Blackburn Rovers Ladies – Sir Tom Finney Stadium

Also known as Bamber Bridge F.C Stadium, The Sir Tom Finney Stadium was actually previously known as Irongate Stadium before The Northern Premier League Division One North decided to rename it in honour of Sir Tom – who passed last February 2014 at the age of 91.

After the merger in 1974, the club played on King George’s playing field. In 1983 they bought a vacant lot to build their own property called Irongate, which is local to the area. It currently has a capacity of 3,000 and is currently the home site to teams like Bamber Bridge, Northern Premier League Premier Division, and the Blackburn Rovers Ladies – a rising star women football squad. The Blackburn Rovers ladies league are the latest ones to play home games on this turf this season.

The attendance record of 2,300 spectators was set in a friendly match against the Czech national team where the result was a 9-1 victory for the Czechs.

How to Get to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium

By Road

Sir Tom Finney Stadium is located in Preston, England, and is just three minutes from Junction 1 of the M65. You can also input the full address: Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Irongate, Brownedge Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston, into your sat nav or map apps to help you find a route to the stadium quickly.

By Train

If you don’t have your own car but still want to watch the matches, you can still get to the stadium since the place can also be reached by train. The Bamber Bridge station is only a 15-minute walk away from the stadium.

Where to Park

Parking on the ground floor is extremely limited, so it’s recommended that you try parking on a nearby street. However, there’s a residential area built around the stadium, so please respect the homeowners or get their consent before parking by their area.

Away Friendly Pubs Near the Sir Tom Finney Stadium

Brig ‘n’ Barrel, the Beer Box, Finney’s Cafe & Sports Bar, The Old Vic, and Moorbrook are just some of the pubs you can visit if you don’t feel like sipping on the swigs found in the stadium. These are all about a 10-20 minute drive away from the stadium.

Hotels Near the Sir Tom Finney Stadium

If you’re planning to visit the area to watch a game, you may want to check out hotel booking sites such as Agoda,, or even Airbnb to see what your options are. However, these are the top choices away fans normally check out:

  • Holiday Inn Preston
  • Premier Inn Preston South (Craven Drive) hotel
  • Purple Roomz
  • Ramada by Wyndham
  • Preston Leyland Hotel
  • Lancaster Cottage

What Have Other Away Fans Said About Their Trip to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium?

The ground has a smart main stand decked out in black seats, with full cover at the far goal which extends in the corner towards the stand. The ground entrance is within a standing enclosure, left of the goal with the clubhouse, refreshment bar and club shop alongside.

The dugouts are opposite the main stand, which is open standing with large netting to stop the ball from going into the neighbour’s gardens.

The Sir Tom Finney Stadium Directions

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Sir Tom Finney Stadium FAQ's

Which is the away end at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium?

Away fans visiting Sir Tom Finney Stadium are housed in the Bill Shankly Stand, which is located behind the goal.

What is the Sir Tom Finney Stadium away end capacity?

Sir Tom Finney Stadium can fit up to 7,893 away fans in the Bill Shankly Stand.

Stadium Key Facts

  • Capacity – 3,000
  • Address – Brownedge Rd, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5, Brownedge Rd, United Kingdom
  • Pitch Type – Grass
  • Year Ground Opened – 1987
  • Record Attendance – 2,300
  • Construction Cost – £3.2 million
  • Coordinates – 53°43’41.1″N 2°40’22.6″W

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