Highbury Stadium has been the home of Fleetwood Town for almost 70 years now.
The first game took place in September 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, which meant the second game at the ground was some seven years later as all football was immediately suspended.
Between 1948 and 1952 Highbury was also used for Speedway with Fleetwood Flyers riding in Division Two of the National Speedway league.
Remnants of the track where still visible until recently as the old Main Stand and Scratching Shed were set back from the pitch by a large gap.
The ground has undergone a major transformation in recent years following a Stadium Development Plan to bring it up to Football League standard.
After the construction of the Percy Ronson Stand at the South end in 2007, two new stands were built for the club’s inaugural Conference North campaign in 2008 – the Highbury Stand on the West side and the Memorial Stand at the North end, named in honour of those who have lost their lives in service and the trawlermen lost at sea from the port of Fleetwood.
Phase Two, the construction of the new East Stand, was originally scheduled to begin during the close season in 2009, but was postponed by a year and the plans revised.
It was worth the wait though as on Saturday 16th April 2011 the flagship Parkside Stand was opened to the public. At a cost of £4.5 million, the state-of-the-art building seats 2,000 spectators – bringing the overall capacity up to 5,500 – and features a large hospitality suite and seven executive boxes.
Until the current redevelopment programme, the pre-war facilities were unable to deliver many of the modern amenities needed to match the aspirations of a football club who have enjoyed unprecedented success on the field in recent years.
Now Highbury Stadium is a destination where supporters can enjoy a first class match day experience.
Fleetwood is on the Fylde Coast, a few miles from Blackpool on Lancashire’s coastline. The stadium is located on Highbury Avenue in the port.
Address: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6TX.
Official Certified Capacity – 5094
Percy Ronson – 621
Flat Standing area (left of Percy Ronson) – 144
Flat Standin area (in front of Highbury Social Club) – 210
Highbury Stand – 618 (includes 8 disabled bays and 8 helper seats)
Memorial Stand – 1447
Parkside Stand (Balcony) – 213
Parkside Stand – 1841 (includes 20 press seats, and 40 directors seats)
Additional photos of the stadium are shown below. Click the thumbnails for a larger image.