Gander Green Lane, officially known as the Borough Sports Ground, is a football stadium in Sutton, south London, and the home ground of Sutton United. The record attendance for Gander Green Lane is 14,000 when Sutton United lost 6–0 to Leeds United in the fourth round of the 1969–70 FA Cup.
After groundhopping for the first few years after their formation, Sutton United moved to Gander Green Lane permanently after the First World War, and have remained there ever since. After Sutton United won promotion into the football league in 2021, Football league playing surface regulations meant they had to replace the 3G surface with grass. During the 2021/22 pre season the club installed a hybrid grass "PowerGrass" pitch.
The stadium itself is a simple affair, with a single tiered, all seated Main Stand which runs half the length of one side of the pitch. The seats in this stand are blue and red, which do not match the club colours. This is because they were donated by Chelsea FC during the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge. The other three sides of the ground are small covered terraces, with some open terracing in the corners.
The Grandstand, located on one side of the pitch, was opened in 1951. This simple single tiered all seated Main Stand has a capacity of 765 seats and is covered. It does though have a row of supporting pillars located along its front. The stand runs for around half the length of the pitch but is situated off centre, in comparison to the halfway line. The team dugouts are also situated at the front of this stand.
Opposite on the railway side of the ground is a small covered terrace, called the Recreational or Rec Terrace, that has a box-like structure on its roof, which is used for television cameras. The terrace itself is set well back from the pitch. Both ends have small covered terraces, which are similar in design. In-between one of these terraces and the Rec Terrace is a small separate portion of terracing, which is nicknamed the ‘Shoe Box’ by the local fans.
On the rare occasion that segregation is in force, then away fans are mostly housed in the Collingwood Road End. This modern terrace is covered, meaning that not only is there some shelter from the elements, but also that fans can more easily generate some noise. To gain entrance to this stand then you need to walk through the park alongside the ground.
In addition, a small number of seats are made available in the Main Stand. Although this stand is raised above pitch level it is set back a bit from the playing action. However, there are a number of supporting pillars running across the front of the stand that could impede your view.
The pub options in the town centre are numerous if somewhat bland, being largely pubco-owned efforts that undergo the relevant re-brand every five years or so, to paper over their respective cracks. There is a Wetherspoons called the Moon on the Hill, doing exactly what it says on the tin, an ‘All Bar One’ and a handful of other options clustered at the top of the High Street all within five minutes walk of Sutton railway station.
Behind the Grandstand there is a Social Club, which welcomes away fans and normally has real ale available. Also, around a ten minute walk away at the traffic lights on the main A217 is the Gander pub.
One of the better options may be to try ‘The Old Bank’ immediately to the right of Sutton station as you exit. There should be something to cater for most tastes and all the usual High Street restaurant chains are also present.
There is a small car park at the stadium but this is for permit holders only. On street parking is available on side streets surrounding the stadium, although some parking restrictions are in place. Alternatively there are car parks in the Town Centre around 10 minutes walk from Borough Sports Ground.
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