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AddressThe Borough Sports Ground
Gander Green Lane, Sutton
Surrey
SM1 2EY
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Sutton United moved into The Borough Sports Ground (Gander Green Lane) in the 1912/1913 season (It was called the Adult School Sports Ground at the time), although were only there for a year before moving to a field in Grove Road called The Find.

Sutton's first match at Gander Green Lane was against Guards Depot in the English Cup (FA Cup) and it finished one goal each. A crowd of over 800 watched the first league match at the ground, against Redhill, Sutton winning 1-0.

Sutton moved back into Gander Green Lane after World War I and the first post-war match was played against Page Green Old Boys on 30th August 1919 with around 400 people watching Sutton win 4-1.

In the 1950/1951 season plans had been drawn up for building a new grandstand, at an estimate cost of £3,000. The Grounds Improvements Committee had been busy during the year and had gained the use of the land neighbouring the railway, on which a car park had been constructed. Using railway sleepers, construction of a new terrace was also well advanced.

The Borough Council put up £1,200 as part of the Coronation celebrations on condition that construction of the stand was finished on schedule. A considerable saving was achieved through volunteer labour, notably digging three dozen holes, each 6 ft deep and 4 ft square, all filled with concrete.

Architects' plans for the completion of the new grandstand by constructing full accommodation below were examined, at a cost of £10,000 for the work. The local Council agreed to provide a loan to enable the costs to be met.

In the January of the 1962/1963 season the club was invited to join the Isthmian League and £5,000 was spent on new floodlights.

The summer after the championship winning season of 1985/1986 a group of volunteer supporters cleared away the wooden sleepers behind the goal at the Collingwood Road end of the ground, to allow a new concrete terrace to be constructed. Next, the perimeter fence and main stand were painted before the changing rooms were redecorated.

In late February of the 1996/1997 season construction work started on the Securicor terrace and was completed in late March. Supporters were asked to help meet the costs of the work through a scheme called "Buy A Brick", and the list of contributors is preserved in a plaque attached to the back of the structure. "Buy A Brick" raised in excess of £7,000.

In the summer of 2000/2001 new floodlights were installed at the ground. There have also been other small changes to the ground over the past few years, like a new tea hut for Rose was put in at the same time as the floodlights. The club shop moved from it's location next door to the refreshments hunt next to the stand to a porta cabin next to the Securicor terrace because it out grew it's old building. There was also a new drainage system put in during the same time as the new floodlights and other little things here and there to keep the ground in shape.

The club continues to improve the facilities at Gander Green Lane and have plans to square off the Collingwood Road End of the ground but currently do not have the funds to do this, and also other small improvements to make sure the ground keeps it's safety certificate and ground grading.

The record attendance for Gander Green Lane is 14,000 and was set when Sutton United played Leeds United in the FA Cup in the 1969/1970 season.

The current capacity of the ground stands at 7,032 and the grandstand seats 765 and their is cover for 1250 fans.


Parking
There are about 200 parking spaces in the car park behind the grandstand and lots of roads around Gander Green Lane to park.

Admission
It is £9 for adults, £5 for senior citizens, £3 for juniors, with a £1 stand transfer charge in all cases and the matchday programme costs £2.

Social Club
Our bar is a members' club, other than on match days all persons drinking in the club must, by law, be members of the Stadium Club (unless it is a private hiring). Membership costs £1 per year. Members also get priority for social events e.g. Christmas and New Year's parties. To join the social club ask behind the bar for more details.

directions
By Car Travel along the M25 to junction 8. Then north on the A217 for about 15-20 minutes. Ignoring signs for Sutton itself, stay on the A217 to the traffic lights by the Gander Inn (on the left), turn right into Gander Green Lane. The Borough Sports Ground is about 200 yards up this road on the left hand side, if you reach West Sutton station you have gone too far. By Rail West Sutton railway Station is adjacent to the ground. It is served by Thameslink trains via Wimbledon or Sutton. Come out of West Sutton station and turn right into Gander Green Lane and the ground is about 100 yards further along. By Bus The 413 hoppa service runs past the ground down Gander Green lane. The bus will stop on request anywhere in Gander Green Lane. The bus leaves Sutton Town centre from outside the main post office. The 80 route from Hackbridge to Belmont runs down Collingwood Road. The ground can be reached by taking the path through Collingwood Rec. Buses cost £1.20 for adults and 40p for children. All children under 11 travel free.

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