Ground: Turnbull Ground
Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire
My thirty-sixth new ground of 2017 was on Tuesday 26th December at the Turnbull Ground in Whitby, North Yorkshire. The match was Whitby Town vs. Farsley Celtic in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.
The Turnbull Ground is located in the north of the town just a street away from the promenade and the slope down towards the North Sea. It is in a predominantly residential area with housing surrounding the grounds on the northern, eastern and southern ends. On the western side the club are neighbours to Whitby Cricket Club. The venue is three-quarters of a mile north-west of the poorly served Whitby railway station and has been home to the club since 1929.
The ground is dominated by a 505-seat stand on the western side of the ground. This is a little over a decade old with the seating section elevated above the pitch and the interior of the stand underneath this. The positioning of the stand allows a narrow flat concrete standing area to be retained in front of it. The stand straddles the half-way line and to the south of it is a snack bar, the entrance turnstiles and a club building with the players dressing rooms. Adjacent to the north of the stand is an uncovered concrete terrace. Behind the ground outside the main entrance is a small car park and a clubhouse containing a bar.
There is a covered six row concrete terrace for around half the length of the eastern side of the Turnbull Ground. The two dugouts sit in front of the stand with the rest of the eastern section taken up by uncovered concrete standing. The northern and southern areas are fairly narrow due to the housing bordering both ends of the complex so there is only room for uncovered hard standing behind the goals. Due to the proximity of the residential areas there is netting the whole way along these ends to prevent balls hitting houses.
Result: Whitby Town 0-2 Farsley Celtic
Division: Northern Premier League Premier Division