Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Staines Lammas F.C. - Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground

Staines Lammas F.C.
Staines Lammas F.C.
Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground
The Broadway
Laleham
Surrey
TW18 1RZ

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Ground Number: 78
Date: Wednesday 25th April 2018
Score: Staines Lammas F.C. 6-1 Kensington Borough F.C.
Competition: Combined Counties Division One
Attendance: 29

As I continue on my challenge to tick off all the grounds in the Heathrow area, it was time to tick off another of the remaining 4 remaining grounds as this coming Wednesday, I would be visiting the Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground (also known as the Laleham Recreation Ground) for Staines Lammas vs Kensington Borough in the Combined Counties Division One. The Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground would be Ground 80 for me and Ground 78 on the blog and would allow me to tick off another ground in the Heathrow area, another ground within the M25 and another ground nearer to 100!
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After groundhopping to Egham Town on Tuesday night which you can read about here, I found myself trying to find another game for next Tuesday and the only game that seemed appealing was AFC Hayes vs Bedfont Sports and on Wednesday night, Staines Lammas were home to Kensington Borough. My friend Jason (who you may remember from my visit to Croydon FC which you can read about here) said he was going to Staines Lammas on the Wednesday so we decided that seeing as Jason was going there, we may as well go there as well!
The few days running up to the weekend were spent at college and were spent doing coursework for our trip to Croatia on the 30th and I was looking forward to the trip but the only bad thing was the quarter-finals of the play offs were being played whilst I am away and I needed Sutton to finish 3rd otherwise I wouldn't be able to go to the quarter-finals of the play offs. Saturday was spent at Stonebridge Road and Sutton had won 1-0 against Ebbsfleet which had guaranteed us play offs but we needed a draw or win against Aldershot on the last game of the season to put us straight into the semi-finals of the play offs otherwise we would be playing in the quarter-finals and I wouldn't be able to go.
On Sunday, I tweeted out about going to this fixture and after only a few minutes of it being tweeted out, my very dear friend Russell (The Wycombe Wanderer) tweeted back saying that he was free on Wednesday evening and he hasn't been to Staines Lammas yet and said that he would come to this fixture with me, my dad and Jason and this was going to make the visit even more special seeing as I haven't seen Russell since my visit to Motspur Park for Fulham U23's vs Brighton U23's back in December 2017 which you can read about here.

Monday was spent relaxing and then in the evening, I was at the Meet the Manager Q&A session at Sutton United and I got a mention for heavily helping out with the atmosphere and that was a very proud moment for me. We also told our fellow Sutton fan and friend Tony that we was going to Staines Lammas on Wednesday and we invited him to come along as well. Tuesday was spent at college and was a good day as I got quite a lot of work done and then once at home, I did a bit more of the assignment that I was doing at college and then in the evening, I watched some of `Russell Howard's Good News` and then just before going to bed, I looked into the history of Staines Lammas FC.

Staines Lammas F.C. were founded in 1926 and are based in the small town of Laleham which is just outside of Staines-upon-Thames and the club currently play their home games at the Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground (also known as the Laleham Recreation Ground) which has a capacity of 300 and there are no seats. The club's nickname is 'The Blues' or 'Lammas' and the club currently play in the Combined Counties Division One (England's 10th Tier). The club started out in the Hounslow and District League and changed leagues a few times in the 20's and 30's and in the 40's and 50's, the club played in the Hounslow and District League Division Two and the Staines and District League.
In the mid-80's, the club moved to their current home of the Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground and were slowly making their way up the non league pyramid and in the 90's, the club joined the Surrey Intermediate League Western and in 2002, the club joined the Surrey Senior League and in 2003, the club joined the Combined Counties Division One and were champions in 2007/08 and 2008/09 but were unable to get promoted due to their ground not meeting the standards of the Combined Counties Premier.
I woke up this morning at 7am and then got dressed and had some breakfast and then left my house at 7:45am to go to college and today, college was really chilled as we had to only do one assignment but we was doing it in stages and it wasn't very full on and was relaxing to do and I managed to get a large chunk of that assignment done. I finished college at 3pm and then walked up to Ewell East Station with some of my friends from my course and then got on the 3:23pm service and then stayed on until Hackbridge and then walked to my dad's and got there for 3:45pm and then left my dad's at 4pm.
We then picked up Tony and then made the drive to Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground. The journey to the ground wasn't nothing special with it just being spent listening to music and then we remembered that the game was a 6:45pm kick off and we still had a lot of time so we stopped in Molesey and got a subway for dinner and me and my dad got our regulars and Tony his regulars as well and then after having our dinner, we continued our journey to the ground and then soon after, we found ourselves in the village of Laleham and then found somewhere right next to the ground to park and then walked to the ground and we arrived at 5:45pm.
I took some pictures and we then went inside the bar and then we got some drinks and Tony kindly offered to get me a drink and I decided to get a Kopparburg seeing as it is one of my favourite alcoholic drinks and then sat down and watched some of the highlights of the Liverpool vs Roma game. I then walked up to the bar and got a programme and pin badge for £4 which is very reasonable and then we each paid another £4 to get in which is also very reasonable! Then with around 20 minutes to go before kick off, Jason arrived and we all walked round the ground and took some pictures.
The Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground has a capacity of 300 and there are no seats. The main side of the ground holds the bar and dugouts and the pitch is surrounded by a pitch side barrier and the ground itself is only 3 sided for spectators but you get a great view of the ground. To be honest, the ground does the job for a club in the 11th Tier but a seated stand is needed for the club so it meets league regulations and it would be good to see a seated stand put in the ground but for what the ground is, it's not the best but it's a ground and that's the main thing! After walking round the ground to take some pictures, Russell arrived and then the teams came out and I got some pictures.
The game kicked off and the first chance of the game came on 2 minutes when Staines Lammas had an attack and their player went round the keeper and scored and after only 2 minutes, it was 1-0 to Staines. Then the next chance of the game came on 7 minutes when Staines were given a corner and the ball was sent in and then Kensington player headed it into his own net and it was 2-0 to Staines after only 7 minutes! Then the next chance of the game came on 23 minutes when Staines were in the box and passed the ball across goal and the Staines player tapped the ball in and it was 3-0 to Staines. Staines made it 4-0 on 28 minutes via a shot inside the box and on 40 minutes, the Staines keeper fouled the Kensington player and was sent off and on 43 minutes, Kensington made it 4-1 via a penalty and the final chance of the first half came on 45 minutes when Kensington had a shot at goal that was saved.
Half time and it was Staines Lammas 4-1 Kensington Borough, it had been an amazing first half and Staines had massively dominated the first half and very much deserved the lead but after their goalkeeper was sent off and Kensington scored the penalty, they had seemed to have responded a bit but they were still 3 points behind. By now, it was starting to get cold so we went to the bar and unfortunately they didn't have any hot food but they did have some cheeselets which was better than nothing but I was disappointed but they had some food available which was the main thing. We then sat down for 5 minutes and then when the teams came back out, we went back outside.
The second half started and the first chance of the game came on 55 minutes when Staines hit the post from close range and was unlucky not to make it 5-1! Then 3 minutes later, Staines had a shot at goal and scored and now was 5-1! 4 minutes after that, Kensington had a shot that went just wide and two minutes after that, Staines also had a shot that went just wide. On 67 minutes, Kensington had a shot that went over the bar and then on 71 minutes, Staines scored from a corner and it was now 6-1! On 74 minutes, the outfield player that was playing in goal for Staines made an amazing save and then on 81 minutes, Staines had a shot saved and on 87 minutes, Kensington had a shot that went wide and that was the final chance of the game and it finished 6-1.
Full time and it finished Staines Lammas 6-1 Kensington Borough, it had been a great game of football and could have easily finished around 8-5 but 7 goals was very satisfying to watch especially as it had started to get cold at the end of the first half. We walked out of the ground feeling very happy that Staines had won and we had finally ticked off the Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground. We left the ground at 8:35pm and the journey back home didn't take long as there wasn't any traffic and I got home at 9:20pm and then watched some TV before going to bed at 11:30pm.
I would recommend going to the Lucan Pavilion Recreation Ground because it is a ground that not many people have been to before and is somewhere that a lot of groundhoppers haven't been to. The staff are also immensely welcoming and friendly but the only shame is the ground isn't very good and there isn't any hot food or any atmosphere but all in all, me and my dad spent under £20 and saw 7 goals and had a great evening and also met up with Russell again and was good to have a catch-up on his recent groundhops. You can find Russell's view of the game here.

Rating:
Stadium: 3/10
Bar: 8/10
Food and Drink: 5/10
Atmosphere: 3/10
Friendliness: 10/10
Value For Money: 10/10
Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Egham Town F.C. - Runnymede Stadium

Egham Town F.C.

Egham Town F.C.
Runnymede Stadium
Wards Place
Egham
Surrey
TW20 8XD


Ground Number: 77
Date: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Score: Egham Town F.C. 1-2 Moneyfields F.C.
Competition: Southern League Division One East
Attendance: 61

After groundhopping to Hanwell Town F.C. on Thursday evening which you can read about here, I had a hard choice to make about what game to go to on the coming Tuesday evening because Sutton were playing away to Maidenhead in the re-arranged tie that was originally abandoned at half time when Sutton were winning 3-2 or I could groundhop to a more local ground. To be totally honest, I didn't really fancy going back to York Road for the second time in a month but the main reason why I didn't want to go there was because I would have college the next day so it would make more sense to go to a more local ground and then get home a bit earlier and get a bit more sleep.
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We did take into consideration that the Maidenhead game was free entry but I wasn't going to be finishing college until nearly 5pm and if we got stuck in traffic on the way, I would miss the start of the game and that is something I hate so we made the choice to groundhop this coming Tuesday instead. The choices we had for Tuesday were Egham Town vs Moneyfields, AFC Hayes vs Chertsey Town or Staines Lammas vs Chessington and Hook. Out of those three games, Egham Town vs Moneyfields seemed the best option as it isn't too far away and because Egham has a really good ground and is somewhere that I have wanted to visit for the past season or so.
Friday was mainly spent relaxing and Saturday was spent at Sutton United vs Hartlepool United and that game ended 1-1 and whilst at this game, I told my dad the three games that we could go to on Tuesday instead of Maidenhead vs Sutton and he also agreed that Egham would be the best option so the decision was final, we were going to Egham Town on Tuesday and I was really looking forward to it as it would allow me to tick off another ground within the M25, another ground within the Heathrow area and another ground nearer to 100! It would also be Ground 79 for me and Ground 77 on the blog!
Sunday was a day that was spent at Brooklands Museum as they had a special open day there so we decided to go back there for our 5th time. Monday was spent mainly chilling out and looking through some old Sutton programmes back from the 13/14 and 14/15 season and they brought back a lot of memories. I then listened to some music in bed and then just before I went to sleep at 9pm, I looked into the history of Egham Town FC.
Egham Town F.C. were founded in 1963 after the re-formation of Egham F.C. and their nickname is 'The Sarnies'. The club are based in the small area of Thorpe Lea just outside the centre of Egham and they currently play their home games at the Runnymede Stadium which has a capacity of 5,500 and there are 262 seats. They started out in the Parthenon League and only stayed there for one season as the changed to the Surrey Senior League. In 1967, the club joined the Spartan League and they won that same league in 1972. The club then joined the Athenian League Division Two and were champions in their first season and were promoted to the Athenian League Division One.
In 1977, the club joined the Isthmian League Division Two and in 1998, they were relegated to the Division Three. In 2002, the league was changed slightly and the club were effectively promoted to the Isthmian League Division One South. In 2004, they joined the Southern League West Division and then in 2005, they re-joined the Isthmian League and in 2006, they changed leagues again as they joined the Combined Counties League and in 2013, they were Combined Counties League champions and were promoted to the Southern League Division One Central (now Southern League Division One East) which is where they still remain.
I woke up this morning at 9:30am which was good seeing as I didn't have the best nights sleep and then chilled in bed for half an hour and then had some brunch and then watched some episodes of `Top Gear` and then I left for college at 12:25pm and today, college wasn't as chilled as I was hoping as we were going through all the assignments we had left and ended up starting a new assignment but it didn't bother me too much seeing as we only had a few weeks left. I finished college at 4:20pm and then my dad picked me up and we made the short hour or so journey to Egham.
Whilst on the way to Egham, we topped up the car with petrol and then continued onto the A3 and took the back roads into Staines which brought back memories of our old away games at Staines Town FC which was actually my first ever Sutton away game and you can read about my trip to Staines Town FC here. Once round the one-way system in Staines, we was only 5 minutes away from Egham and it was only 5:30pm by the time we arrived into Egham itself so we decided to park up and go to the high street and get Subway for dinner and I had my regular of a foot long Italian chicken salad and my dad had his usual as well.
After finishing our dinner, we walked back to the car and drove up to the Runnymede Stadium which is only a few minutes drive from the high street. We then found somewhere to park near the ground and then went inside the bar and I have to say, it doesn't really have a football club bar feeling to it, it has a more deserted pub feeling to it mainly because the area where u can buy drinks isn't very large and it is very big and needs a bit of a renovation, however there were 3 dart boards which was good but no pool table.
We stayed in the bar until 6:45pm and then went inside the ground and tonight's admission prices were £6 for my dad, £3 for me (student) and £1 for a programme, so £10 all together for admission and a programme! I have to say, that is very reasonable, if not too reasonable and is very well priced for the 8th tier! We then walked round the ground to take some pictures of the ground and this is Ground 79 for me and Ground 77 on the blog.
The Runnymede Stadium has a capacity of 5,500 and there are 262 seats. The ground is very good for the 8th tier and is more of a 6th tier ground and should be in the National League South. The main area of the ground holds the old main stand which holds all 262 seats, the changing rooms and a tea bar area. Opposite the main stand are three covered terraces situated next to each other. Behind one of the goals is a small covered terrace that can hold around 100 spectators and behind the other goal is another covered terrace that can hold around 800 spectators.
I really like this ground, it has a lot of character and has a lot of decent covered terracing and has no modern stands or terraces that ruin the look of the ground and is a perfect example of the kind of ground that I look for in non-league. I the small main stand as it look innocent by itself and the three covered terraces alongside the pitch are a decent touch to the ground as well and there isn't really anything that they could add at the moment but if they were to eventually go up to the National League South, the current main stand would have to be enlarged or replaced or another seated stand would have to be installed. Overall, it is a very decent ground for the level and is one of my favourites!
After walking round the ground to take some pictures, we had a look at the other fixtures that were taking place tonight and then with about 15 minutes left before kick off, we decided to go to the tea bar to get something to eat and there was only two food options on the menu which were a hot dog and a cheeseburger and I went for the hot dog and it was quite nice and would happily have it again if I was to go back to Egham. My dad also got a tea and we then went behind in the main stand to watch the teams come out and when they did come out, I took a few pictures and we then went behind the goal that Egham were kicking towards.
The game kicked off and we had to wait a while for the first chance as the first chance of the game came on 15 minutes when Egham had a shot at goal but the Moneyfields goalkeeper comfortably saved the shot. The next chance of the game came on 20 minutes when Moneyfields had a shot on goal that saved by the Egham keeper and after 20 minutes, it was still 0-0. Two minutes later, Egham then had another shot but it went wide and then 12 minutes after that chance, Egham were awarded a corner and the ball was sent into the box and the Egham player got a head on the ball and the ball went in the top corner and it was 1-0 to Egham. 4 minutes after that, there was a small scramble in the box but Egham weren't able to make it 2-0 and then on 44 minutes, Moneyfields made it 1-1 by a shot inside the box and that was it for the first half.
Half time and it was Egham Town 1-1 Moneyfields, so far the game hadn't had too many chances but was entertaining and that was the main thing and there had been a bit of atmosphere from the young supporters behind the goal who were cheering on Egham and that was good to see. We clapped off both teams and then walked round to the tea bar again and I decided I may as well get the cheeseburger as well seeing as there are only two food options on the menu and again it tasted quite nice and I would also have it again if I was to come back to Egham and would recommend both food options! My dad got another tea and we then went and sat back in the main stand and saw that Sutton were 2-0 down at Maidenhead which was quite disappointing and then the teams came back out.
The second half started and we had to wait 17 minutes for the first chance and it was Moneyfields who had the first chance of the second half as they had a soft shot at the Egham goal but the goalkeeper was on hand to keep it at 1-1 and then 2 minutes later, Moneyfields had another chance to score but their shot went over goal. Another two minutes later, Egham had their first chance of the second half as they headed the ball just past the post from a corner. On 70 minutes, Moneyfields had another shot at goal but the Egham goalkeeper pulled off an amazing save but 12 minutes after that, Moneyfields took the lead via a shot that looked more like a cross and the very few travelling fans cheered and the final chance of the game came on 83 minutes when Egham had a shot over goal and the game finished Egham Town 1-2 Moneyfields.
We walked out of the ground feeling upset that Egham didn't get anything from the game but it had been a good evening in Surrey as we had ticked off another ground within the M25, another ground visited in the Heathrow area and was another ground nearer to 100! We left the ground at 9:40pm and whilst on the way back, we saw Sutton had lost 2-1 which wasn't good and we also passed Staines Town FC which again brought back memories of our two visits there and I got home at 10:30pm and went straight to bed as I have college the next morning.
I would highly recommend going to Egham Town FC because they are a friendly club, the food is quite good and the ground is very good for the level and is a groundhop that you will really enjoy and it makes a good day out even if you live a short drive away like us. However, if you are looking for a big crowd and good atmosphere, then Egham will not tick those boxes unfortunately but even I enjoyed the visit even with a small ground and little atmosphere! All in all, we spent around £20 inside the ground and it was well worth it, good value for money!
Rating:
Stadium: 9/10
Bar: 7/10
Food and Drink: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Friendliness: 8/10
Value For Money: 8/10
Overall Rating: 7/10