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Reckless Guide to Dartford

26 November 2013

THE RECKLESS GUIDE TO
DARTFORD
Skrill Premier League
Tuesday 26th November 2013
Kick Off 7.45 pm

Stadium: Princes Park, Grassbanks, Darenth Rd, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1RT
Telephone: 01322 299990
Club Colours: White & Black
Nickname: The Darts
Official Website:www.dartfordfc.co.uk

Key Personnel
Manager at Princes Park is  Darts legend Tony Burman. Having played over 300 games for the club this is his second spell as Manager.

Brief Directions by Road
The M25 and the Dartford Crossing leave the motorway at Junction 1b and take the left hand slip road signposed A225 Dartford. At the roundabout at the end of the slip road above the motorway turn right keeping on the A225 towards Dartford. Go straight across the next roundabout and at the next set of traffic lights turn left into Darenth Road. Take the second left into Grassbanks for the stadium.

Car Parking:
There is a car park at the ground which fills up early but street parking is plentiful.

Directions by Train:
Served by Charing Cross, Dartford station is a mile away from the stadium and a straight forward 20 minute walk without detours!. The Fastrack B bus runs every 10 minutes from outside the station to Bluewater Shopping centre but passes the ground and will cost a £1.00 one way. A made for sharing taxi is about £5.00.


Supporters Coaches:
Barnet Football Club will be running a coach to every way first team game this season. The 2013/14 Travel Club is now open for fans to join by a monthly fee system or one off individual booking.
Monthly Travel Club Memberships cost £38 for Adults, £30 for Concessions & Juniors and just £20 for Under-10s.
As a member of the Bees Travel Club, the club guarantee your seat on every trip of the season. All the coaches are stewarded and will depart from The Hive and return to The Hive immediately after the match.
For further information on the Bees Travel Club, please call the ticket office on 020 8381 3800 and select option two or visit The Hive in person.

Eating and Drinking Locally:
Choice of two bars at the ground both allow visiting fans.
The nearest pub to the ground is the Ivy Leaf found on Darenth Road – be aware that this establishment doesn't open very early. It is a five minute walk away. Another option is  the Malt Shovel which is further along Darenth Road on the left. Both serve bar food and reals ales for you enthusiasts.

Ground Description
The ground opened in November 2006 is quite extraordinary as the well read amongst you will know it is has been described as one of the most ecologically ever built. Solar panels, water re-cycling, vegetation covered roof blankets, low energy lighting etc. From a spectator point of view it has a capacity of 4,000 with a small main stand. The remaining three sides are covered terracing. We will be allocated the Car Park End. A rather bland name bearing in mind the amount of effort put into creating the stadium!

Admission Prices:
Adults £15.00 - Concessions £8.00 Under 12's £3.00

Previous Meetings and Memories:
We have met may times in the Southern League days but my one outstanding memory is FA Trophy 4th round 1972, waterlogged pitch, Paddy Powell, Barry King and Les Eason at their very best in a 2-0 win. We went to Wembley that season!

Celebrity watch:
Dartford is renown for the ultimate rock superstars as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were born here.  Names from my TV youth include, Brian Cant of Trumpton and Camberwick Green fame and Peter Glaze from Crackerjack who both lived locally.

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