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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby H4L » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:02 am

Ha! I played at Enfield for my school. Quality!!!!
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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby h69 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:24 am

cockneyhammer wrote:ok lets have a look at enfield i had the pleasure of going here once i was on a job and we drove past the ground i got our driver to pull over and lucky enough the gates was open so we had a wander in people say you have to go to a game for it to count i disagree as long as you get in to have a look it is good enough for me sadly another ground gone now
sure i have some photos i took on the day tucked away somewhere


as said befor if there is a ground you would like to see featured let me know or if you have any photos of grounds you have been to post it up on this thread it would be fantastis to have a look at them


I used to go and watch Enfield at Southbury Road when West Ham were not playing as they were my local team. A shame what happened to them.
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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby cockneyhammer » Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:30 pm

today we have a look at gloucester city


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they now groundshare with evsham united

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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby H4L » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:54 am

Great work with Gloucester. There old ground looked like a really good place to watch football. The new ground doesn't look to bad either.
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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby cockneyhammer » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:14 am

H4L wrote:Great work with Gloucester. There old ground looked like a really good place to watch football. The new ground doesn't look to bad either.




thanks mate i used to love going to new non league grounds \yes you are right looked a great kittle ground i think they might be rebuilding it
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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby cockneyhammer » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:32 pm

ok today we have a look at wisbech town who played at fenland park


According to Les Ferdinand, Fenland Park, home of Wisbech Town is the most intimidating venue he ever played at in a career spanning over two decades! It sounds slightly dubious, but even with that in mind, not to mention the clubs imminent departure, I was determined to make the journey, choosing the final competitive game against Dereham as the one to go to.
Billed as ‘The Capital of the Fens’, Wisbech is situated right on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border, so it wasn’t too bad a journey, setting out just after 7:30am and arriving some four hours later, having had to wait in Peterborough for a coach to Wisbech itself due to no trains serving the town. After arriving, then I spent the next few hours in the centre, which is a quiet, pleasant little market town, grabbing a drink before it was time to make my way down to the ground.

From the outside, there isn’t a lot to see other than a potholed car park and the turnstiles sandwiched in between neighbouring houses, but once in, then the ground opens up into a splendid sight that you just wonder where to start looking at first! Beginning with where you come in is the Lerowe Road End, where a small covered terrace fills most of the width of the pitch and has the boardroom to one side and the changing rooms/clubhouse to the other with the turnstiles and club shop immediately behind it. Over to the left sits the Main Stand with uncovered terracing flanking it either side. The stand itself features five rows of rather uncomfortable seats welded onto the concrete with no backrests, whilst behind it sits a toilet block that has been reclaimed by nature (see pic) and subsequently cordoned off from the fans! The far end is similar to the Lerowe Road End, with five steps of terracing mostly covered, whilst along the near side sits the Fenman Stand, which started life as a Dutch barn, donated to the club and covers the central section of terracing, although the rear of it is quite unusual, with a flat section above the terracing which is covered with dirt and sectioned off from fans. As well as the toilet block, nature has been fighting back on all sides with sections of terracing at the far end grassed over, but this just adds to what is a fantastic ground full of character.

Having taken a few pictures, then there was time for a drink in the clubhouse, before 3pm came round and it was ready to kick-off the last league match to take place here. Wisbech had had a bad start to the season and were sitting in the relegation zone, but it was them that started the brighter, Nick Impey in the 3rd minute smashing a shot against the woodwork as a warning to the visitors. They took the lead in the 19th minute when Scott Cubberley was played in down the centre and managed to chip the onrushing ‘keeper to make it 1-0 to the home side. After that, the first half was mostly even, with neither side really creating any clear cut chances, but whatever Matt Henman said to his team at half time must have worked as the visitors came out and took control in style. The equaliser was so soon after the restart that I ended up missing it, too busy concentrating on a text message before looking up to see Nicky Howell poke the ball home through a crowd of players to make it 1-1. Whether the Wisbech players had consciously shut off is anyone’s guess, but they were made to pay 15 minutes later when Dereham won a penalty following a trip in the box, which was successfully converted to make it 2-1. After that, four goals in the space of 12 minutes sealed a rout for Dereham, starting with Howell grabbing his second on 72 minutes when he rounded the ‘keeper to hit it into an empty net, before Jason Hunt grabbed a brace which included a lob of the goalkeeper and a knock in from a corner, prior to Craig Terrington rounding the game off to a chorus of boos from the home fans when he shot home from the edge of the area. There was time for Wisbech to get a consolation, and it was even more comical than their defending when Cubberley, one on one, hit a weak shot straight at John Higgs in the goal, who bent down to pick it up, but bizarrely let the ball run straight through his hands and legs into the net, not that it made much of a difference with the referee blowing his whistle shortly afterwards to bring an end to the game.

Maybe because of the loss, or perhaps because it was the umpteenth ‘last game’ they’d seen, there was no fanfare as the fans left the ground with it being probably the worst way they’d imagined leaving their home of 61 years. After leaving myself, then I made my way home without any problems, having personally quite enjoyed the day out.

Overall, I was really glad to have got to see the ground, even if it is just the once. With character in abundance then it’s a real cracker and one that you can’t possibly help find yourself falling in love with. Normally it’s one I’d strongly recommend to go to if you haven’t been, but if you haven’t then bad luck! It really is/was one of a dying breed.

Fenland Park, 1947 - 2008.


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so sad another great little ground lost forever
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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby cockneyhammer » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:21 pm

today we take a visit to yeading


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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby cockneyhammer » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:25 am

today we have a look at dawlish town i could not find out much about this club hence the the lack of photographs as i have said if you know of any clubs i have missed please let me know also if there is on you would like me to feature


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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby H4L » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:01 pm

Fenland looked like a right place to watch football!
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Re: football grounds now defunct

Postby cockneyhammer » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:53 pm

today we have a look at leyton fc

Leyton Stadium (aka Hare and Hounds Ground) - Leyton, E10

Leyton Football Club was founded in 1868. The home ground of Leyton FC used to be at Brisbane Road before moving to the Hare and Hounds (named after the nearby pub) ground in 1937.An unconnected team called Leyton Orient then moved in to Brisbane Road.

In 1975 Leyton FC merged with Wingate FC to become Leyton-Wingate FC, until 1992 when the two clubs parted company and the name reverted to Leyton until 1995 when the club merged with Walthamstow Pennant and moved away from Leyton Stadium to become Leyton Pennant F.C. However, some people were not happy at the relocation and after a few years started up a new, separate club called Leyton Sports at the old ground and following a High Court case in 2002, won the right to be recognised as a continuation of the original club and changed their name to Leyton FC. Leyton Pennant then changed their name to Waltham Forest FC.

In January 2011, and after a short suspension from the (Isthmian League Division One North) for not paying its subscription, the club was forced to withdraw from the league due to debt.Following this, the chairman, secretary, management and players all left the club, effectively ending its existence. Until its demise Leyton FC was the second oldest existing club in Greater London, after Cray Wanderers.

The Leyton Stadium had a capacity of 4,000.Leyton FC’s last ever match saw 45 people turn up. A Sunday boy's team and a women and girls' team all flying the Leyton FC banner carried on playing at the ground for a short time afterwards.

The floodlights have been removed and the pitch is used as a car park for the Starlight Suite banqueting hall on Lea Bridge Road and the stands have been left to rot. The turnstiles which were originally sited at the old Wembley Stadium still remain.

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what a crying shane to see this would be fantastic if someone could get them back up and running they could restore the football ground back to ut's former glory. .
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