The ProKit UK Stadium (Woodside Park) has only been the home of Bishop’s Stortford since 1999 with the club residing in various different venues in the eighteen months prior to its opening including Boreham Wood, Dagenham and Redbridge, St. Albans City, Ware and Hitchin Town. The first game at the new ground was a pre-season meeting with Norwich City on July 17th.
Before the move to the 4,000 capacity Woodside Park the Bishops were at the Laundry Field from their early beginnings until 1919 and then the George Wilson Stadium until the eventual move to their current location. The stadium is situated right next to Stansted Airport (some Cobblers fans joking that it gives Aidy Boothroyd a quick exit plan if we lose!) and also near to the M11 services.
There are covered terraces at both ends of the pitch with the main Brian Bayford stand to one side which holds 300 supporters, press facilities and a directors’ box. A club house is situated on site and is open to all supporters while there is also a food stand just outside the main stand. There is space for 150 cars at the stadium with more parking available nearby. The ground is a twenty minute walk from the town centre and from Bishop’s Stortford train station (taxis available from outside the station).
Tickets are on sale as we speak for Cobblers fans with ALL seats sold out and only around 200 terrace tickets remaining at the end of the day on Tuesday. They remain on sale to members and season ticket holders today before any remaining are released on general sale tomorrow.
More FA Cup build up…
Big movements into Sixfields this afternoon as Jacob Blyth arrives back on a second loan spell up to the middle of December. Blyth scored three times in eight games earlier in the season before injury cut short his initial deal but comes back in at just the right time with Town lacking any real presence up front.
Also coming in is midfielder Ricky Ravenhill on loan from Bradford City. The battling midfielder has struggled to break into the Bantams’ side this season but has plenty of experience in the lower leagues. We certainly need more people to grab hold of a game and scrap it out with the best of them and Ravenhill fits the bill, for the short term at least. Ravenhill played for the final three minutes from the bench in last season’s playoff final against the Cobblers.
Both Blyth and Ravenhill have been cleared to play at Bishop’s Stortford.
Elsewhere, loanee Stuart Dallas has extended his deal up to January with the winger still waiting to hear whether he and fellow Brentford man Luke Norris will be cleared to play on Sunday by their parent club. Kane Ferdinand has already received the green light from Peterborough United to take part on Sunday and if Dallas and Norris are also able to play that could mean we start with FIVE loan players at Woodside Park!
Bishop’s Stortford fans have been snapping up tickets at a strong pace over the last couple of days with 1,500 sold at close of play on Tuesday. As an indicator, Saturday’s home game with Tonbridge Angels attracted 573.
The Blues have also been bringing in new signings this week – Tommy Fletcher has signed on loan from Wycombe Wanderers and Manny Sackay has resigned with the club.