For many football supporters, the lure of the non league game is increased significantly because dogs are made welcome up and down the country.
There’s even a twitter account documenting mans best friend at grassroots games, it’s @nonleaguedogs and the hashtag #nonleaguedogs. Even for a ‘cat person’, I have to admit they are quite marvellous.
Football in Bracknell has been asked a few times about clubs that are dog friendly in Berkshire, so I emailed all the clubs from step six upward about their policy.
The majority were welcoming of dogs at grounds but some are tied by landlord regulation. Here’s a full list of clubs that responded. If your club is missing please email [email protected] and we’ll update!
If you want to find a game, we post weekend and midweek fixture lists here.
No. The club say: “Only police dogs and guide dogs are permitted at the Rec Soc.”
Ground address: AWE (West Gate Entrance), Aldermaston RG7 4PR
No. The club say: “No dogs unless guide or helping dogs.”
Ground address: Winkfield Row, Ascot SL5 7LJ
YES! The club say: “Dogs on leads are fine for senior games.”
Ground address: Stubbs Hill, Binfield, Bracknell RG42 5NR
YES! The club say: “We are a dog friendly ground.”
Ground address: Larges Lane, Bracknell RG12 9AN
Eversley & California
YES! The club say: “We do allow dogs into our ground, they are free and in fact one did win our 50/50 half time raffle.”
Ground address: Eversley, Hook GU46 7RU
YES! The club say: “More than welcome at Holyport.”
Ground address: Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead SL6 8SP
No. The club say: “Unfortunately, dogs have been banned at York Road since we got promoted to the National League.”
Ground address: York Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1SF
No. The club say: “We rent our ground from the Wallingford Sports Park who have a No Dogs policy over the entire site so we’re unable to allow dogs at Wallingford Town.”
Ground address: Hithercroft Road, Wallingford OX10 9RB
YES! The club say: “Provided they are well behaved we have no issues with dogs visiting.”
Ground address: St. Leonards Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3DR
Wokingham & Emmbrook
Yes at Lowther Road. The first team share with Bracknell Town. The club say: “Dogs have always been welcome at Lowther Road as long as they are well behaved and the owner is responsible about any mess the animal might make.”
Ground address: Lowther Road, Wokingham RG41 1JB
No. The Kestrels ground share with Reading City. The club say: “Dogs are not allowed entry to Rivermoor.”
Ground address: Scours Lane, Reading RG30 6BX
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Main image: Dale James and his dog at a Tiverton Town game. Photo: Dale James.