- Ewen Fields
stadium_name = "Ewen Fields"
Hyde, Greater Manchester
opened = 1919
owner = Hyde United
operator = Hyde United
surface = Grass
record capacity = 9,500 (vs [Nelson] 1952/53)
current capacity = 4,100
The Tameside Stadium
Hyde United F.C.
4,100 (850 seated)
Ewen Fields is a multi-use
stadiumin Tameside, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Hyde United F.C.. It has also in the past hosted Manchester United F.C. Reserves, Manchester City F.C. Reserves, Stockport County F.C. Reservesas well as Oldham Curzon Ladies. The stadium formerly used Baspograss and holds the honour of the last FA Cup game on an artificial surface when Hyde faced Darlingtonin the 1st Round Proper in 1994. It has also hosted American Football, namely the Manchester Spartansin the 1980s during a surge in popularity of Gridironin the UK following Channel 4's coverage of live NFL overnight when the channel first began. The stadium holds 4,100 people.
The Ground Today
Ewen Fields is made up of 5 stands: the Main Stand, the Scrattin Shed, the Tinker's Passage end, the Leigh Street stand and the Walker Lane end. All of the stands are covered.
The Main Stand is the only seated stand at Ewen Fields. It also houses the players' dressing rooms, board room and sponsors lounge as well as a refreshments bar and toilets.
Next to the Main Stand is the Scrattin' Shed, although it is more commonly known as the 'Shed End', despite not actually being at the end of the ground. This is where the most vociferous home fans usually congregate. The Social Club is behind the Shed, and traverses the boundary wall. There is a door inside the ground, and one in the car park.
The Tinker's Passage end (named after the footpath which runs behind the stand) is situated behind the goal nearest to the Scrattin' Shed. Unusually, the stand runs at an acute angle to the goal line. This is because the pitch prior to the Astroturf was not a perfect rectangle, and the stand, which used to be parallel to the goal line, shows the extent of this previous irregularity. Away fans are housed in the Tinker's Passage end on the rare occasions that games at Ewen Fields are segregated.
Running opposite to the Main Stand and Scrattin' Shed is the Leigh Street stand, behind the home and away dugouts where another set of vocal home fans stand. A second refreshments bar is also situated on this side.
The Walker Lane end (sometimes referred to as the 'Baths End' due to the leisure centre situated behind the stand) is situated behind the goal at the opposite end to the Tinker's Passage end. When the Astroturf was laid, and the pitch realigned, it was also lengthened at this end. As a result, the Walker Lane stand was built afterwards, and is parallel to the goal line.
A full 360 degree panoramic view of the ground is available http://www.hydeunited.co.uk/information.htm
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