Chertsey Town F.C.
Chertsey Town F.C.
Alwyns Lane Stadium
Ground Number: 38
Date: Tuesday 27th December 2016
Score: Chertsey Town F.C. 3-4 Horley Town F.C.
Competition: Combined Counties Premier Division
The day after Boxing Day is normally a day where you have a nice lie in and recover from the three stressful days of Christmas (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) but not for me, if there is a game of football on that is local to me then I will be there and for me, this was the case because only yesterday I found myself at Bromley v Sutton United and today, there was two fixtures that I go to and they were Chertsey Town v Horley Town or Hanworth Villa v AFC Hayes and seeing as I have been trying to go to Chertsey Town for the past couple of months, I decided that I would go to Chertsey Town F.C. instead of Hanworth Villa.
I decision to go to Chertsey Town was made on Boxing Day night and this meant I had time to prepare for the game as I would be filming the game instead of physically watching then game because I had recently set up a new YouTube channel called NonLeagueTV which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSQeBoE5YmdjGzxOF6M7X1g. The channel is where I film non-league games and upload the highlights and I thought that today`s game between Chertsey Town F.C. and Horley Town F.C. would be a good game of me to film my first game. After deciding to film the game, I charged up my new camcorder that I got for Christmas and got the tripod and all my camera equipment ready. I then looked into the history of Chertsey Town F.C. as I do did not know a lot about them.
Chertsey Town F.C. were founded in 1890 and their nickname is `The Curfews`. They play in the colours of blue and white and they currently play in the Combined Counties Premier. The club play their home games at Alwyns Lane which is located just around the back of Chertsey high street and the stadium has a capacity of 2,500 and there are around 300 seats. The reason why the clubs nickname is `The Curfews` is because it is the name of the local famous bell that was in the nearby St Peters Church.
The club started out in the small Surrey leagues and in the very late 50`s and the early 60`s, the club played in the Surrey Senior League and then they played in leagues such as the Spartan League. Then the club was in the Isthmian leagues during the early 80`s and then was relegated to the Combined Counties and since the mid 80`s and the early 2000`s, the club has been Isthmian leagues with many promotions and relegations between the Isthmian leagues but in 2006, the club was allocated to the Combined Counties. After getting promoted and then they had a spell in the Southern League Division One Central but they were relegated back down to the Combined Counties where they still are today.
I woke up around 7:30am and then I had to go round the shop to get bread and milk and once I did that, I checked all of my camera equipment and then we left my house at 9am. The original SD card for my camcorder was too big so we stopped off in Curry`s PC World on the way and got a 64GB mini SD card for £25 and then we drove to my mate Johnnie`s house who is also a Sutton fan and he runs a YouTube channel called FITBHighlights which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/user/FITBHighlights
After picking up Johnnie we drive to the ground and then we paid to get in and I got a programme and then we went to the main stand to set up our cameras and we finished setting up our cameras at 10:55am. After this I walked around the stadium to get some photos and as I was walking round the stadium, I kind of started to fall in love with the stadium because it is a lovely stadium.
Alwyns Lane had a capacity of 2,500 and there are around 300 seats. The main area of the ground holds the main stand which has the 300 or so seats and is the location where me and Johnnie filmed the game from. Next the main stand is a open terrace and the bar. Opposite the main stand is a really nice covered terrace and the roof of the terrace is striped in blue and white to represent the colours of Chertsey Town F.C. Behind one of the goals is a covered terrace which is around half the width of the pitch and behind the other goal is a very small traditional covered terrace which is around the width of the goal.
The teams came out and this was when I started to film the game, the first 20 minutes were very boring but after that the game started to pick up and from my point of view, Chertsey looked the better team for the first half and went into half time winning but in the second half there were more goals to come and the game eventually finished Chertsey Town 3-4 Horley Town which was a very good game for me especially as it was my first game that I have ever filmed for my new YouTube Channel (NonLeagueTV).
I took my camcorder off the tripod and dismantled the tripod which takes around 2/3 minutes and then me, my dad and Johnnie headed back for the car which was parked in Chertsey High Street and we dropped Johnnie off home. I got back to my house at 3pm and I uploaded the footage to my laptop and I had over 120 individual clips I had watched all of them to see what ones I need to delete. After doing this I uploaded the clips onto the editing software that I used at the time of this game which was called videopad and after putting all the clips together, the video took around 6 hours to export onto a single video file and I uploaded the highlights to YouTube at 12am.
You can find my highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLuDI8Hb9r4&t=3s
Johnnie`s highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09s2AuSDeHs&t=210s
I would personally like to thank Chertsey Town for allowing me to film the game and I would like to thank them for a great morning of football. I would also like to thank Johnnie who was given me the confidence to start a football YouTube channel.
Alwyns Lane is a really nice stadium to groundhop to and for me, I feel that this is a ground that you must visit because the ground is very traditional and the ground has so much character and there are not really any modern features to the ground which makes it better because the ground is very traditional and just has that feeling of a ground that is special.
The bar is not the best but it is quite warm which was good especially as it was really cold out today but the fans who go inside the bar are very friendly and when my dad went in there at half time, they said hello to him. The staff are very friendly and will generally have a quick conversation with you which makes you feel very welcome.
I will admit the food at Chertsey Town is not the best but at half time, I did get a burger which costs around £2 but it was quite small and felt very dry but I always say that it is better than nothing so if you are planning on getting something to eat at Chertsey Town, then I wouldn`t really suggest getting a burger.
The atmosphere was not the best if I am honest but there was some form of atmosphere as the Horley fans that were sitting in the main stand were shouting some motivational quotes like "come on Horley" which was quite good as it showed their passion for their team. The Chertsey fans did a few chants which for this level of football is quite good as you do not see many teams have fans that chant in the Combined Counties but the Chertsey fans did so I do give those fans a lot of credit.
Chertsey Town F.C. is a very friendly club, the fans are friendly and welcoming, the players will generally say "hello" of you bump into them, the away fans were also very friendly and the people who run the club are also very friendly. So if you are planning on going to Chertsey Town, you should not be expecting to witness any form of abuse because it is very rare that this happens at Chertsey Town F.C.
The overall experience as a groundhopper is Chertsey Town F.C. is a must do groundhop if you live in London or Surrey or if you are within an hours drive of the ground because it makes a great day out and it will give you a great experience and you will feel very welcome and will experience a well run non league club.
Food and Drink: 6/10
Experience As A Groundhopper: 9/10
Average Rating: 6.5/10