10 Jan 2022 by John Edwards

All you need to know if you're attending Tuesday night's big match!

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Altrincham co-chairman Bill Waterson writes:

We are now less than 24 hours away from the eagerly anticipated rearranged Vanarama National League fixture at The J. Davidson Stadium as Altrincham host our near-neighbours Stockport County.

The capacity for the game on Tuesday evening has been set at 3,900, and we are very likely to sell out.  The game is all-ticket, and no tickets will be available for sale on the night.

All parts of the stadium are open, after the completion in December of last year's required ground works, and all turnstiles will be open, from 6.30pm, ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off. Given the size of the crowd, our biggest league gate for many years, we ask you all to get to the ground as early as you can.

Stockport County fans have been allocated the Family Stand, the Chequers End and the right-hand end of the Popular Side terrace.

Altrincham fans will occupy the remainder of the Popular Side, the Golf Road End, the standing area in front of the Community Sport Hall and the Main Stand.

In addition, Altrincham fans will be able to move around all parts of the ground allocated to home spectators, but there are still some restrictions on where people can stand.

In particular, the area in the corner between the CSH standing area and the Golf Road (where Dawn’s food and drinks kiosk is situated) is a no-standing area. Also, please note, spectators are not allowed to stand by the pitch perimeter fence.

Access to the ground for Stockport supporters will be through turnstiles 1-4, with home fans entering through turnstiles 5 and 6, to the right of the Main Stand, 7-10 at the top of the Golf Road, nearest to Moss Lane, and 11-13 at the bottom of the Golf Road.

Hospitality and access to the Sponsors' Lounge will be through Gate 4, to the right of the Main Stand.  Our Sponsors' Lounge guests will sit in the Main Stand for this game, and a part of the stand will be reserved for them.

Normal practice, with sponsors accommodated in the Family Stand, will resume for the Torquay game later in the month.

Whilst queuing to enter the ground, please avoid standing or walking in the surrounding roads. If there is a queue outside your turnstile, we politely request you stand in line safely on the pavement. We would like to remind all attendees that under-12s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

On entry to the stadium, please expect to be searched by a member of the stewarding team, who will use a handheld metal detector. With the heightened terror threat, this is now standard procedure. We suggest you avoid bringing any bags into the stadium, but if you choose to do so, expect to have it searched.

There are still a couple of areas of the ground cordoned off by scaffolding and netting. Please stay clear of these areas – remedial works are still going on in these places.

Food and drink will be available as soon as turnstiles open, and programmes, priced at £3, will be available for cash purchase just inside each point of entry.

Programmes will also be on sale from the snack kiosks, and they can be paid for there by card or cash.

As is standard practice in the top division of the National League, drinking alcohol is not permitted in view of the pitch. We cordially invite everybody to purchase beverages in the Community Sports Hall, but please refrain from attempting to take them out on to the terraces.

The rapport between the new stewarding teams and the fans is building as they get used to us and we acclimatise ourselves to the new processes and procedures.

Thank you for your patience and for the progress we have made. The Wrexham game passed off even more smoothly than we could have hoped for - let’s make sure the same applies to this fixture, too.

The night’s designated charity is the Christie Hospital – please give generously.

And remember: 

  • All turnstiles are open; away fans at Chequers, adjacent section of Pop Side and Family Stand - home fans all other areas.  
  • Get to the ground early.
  • Queue on the pavements and not in the road.
  • Avoid bringing large bags.
  • Prepare to be searched on entry to the ground.
  • No under-12s allowed without adult supervision.
  • Do not stand in restricted areas or those areas netted off.
  • Food, drink and programmes available, with turnstiles opening at 6.30pm.
  • Do not attempt to drink alcohol in sight of the pitch.
  • Treat the stewards with respect.
  • Enjoy the game.

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