If you are new to non-league football, this guide should help to answer any questions you may have. If you’d like to know anything else, please drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are Guildford City?
We are a non-league football club based in the county town of Surrey. In fact, Guildford City was once one of the best non-league clubs in the country and played in the equivalent of today’s Conference. Back in those days non-league clubs wishing to gain promotion to the Football League had to be voted in. Only in a few cases were the League clubs actually relegated, and City were up for election several times but never lucky enough to be promoted. The ‘old club’ folded in 1974 but was resurrected by a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers in 1996. We’ve gone from strength to strength since then and are now back in our spiritual home, the Southern League. You can read more of our history if you’d like to!
Hang on, Guildford isn’t a City… is it?
Ah, yep, you got us. Guildford is not a City. However, back in 1927 Guildford became a diocese and, along with plans for a new cathedral, it was widely expected that the town would gain City status. A number of sports clubs in the area adopted the ‘City’ suffix and it’s just sort of stuck!
Coming to a match
We play matches from mid-August to the end of April, sometimes playing in early May as well. Home games kick off at 3pm on Saturdays and 7.45pm on Wednesdays. Our fixtures page is kept up-to-date with all the latest information as well as a handy guide to away matches.
Our ground at the Spectrum (it’s adjacent to the leisure centre) has a capacity of 1,320. It has an elevated grandstand with covered seating for 255 people, you can watch from three sides of the pitch and there’s loads of free parking. Please see here for full details and directions.
Do I need a ticket?
Nope – just turn up and pay in cash at the turnstile! Our admission prices are £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for under-16s. If you’re used to Premier and Football League prices then you’re in for a nice surprise! We aim to offer excellent value for money and, because we are run solely by volunteers, you can be sure that every single penny goes towards progressing the club.
To make it even better, we offer half price adult entry to league matches for anyone presenting a season ticket from absolutely any other football club, excepting that day’s opponents. Plus supporters and members of Guildford Cricket Club, Guildford Flames Ice Hockey, Surrey Heat Basketball and Surrey Storm Netball will be given the same deal. Members of the armed forces qualify for the concession rate. So plenty of reasons to give non-league football a try!
Where can I sit?
It is very rare for non-league matches to have segregated crowds, even in the Conference. We’re simply a lot friendlier in non-league! It also gives you the freedom to view the match from wherever you like. For wet weather there are several covered areas, including seating for 269 people, and we don’t charge any extra to sit there.
Do you have food and drink?
There’s a snack bar attached to our club house where you will find the lovely Ros and Jo serving a range of hot and cold snacks and drinks. All spectators are welcome in our clubhouse before, during or after the match where a variety of alcoholic drinks can be purchased – often including Hogs Back T.E.A. on draught.
What league do you play in?
We’re in the Cherry Red Combined Counties Premier League, a mere eight promotions away from the Premier League and only two from the Conference. That might seem a long way down the ladder but don’t let it fool you – the standard of football is very good. Our squad contains many ex-professionals and players with international caps! We also play in a couple of national competitions – the FA Cup (yep, the real FA Cup, with the final at Wembley in May!) and the FA Trophy.
Do you have fans?!
We have a supporters group named ‘The Sweeney’ (which is also the club’s nickname, along with ‘City’), which follows the club home and away. The Sweeney has provided noise, colour and humour at matches and has also helped to raise money for charity. Many members of the Sweeney now sit on the committee and help to run the club itself. They also now have a giant inflatable whale called Horace as a mascot(!).
I still have a question – can you help?
If we’ve missed anything, please email email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help. We hope to see you at Spectrum very soon!