End.
Possessing an exterior that consists of a concrete base and green corrugated iron higher up, there is little of note along this outer wall. A ladder is sometimes in place however that leads up to a platform atop the roof which holds a matchday camera.
The turnstiles for the Kingfield Road End are the same ones previously mentioned in the northwest corner.
Private car parking spaces are in place immediately outside the Kingfield Road End, and at the far end are large buildings which house the Woking Snooker Centre and the Woking Gymnastics Club.
The East Stand at Kingfield Stadium is named after Chris Lane, an entrepreneur who built a very popular tennis and health club in Woking during the 1980s. That health and tennis club is still in place behind the Chris Lane Terrace and is now owned by David Lloyd Leisure.
The club’s location means that it is not possible to walk right along the exterior of the terrace.
Turnstiles for it can be found in the ground’s northeast corner, at the far end of the Kingfield Road End’s exterior. It is for use by away fans on occasions when Kingfield Stadium is using segregation.
The South Stand at Kingfield Stadium is known as the Leslie Gosden Stand and towers over the rest of the football ground. A new three-year sponsorship deal was announced for the stand in May 2021.
Its exterior uses a sandy-coloured brickwork base with green corrugated iron higher up and a large supporting frame running along the top and down either side. The road running along outside the stand has a red footpath marked out next to it but is supposed to be for use by those at the David Lloyd Leisure Club rather than those at Kingfield Stadium.
You can find the turnstiles for the Leslie Gosden Stand in a sandy-coloured brick building a little away from the ground’s southwest corner, and these turnstiles can also be used by some fans based in one of the stands on the western side of the stadium.
The turnstile building is located off Westfield Avenue, and to reach it from the home turnstiles you will need to head up the stadium access road, back onto Kingfield Road (A247), head right and then turn right onto Westfield Avenue, continuing past the houses and parking spaces until you reach the turnstiles on your left.
Inside the Ground
The western side of Kingfield Stadium consists of three main sections.
The section nearest to the ground’s southwest corner is called the Moaners’ Corner. It consists of several rows of uncovered standing terrace which has rows of white metal bars running along the front and middle for fans to lean on.
The view from inside here is perfectly clear, but the only protection comes from the stand’s back wall and the smaller walls in place at either side.
The central section of the western side is the Main Stand. Old-looking in design, it is a single tier of covered seating that is elevated above ground and accessible via staircases down at the front. The stand is for use by directors, executives and press, with the stadium’s dugouts and tunnel down the front and the changing rooms housed inside.
Views from inside the elevated seating area are restricted by supporting pillars coming down regularly along the front, and there are no windshields in place at either end.
The third main section on the western side is the Family Stand. Open for use to home supporters, it is a single tier of backless benches that is slightly elevated above ground and accessible via small staircases down at the front.
There are supporting pillars in place along the front of the Family Stand, and your view is likely to be restricted from inside as a result. The clearest views will come from being on the front rows in the space between each pillar.
Windshields are not in place at either end so that visibility of the whole pitch can be possible.
The remaining space next to the ground’s northwest corner is a small, covered stand that is available for disabled supporters to use.
The Kingfield Road End consists of a single tier of standing terrace that has rows of white metal bars running along the front and middle for fans to lean on.
There are supporting pillars coming down regularly along the front of the stand, and these will likely restrict your view if you are stood behind or near them. Your clearest view is likely to come from being stood on the front row in the space between each pillar.
Windshields are in place at either end which provide a good level of protection to those stood inside.
The Chris Lane Terrace consists of a few rows of uncovered standing terrace with a row of white metal bars down at the front for fans to lean on. There is a toilet block in place at the far end of the terraced area, and a covered box housing the matchday camera can be seen atop the back wall.
Your view from anywhere inside the Chris Lane Terrace is certainly clear, but with no roof overhead your only protection from the elements will come from the stand’s back wall.
The Leslie Gosden Stand consists of a tall single tier of red seating which has the letters WFC spelt out in white across the central blocks. Down at the front of the stand, by both the southeast and southwest corners, are flat platforms for disabled supporters to use.
Your view from anywhere inside the Leslie Gosden Stand is perfectly clear because of the large supporting frame atop the roof.
There are no windshields in place at either end however, and that can leave those sat in here feeling quite exposed from the sides, especially those sat higher up towards the back.
Away fans are typically housed in the Chris Lane Terrace on the eastern side of the pitch.
This is a single tier of uncovered standing terrace that has a row of white metal bars running along the front for fans to lean on.
Views from here are certainly clear, but with no roof overhead your only protection is provided by the stand’s back wall. You will certainly feel the cold and the rain here if it is present.
Away fans are also given a section of the Leslie Gosden Stand to the south.
This is a single tier of seating and the away section is usually segregated from the rest of the stand by a large sheet or netting.
Views from inside here are perfectly clear and protected from overhead, but there is no windshield in place at the side and so it can feel quite open.
When away segregation is in use, away fans make use of the turnstiles in the ground’s northeast corner.
You can reach them by heading along the main access road off Kingfield Road and heading left. You will pass by the exterior of the Kingfield Road End and the away turnstiles can be found at the far end of here.
Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include:
-The Bars at Kingfield Stadium itself (Typically Away Supporters Welcome)
-The Crown and Anchor (High Street, GU22 9LN) (Typically Home and Away Supporters)
-The Herbert Wells (51-57 Chertsey Road, GU21 5AJ) (A JD Wetherspoon Pub, Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located near Woking Town Centre and Woking Station)
-The Junction Tap (43-47 Chertsey Road, GU21 5AJ) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located near Woking Town Centre and Woking Station)
-The Kingfield Arms (Kingfield Road, GU22 9EQ) (Home and Away Supporters)
-The Sovereigns (Guildford Road, GU22 7QQ) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located southwest of Woking Station)
Dominating by its large all-seater stand to the south, Kingfield Stadium offers a good mixture of standing and seating for home supporters. Its western side is particularly of note here for offering an uncovered terrace, covered directors seating section and a covered section of backless benches for home supporters.
With away fans given a mixture of uncovered terracing and covered seating, Kingfield Stadium certainly offers the better matchday experience to those in the home crowd.
Possessing decent accessibility and a train station within a mile, this is a football ground I would definitely recommend coming to check out first-hand.
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