About The Queen Elizabeth Stadium
The stand out feature of the Queen Elizabeth Stadium is the main stand which for all you art and architecture aficionados is a Grade II listed building, designed in 1939 and completed in 1953. The bar at the top of the stand offers some panoramic views of the game, albeit from a distance away. There’s a few rows of seats up here too.
There is a small raised terrace halfway between the main stand and the edge of the pitch, whilst behind each goal are small covered terraces. On the far side is a small seated stand that straddles the half-way line. The ground hosted a number of games in the 2018 CONIFA World Cup including the final in front of a record attendance of over 2,000 fans.
How to get to The Queen Elizabeth Stadium
The ground is relatively easy to find if you are coming down from the M25, Junction 25 which means you need to head up the A3/M23 then anti-clockwise around the M25 (it’s a 10 mile shorter trip than going clockwise but if the Dartford Crossing is bad it could be an option) to Junction 25. Take a left at the roundabout and head south on the A10. Follow the A10 towards Central London for around 1.8 miles and then take a right into Carterhatch Lane, then first left into Donkey Lane. The ground is around the corner. There’s plenty of free parking opposite the entrance.
The 93-mile journey from Lewes should take around 1 hour 45 minutes depending on the traffic and time of day.
There are two train stations close to the ground. Southbury is a 30-minute journey from London Liverpool Street. Exit the station and then take a left onto Southbury Road. At the junction with the A10 use the pedestrian crossing to cross and then take a right and head north up the A10. At the end of the playing fields there is an alley on the left – take this and the ground is ahead on the right.
Enfield Town is on another line from London Liverpool Street and is a 33-minute journey time. Exit the station and turn right along Southbury Road. After you have passed Tesco on your right, cross the road and take next left into Ladysmith Road. Follow this road for 500 yards before taking a right down the path where the ground is at the end.
Admission at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium
Admission last season was £11 for adults, £7 for concessions (senior citizens and students), Under16s £1 plus there is a £1 charge to transfer to the seats in the main stand.
Fancy a beer?
The nearest pub to the ground is the Toby Carvery on the A10/Donkey Lane junction but you can do better than that! The Cricketers on Chase Side does some good ales on draft and is a 20-minute walk from the ground. The Kings Head is in Market Place and is recommended. It is almost next door to the Barclays Bank which had the first ATM machine in the UK (even better random fact, Reg Varney from On the Buses fame was the first customer to use the machine). There’s also a decent bar at the top of the main stand in the ground which services rotating craft beers.
After six months of waiting, the new season started with a harsh lesson for Lewes as they were well beaten by Enfield Town, reports Stuart Fuller.
Six of the team that started the last Rooks game back in March against Haringey Borough were in manager Hugo Langton's starting XI with debuts for new signings Fintan Walsh, Merrick James-Lewis, James Beresford and Jaden Owusu-Nepaul whilst having to sit out due to injury were Kiran Khinda-John and Gary Noel.
The opening exchanges were fairly even with teenager Tegan Freeman impressing in the middle of the park whilst fellow former Under18s player Nic D'Arienzo getting the better of the experienced front pairing of Okojie and Bricknell on most occasions.
However, the deadlock was broken in the 24th minute when the Rooks lost the ball in the Enfield half and a swift break from Della-Verde and then Bricknell the ball played dangerously across the area and Okojie was on hand to stab the ball home.
The Rooks rallied and pressed for an equaliser, forcing a string of corners and free-kicks on dangerous positions but against the run of play the home side scored a fortuitous goal when a long throw in from the right was back-headed by Fintan Walsh, which flew over Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke's head and into the net.
Lewes replied immediately when Tegan Freeman somehow kept a loose ball in play, laid it back for Leon Redwood and his deep cross was turned in by Aaron Cosgrave.
The second half was barely a few minutes old when Enfield extended their lead. Ryan Blackman was given far too much space on the right hand side of the area before he played a one-two with Okojie and then shot, the ball cannoning off the inside of the post and into the net.
The home side grew in confidence whilst the Rooks lacked any rhythm going forward and gave possession away cheaply, putting themselves under undue pressure without any outlet up front.
It came as no surprise when the home side scored a fourth, Lyle Della-Verde netting after being put in on goal by Billy Bricknell and giving Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke no chance.
This was a disappointing result for the travelling Rooks fans after so long without a competitive game. The hard work and effort in the first half was undone with a lacklustre second forty five as Hugo Langton admitted in his post match interview.
Manager Hugo Langton will be looking for an immediate response from the side when they travel to Bedfont Sports Club in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, kick off 7:45pm.
Enfield Town: McDonald, Kiangebeni, Chappell (Weatherstone 62mins), Thomas, McLeod-Uquhart, Gyebi, Della-Verde, Youngs, Bricknell, Okojie (Small 79mins), Blackman (Muleba 73 mins)
Subs not used: Pepera, Mubiayi
Lewes: Stroomberg-Clarke, Walsh, Redwood, James-Lewis, Frimpong, D'Arienzo, Beresford (Santos 63mins), Freeman, Cosgrave, Owusu-Nepaul (Blewden 73mins), Conlon (Martin 83 mins)
Subs not used: Barclay, Ferreira
Attendance: 250 (32 Rooks fans)
Goals: Okojie 24 mins (1-0), Walsh OG 42 mins (2-0), Cosgrave 43 mins (2-1), Blackman 50 mins (3-1), Della-Verde 79 mins (4-1)