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"Horley Town FC - The New Defence"

has rated The New Defence 3.0 out of 5.

johnwickenden's review of The New Defence

I can honestly say I have played on Horley Town's pitch at the New Defence - but that's because the ground is built on the site of my old school and the pitch occupies the same space as the one the school team played on !
Horley moved to the New Defence in 2003, when their old ground (The Defence, located on the other side of the town) was sold for housing. The clubhouse is very modern, clean and provides excellent facilities for the club


The ground gets one star as there is plenty of parking, as it's located next to Horley Leisure Centre, however it is a LONG way from the town centre and Horley Railway Station, so it's somewhere to go by car only, I'm afraid.


There is a small stand attached to the brand new clubhouse and this contains about 100 seats. Views can also be had from inside, in the bar area which is on the 1st floor, so overlooks the seats.
Since my initial review the club have added another 50 + seats in the (previously terraced ) metal stand behind the goal nearest the turnstiles. The covered terrace remains at the other end of the ground


Toilets on both the ground and first floor of the clubhouse, which is relativey new and very impressive.

Food & Drink

Bar in clubhouse and a snack bar seling hot drinks and food etc at the side of the stand. You might have to help the ladies open the jar of bovril if its a new one !!!!

Police & Stewards

Not in the Combined Counties League !!


Fairly good crowd (100+) on my visit for an Xmas match, not much in the way of atmosphere, no singing but a few shouts and the home fans have a trumpet and a cow bell to celebrate goals !

I'm now a fairly regular visitor to the New Defence and crowds get up to about 100. There is a good family atmosphere about the club and people in the stands do get behind the lads on the pitch

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Ratings for The New Defence

LocationAspect 1 rating: 1.0 star
ViewAspect 2 rating: 2.5 stars
FacilitiesAspect 3 rating: 3.0 stars
Food & DrinkAspect 4 rating: 3.0 stars
Police & StewardsN/A
AtmosphereAspect 6 rating: 3.5 stars
OverallOverall rating: 0.0 stars

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