Nethermoor Park - Guiseley AFC Ground Guide

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
There's a small railway station on the Leeds/Bradford Forster Square line within easy walking distance. Simply head out towards the Otley Road take the sharp right up to the ground. When driving from the east, get on the M621 from the M62 and follow the signs to the airport from J1. From the west, take the M606 from the M62 to the Bratfud ring road and follow the signs to the airport again. From the northeast you're probably going to get on the A59 then A658 from the A1. Having followed the Leeds-Bradford airport signs you follow the Guiseley/Yeadon signs which crop up later.
The ground's on the main road through the town, Otley Road, and next to a cricket club.

If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
The Otley Road is choc-a whatever time you're on it, and the surrounding housing is swarming with NIMBYs who have been making a lot of complaints over matchday parking. Park early or down a side-road from distance. I'd go to a pub like the Station and use the patrons' car park there in exchange for a pint.

Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
Very poor for views at Guiseley really, which will hopefully improve when they attain the minimum requirements for ground grading at Conference level. You have two small modern stands on one touchline which must be the best positions. There are two tiny terraces set in on the clubhouse side, which are shallow and have obstructed views, namely due to the dugouts and stanchions. Then both goal ends are hard standing. Your best bet when standing is to get a spot on the perimeter rails, which is a nice enough novelty at Guiseley's current level.

How Were The Stewards on The Day?
The ones last week behaved sensibly and chuntered above the ambiance about watching the Foo Fighters in Milton Keynes for the entire game.

If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
Standard deathly football fayre of greasy red meat and chips. Don't.

How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
To give Guiseley credit they've finally learnt a few songs. But with it being such an open ground, everything vanishes into the air.

How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
Well, the chip shop they're famous for closed down. I'm not sure what else resides in Guiseley and the environs. I guess you can go on a jaunt to Ilkley several miles away. It's pleasant enough but appears to be a small satellite town for families. The Station pub is catch-all but does a good pint and is popular with fans. Coopers, the old cooperative down the road, is supposed to be OK but Wetherspoons-y. There's also a WMC that apparently does a good pint but I think it's members-only.

Overall Score Out of 10?
There are almost always some good talking points at Guiseley with it being a local fixture for the Shaymen, and the games are often well fought and feisty. But the whole level and glamour of it makes us really crave for local derbies at York and Rochdale. In all honesty, new visitors don't have a "classic" away day on their hands. 4/10.
 

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It's best to head for the Netherfield Road side of the ground for parking (LS20 9DN). There's a free car park just across the railway tracks which you can get in if you arrive up to about half an hour before kick off, and you can usually find parking on Netherfied Road itself if the car park is full. There's a railway bridge by the car park which drops you right next to the away turnstiles.

The ground has been upgraded a little since the original report and there are now a few steps of terracing at each end with barriers to lean on and an electronic scoreboard at the Railway End which no one seems to have worked out how to use yet. Only the big games are segregated. The ground is located on the side of the Chevin hill, and it gets bloody cold in winter especially when the wind gets up. You'll never be as glad you took your scarf with you.
 

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