The 22/23 season is coming round fast and in today's post I will be listing my top 10 new non-league rounds I want to tick off in the new season. This will be the my first official post of the 22/23 season as I've taken a week long break. Enjoy!
10) Solihull Moors - ARMCO Arena
This is one I've been wanting to go to for a while. This ground is a classic and I think it will be very well suited to League football. Heartbreak for the Solihull Moors players and fan base at the London Stadium. Their 1-2 loss to Grimsby Town denied them a place in the football league extending their stay in non-league football for at least another year. The ARMCO Arena is a fantastic ground with great culture. This is definitely one I would like to tick off in the coming season.
9) Peterborough Sports - Peterborough Sports & Leisure club
I am very eager to go to this ground this season. For the first time ever Peterborough Sports will host National League North football this season. I was very happy for them when they were promoted and I will try to go to Peterborough to watch a game soon. The ground itself is interesting too! It is fairly small but has lots of interesting features. Some big games will be played there this season!
8) AFC Rushden & Diamonds - Hayden Road
I will 100% try to tick this one off this season! I aim to be in attendance for AFC Rushden & Diamonds vs Bedford but if I'm not available I'll try and find another game that I am available for. This is a great ground for Step 3 and I'm sure that they will have a great season and won't be here for much longer. I am determined to make a game there next season. It's a lovely ground and brilliant for it's level!
7) Wealdstone - The Vale
Quite out there but this is one I would like to go to. It's a decent ground for the National League and going to the capital for a non-league game will be a new experience. It won't be my first time watching a game in London as I have been to Wembley and Loftus Road. I'd rather not try to remember my visit to Loftus Road but the story can be told in a separate post! The Vale is a cracking ground and I will try to visit it this season!
6) Maidenhead United - York Road
Bit further away but this is number 6 in my list. York Road is a standard National League ground with lots of history. It's got to be one of my favourite grounds in the National League. It's a great ground and it has lots of features that I look for in a football ground. One of the best away games in the National League.
5) Meadow Lane - Notts County
This has got to be the best current Non-League ground but it barely scrapes my top 5. Meadow Lane is a huge ground and isn't a ground for Non-League football. The stadium holds 21k fans and has broken numerous records since being relegated from League Two in the 18/19 season. I would love to go to this ground as the 'go to' ground in non-league football.
4) Dagenham & Redbridge - Victoria Park
This is another ground that could easily be in the football league. Victoria Park is the home to Dagenham & Redbridge and West Ham United women. It is a unique ground for many reasons and like Maidenhead it ticks a lot of boxes for me. It is one of the best grounds in the National League in my opinion. I hope I can get to watch a game there this season.
3) Dartford FC - Princes Park
I couldn't separate the top 3 but I somehow found a way. Dartford come in a close 3rd. Princes Park is an amazing stadium for many reasons. It is the most modern non-league ground in my opinion. It holds just over 4k people and on a sunny day it is a great experience. There are so many aspects to this ground that make it special. I very much hope to be able to visit Princes Park this season.
2) Barnet FC - Hive Stadium
In very close second place is the Hive Stadium. The Hive Stadium is home to Barnet FC, Tottenham Hotspur women and London Bees. This ground is a great one and is pretty straight forward to get to. It would easily get away as a League Two ground and I've heard it's always an experience whenever you visit!
1) St Albans City - Clarence Park
This has been number 1 on my list for quiet some time but somehow I have never got round to visiting it. The National League South side play at one of the most unique grounds in all of the UK. The whole experience of going to Clarence Park must be good from what I've heard. I aim to get to watch a game sometime this season but I am gutted I can't make any in pre-season! I'm really looking forward to hopefully ticking it off!