Ground: Moor Lane
Location: Salford, Greater Manchester
My second new ground of 2020 was on Saturday 22nd February at Moor Lane in Salford, Greater Manchester. The game was Salford City vs. Colchester United in Football League Two.
Moor Lane is in a broadly residential area 2.5 miles north of Manchester city centre. The stadium is directly opposite Kersal Moor Nature Reserve to the north while backing onto housing to the west and south and a primary school to the east. The ground is 2 miles south-east of the nearest railway station at Clifton but only a half a mile further to the south is the better served Manchester Victoria station. The venue has been home to Salford City since 1978.
Moor Lane has been completely revamped to accommodate Salford's rapid rise through the football pyramid since its takeover. The original stadium had a capacity of just 1,600 which while adequate for 8th tier levels was not sufficient for the ambition of the new owners so during 2017 the ground was completely rebuilt to Football League standards. The revised capacity is 5,108 with 2,246 seats - the site is tightly packed in so there is little room for further expansion should the club's rise up the leagues continue so as a result a new home would be required in those circumstances.
The fully enclosed venue has all four stands at the same height though the North Stand could probably be considered the main stand. This all-seater stand has six rows of seating with hospitality boxes along the back of the middle half of the stand and has the club reception and other facilities. The eastern section of the stand is given over to away supporters who wish to sit rather than stand. The South Stand also has six rows of seating for its length but nothing at the back of the stand save a TV gantry in the middle. The two ends are both 12 level metal terraces with the western end given over to the nosiest home support and the eastern end to away supporters. The latter is easily able to be split into sections depending on the level of away support.
Result: Salford City 1-2 Colchester United
Division: Football League Two