I’m Ryan, an 18 year old who travels to various football grounds around the UK and then writes about his experience on his visit to the game. Target: 100 Grounds - Visited: 82 Grounds | Doing The 92 - Visited: 9 | Every ground within the M25 - Visited: 50
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.
The decision to go to Chertsey Town was made on Boxing Day night and as soon as I got home from Bromley, I looked into the history of Chertsey Town F.C. as I do did not know a lot about them but I knew that they had a really nice ground and were very friendly because I have seen lots of pictures of the ground and I have read a lot of reviews from other people that have been to Alwyns Lane and they said it is a really nice ground.
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 then we left my house at 9am. The original SD card I had 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 I needed a new SD card as I was going to be filming a football video later on that day. We then 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 help Johnnie set up his camera. 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 and it was a ground that I really like because of the character of the ground and the club have kept the ground traditional and have not ruined it by adding any new terracing or seated stands.
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.
By the time I had gone round the ground taking pictures, the teams had started coming out so I quickly walked back round to the main stand as it is where the best place to watch the game in the ground as you are not pitch level and you can see the whole pitch better. Chertsey started the game confidentially and had a few chances to take the lead but narrowly missed the goal but in the space of 10/15 minutes, Chertsey managed to grab two goals and after only around 20 minutes, Chertsey were 2-0 up. This lead didn't last long as Horley got a goal back a few minutes after going 2-0 down and soon after they scored, they got another goal back and at half time, the score was 2-2.
During half time, my dad went in the bar and got me a cheeseburger which was quite small in size but it tasted nice so I suppose the taste kind of levelled out for the size of the burger. I then had a drink and a few snacks from the food and drink that we had taken with us to the game and by the time I had finished my drink, the second half had just started. Horley started the second half well as they had two excellent chances to take the lead but the shots went wide. Horley did eventually take the lead and soon after going 3-2 up, they scored again to make it 4-2 and it looked like Chertsey were out of the game but with a few minutes to go, Chertsey scored a goal from a free-kick via a deflection from a Horley player and the game was 4-3. Neither team had any more chances for the last few minutes and the game finished 4-3 to Horley.
Once the game had finished, we clapped both teams off for an excellent performance and what a game, 7 goals on a cold December morning, well you can't moan at that. We walked back to the car and then we dropped Johnnie off home and then we drove back to South West London feeling very happy that we had finally visited Chertsey Town and we had also seen 7 goals. I would definitely go back to Alywns Lane and I would highly recommend visiting Alwyns Lane.