Turf Moor is one of the oldest football grounds still in use in the United Kingdom, behind only Preston North End's ground, Deepdale and Sheffield United's Bramall Lane. The stadium has a capacity of just over 22,000 but due to the age, the Bob Lord and David Fishwick stands are complete with wooden seats and numerous pillars. The history inside the ground, such as the wooden seats, is quite incredible and it's most definately a ground worth visiting.
Visiting supporters are situated in at one end of the David Fishwick stand. Up to 2,100 away fans can be accommodated for league matches and can be found on the Bob Lord side of the stand. Views are un restricted and facilities are very good.
Turf Moor seating plan:
It would be a good idea to avoid any pubs on Yorkshire Street if you're an away fan as they are restricted to home fans only. However, round the back of the away stand there is an away friendly venue in the form of a cricket club where you can get your standard match day pint and pie without any bother.
There are plenty of large car parks in the local area including three recommended by the club situated on Brown St, Plumb St and Bancroft Avenue. You can also use the local cricket club although street parking is also available.
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The nearest / closest train stations to Burnley's Turf Moor Stadium are Burnley Central and Burnley Manchester Road. The two stations are situated in relatively close proximity to the stadium. Central is roughly a 20 minute walk away with Manchester Road being slightly closer, taking around 15 minutes.
There is a taxi rank at the train station or alternatively you can ring the following companies and pre-order taxis for your arrival: Ace Taxis: 01282 456350
Rivals - Blackburn Rovers, Preston, Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool
Travel: We left Dunfermline at 8.30am, stopped for half an hour for breakfast on the way. We arrived in Burnley at about 12.15pm. The town of Burnley itself was pretty busy but we made our way through and parked up at the cricket club for £7 just before 12.45pm.
Refreshments: Burnley Cricket Club is a fantastic venue for away fans. We could not have felt more welcome from the minute we arrived and chatted to the car park attendants. Initially, we sat down in the James Anderson Suite on the first floor (which to be honest was a little bit cold and soulless) but then we realised that there was another bar up another flight of stairs. It was fantastic. Very busy with probably more Southampton fans than Burnley fans, but well staffed up, pleasantly warm, nice views over the cricket ground (not that there was any cricket on!) and a balcony area if you wanted fresh air. We did not have any food but plenty of people did and it looked excellent. The home and away fans mixed well in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Impressions: What I would call a more traditional ground with four separate stands. The away end is slightly dated but had a nice concourse with big TVs screens. Southampton had one half of it and the Burnley 'choir' the other half which made for a good atmosphere. The stand which runs down what I would say was the south side of the ground to our right also looked a bit older, with two fairly new looking stands at the far end and along the touchline to our left.
Atmosphere: The first half was relatively quiet apart from Burnley being denied a stonewall penalty which certainly did not ingratiate the referee to the home fans! Southampton took a better grip of things after the break and deservedly took the lead. Burnley pressed hard for an equaliser and eventually got one from a penalty with virtually the last kick of the ball. I was gutted at the time, but 1-1 was probably a fair result, The stewards were very friendly and welcoming.
Exit: There was a bit of a queue waiting to leave the cricket club so we decided to go back into the bar for an hour to let things clear. Again it was very busy. There were more Burnley fans than Saints fans by this time but again a very pleasant atmosphere. We headed off just before 6pm, stopped for a quick burger half way up the M6 and got home to Dunfermline just after 10pm.
Enjoy: We had a great day. I would strongly recommend any away fan to go to the cricket club before or after the game. They really have got it right and it is immediately beside the away stand (although you do have to walk right around the cricket ground to get in but it only took just over five minutes. Also, Turf Moor itself was a very welcoming ground to go to. I would definitely plan to return.
Ground Name: Turf Moor
Capacity: 22,546 (all seated)
Address: Harry Potts Way, Burnley, BB10 4BX
Main Tel No.: 0871 443 1882
Team Nickname: The Clarets
Year Ground Opened: 1883
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