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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Ipswich Wanderers 3 Stowmarket Town 1 (aet)

FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay
SEH Sports Ground, Ipswich

Ipswich Wanderers and Stowmarket Town swapped divisions at the end of last season. Wanderers finishing as Champions of Ridgeons League Division One, while the ‘Stow’ finished third bottom in the Ridgeons Premier League and were relegated. For Ipswich Wanderers the Championship victory, their second for the record, is quite a feat considering the club only came into existence in 1980 and as a boys under-14 side at that. Two years later, and by now an adult side, they joined the Ipswich Sunday League, working there way up through its ranks until 1987 when they became founder members of the Ridgeons First Division (sponsored by Jewson’s at the time). Their first title was won in 1998 and they remained in the top flight for five seasons before dropping back down to Division One in 2003.

Former Ipswich Town, Tottenham, Northampton and Colchester midfielder Jason Dozzell (pictured above) became player/manager at the start of the following season – his first coaching role. Under Dozzell the Wanderers finished a creditable ninth but last campaign swept all before them finishing on an unbeaten run of 26 games. Dozzell, now converted to a centre-half, marshaled his defence to six clean sheets in their last six games as they clinched the Division One title. And they’ve got off to a flying start this campaign too currently lying in second place behind AFC Sudbury with nine points from twelve.

The two sides had played out a 2-2 draw at Stow’s Greens Meadow ground on Saturday with the Wanderers apparently lucky to escape with a replay, and the visitors seemed keen to put that right from the off, taking the lead after 10 minutes. But Dozzell’s men leveled six minutes later and surprisingly their next goal didn’t arrive until the 25th minute of extra time. That goal killed off the prospect of a penalty shoot-out and Wanderers third followed just a minute before the final whistle.

Match: 16 (2005/06) 1,260 (Lifetime)

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Ipswich Town 0 Preston North End 4

Coca-Cola Championship
Portman Road, Ipswich

Words to follow.

Match: 15 (2005/06) 1,259 (Lifetime)

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Long Melford 0 AFC Sudbury 1

FA Cup Preliminary Round
Stoneylands, Long Melford

When I first moved to Suffolk as a nipper, Long Melford, a village close to our family home, was a sleepy Suffolk backwater. But as is the case with the rest of this neck of East Anglia the last twenty years have seen a boom in population, industry and tourism. Hall Street, the main north-south road through the three-mile long village, now boasts a plethora of antique shops along with book stores, fashion outlets and other signs of gentrification all set in a picturesque mix of Tudor beams, Georgian facades and Victorian terraces. Melford, as well as featuring heavily in BBC’s “Lovejoy” series a few years back, also boast an imposing 15th century church which dominates the north end of the village. Built primarily with wool trade money it puts many cathedrals to shame. There is also Kentwell Hall (“Toad Hall” in Terry Jones’ 1996 movie version of “The Wind in the Willows”) and many other buildings of interest.

Set a hundred yards back from the main road is Stoneylands the unpretentious home of Long Melford FC. The club’s first recorded game was way back in 1868 when Melford beat Ipswich Rangers 5-1, and one of their earliest players, William Melville Cobbold, played centre-forward for England against Scotland, Ireland and Wales between 1883 and 1888. In the 1887/88 season, having lost just a single game and having beaten every other side in the region they challenged mighty Ipswich Town to a match. Town declining on the basis that it would be injurious to their reputation if they were to play “little village teams”. Much more recently, in 2002 Melford were promoted to the Ridgeons Eastern Counties League, in 2003 won the Suffolk Senior Cup for the eight time in their 137 year history, and in 2004 enjoyed a successful run in the early stages of the FA Cup that was ended by Yeading, who would later take on Newcastle United in round 3 proper.

The draw for the preliminary round of this seasons FA Cup competition had pitched the home side against local neighbours AFC Sudbury, who last April clinched their fourth consecutive Ridgeons Premier League title. AFC Sudbury was formed as recently as 1999 when Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers merged to make it the newest senior side in East Anglia. Sudbury Town reached the second round proper of the FA Cup in 1996, knocking out Brighton & Hove Albion in round one while the current club have been losing FA Vase Finalists for the last three seasons.

The competition may have lost a lot of its sheen and import as the result of stupidity and greed in the boardrooms of the FA and England’s more senior club’s over the past few years, but at this level at least it still retains some of it’s old magic – enough at least to attract a healthy crowd of 448. And they weren’t to be disappointed with what proved to be an entertaining game albeit with a slightly unfair result. With numerous chances to have clinched victory in normal time, AFC’s winner came an incredible 9 minutes into added time at the end of the regulation 90. Melford - looking good value for a replay having withstood a late barrage from their more illustrious visitors, and with ‘keeper Glen Johnson in inspired form - finally succumbed when Andy Claydon shot through a crowd of players to find the net.

Match: 14 (2005/06) 1,258 (Lifetime)

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

FC Fleetlands 0 Clanfield 2

Wessex League Division Three
Lederle Lane, Gosport

There are limits to which I will go to watch a game and driving 20-odd miles and then standing for 90 minutes in the pouring rain is above an beyond. So the Wessex League Two fixture between Romsey Town and Whitchurch United last night was given a miss and so another visit to Lederle Lane, Gosport was in order to round off my stay in Hampshire (well the second half of Fleetlands v Clanfield anyway).

If you would like a quick recap of the grounds I have visited during my stay down south (9 grounds in 6 weeks is reasonably good going I think) try this wonderful new gadget by GmapTrack which allows you to build customised Google Maps complete with markers to highlight places of interest. Very clever.

Back to the more familiar territory of the Ridgeons Eastern Counties League next week after Town v PNE this Bank Holiday Monday.

Match: 13 (2005/06) 1,257 (Lifetime)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Horndean Town 4 Petersfield Town 2

Wessex League Division Two
Five Heads Park, Horndean

Horndean Town have been finding the back of the net and conceding goals with alarming regularity during the opening the weeks of the Wessex League Two season, and after tonight’s encounter with local rivals Petersfield the “Deans” have now scored 17 goals in four games while allowing opponents to chalk up 14 at the other end.

This tempestuous encounter was never going to match the goal tally from Horndean’s home game against Downton last weekend. That match saw them trailling 2-8 at one stage before they mounted a comeback to finish the game at 5-9. Indeed it was a fairly tight affair tonight at 2-1 before Petersfield hit the self-destruct button ten minutes or so after the half-time break. Two of their number were sent-off following an exchange of punches on the far touchline and they were always going to finish as losers after that.

The Horndean Town club were formed way back in 1887 and their first recorded game was against Red Star in October of that year. Not the Belgrade one but a side from nearby Havant. Founder members of the Wessex League, Horndean had a very successful 2003/04 season. Victory in the Hampshire Floodlit Cup Final and fifth place in the Hampshire Premier League was followed last campaign by a second consecutive appearance in the Portsmouth Senior Cup final.

Meanwhile in East Anglia, what do Notts County, Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town all have in common? Yes, they’ve all knocked Ipswich out of the early stages of the Carling Cup in the past three seasons. At least the defeats at the hands of County and Rovers were on their turf whereas the latest embarrassment, by serial giant slayers Yeovil, was at Portman Road. So glad I couldn’t be there last night!

Match: 12 (2005/06) 1,256 (Lifetime)

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Hamble Aerostructures Sports & Social Club FC

Follands Park, Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire

Hamble-le-Rice became an important centre for aviation training in the early 30’s, and many famous aircraft are connected with this picturesque Hampshire village, including the ‘Ensign’ (at one time the worlds largest airliner), the ‘Folland Gnat’ (those jet things flown by the red arrows) and the Harrier Jump Jet.

Hamble ASSC originated as a works side for the factory that serviced these and other planes and indeed their Folland Park ground sits within the confines of the Smiths Industries (formerly British Aerospace, formerly Follands, formerly British Marine Aircraft) facility.

ASSC play in Division One of the Wessex League - they just avoided relegation to Division Two in May - and some far superior pictures of their neat little ground can be found at David Bauckman’s Pyramid Passion.

Hamble ASSC should not be confused with Wessex Division Three Side Hamble Club who play just a quarter of a mile further north along Hamble Lane.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Ipswich Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Coca-Cola Championship
Portman Road, Ipswich

It’s been some time since I saw 45 minutes of football as good as that played by Town in the first half against Wednesday. The Blue’s dominated, out passing and out witting the visitors. Indeed there were times when Wednesday didn’t get a touch for minutes on end, and the only disappointment when the referee blew for half-time was that they only had a one-goal lead to show for it.

A mini injury crisis at FPR saw our new frontline of Nicky Forster and Sam Parkin, central defender Jason DeVos and ‘keeper Lewis Price all sidelined. In their place the teenage strike force of Dean Bowditch and Dean McDonald (debut), full-back Fabian Wilnis forced to play out of place in the centre and 18-year-old Shane Supple making his first senior start between the sticks. If you consider that the side also contained four other youngsters who had only made their senior debuts in the past fortnight you can understand why many Ipswich fans approached the game with a great deal of trepidation.

But it all clicked into place with a team performance that oozed enthusiasm and a will to win. A triple substitution on the hour mark by the Owls forced Town to play deep for a while but also led to them increasing their lead ten minutes later when they hit Wednesday on the break. The visitors pulled one back with less than 10 minutes to go but there was never any doubt as to who would take all three points.

Great stuff.

Match: 11 (2005/06) 1,255 (Lifetime)

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Friday, August 19, 2005

West Leigh Park

To conclude this weeks flurry of activity down in Hampshire a hastily "sewn" together panorama of Havant & Waterlooville's West Leigh Park can be found here.

Skif will be pleased!

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

FC Fleetlands 2 Ordnance Survey 1

Wessex League Division Three
Lederle Lane, Gosport

Lederle Lane lays kitty-corner across the northern end of Portsmouth Harbour from Wicor Recreation Ground (the venue for last nights ‘hop’) and directly across the road from my current Gosport based employers.

Not only is it amazingly convenient but perhaps one of the few grounds that contains a giant wind-sock, being located as it is adjacent to a helicopter landing pad, and one were there is the constant danger of being hit by an errant golf ball as its also borders a 9-hole course.

Fleetlands, from what I gathered tonight, are the works side of nearby DARA (Defence Aviation Repair Agency) Fleetlands who maintain helicopters for the three branches of Britains armed services and also those of NATO members. Which would help explain the landing pad.

The same division as last nights kicking fest but a league apart in terms of the skill and entertainment on offer. Two teams with very different strategies though. Fleetlands opting for the patient build-up. Ordnance Survey going for the hit ‘em on the break by walloping it upfield to the big pacy bloke route. One-one at the break with both sides exchanging goals either side of the thirty-five minute mark, and the home side conjuring up the decider with 10-minutes to go.

I have never forgiven the OS for turning down my application many many years ago for a position as trainee cartographer at their Southampton offices but I overcame the urge to punch the air when the winner hit the net.

Match: 10 (2005/06) 1,254 (Lifetime)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

AFC Portchester 0 Netley Central Sports 0

Wessex League Division Three
Wicor Recreation Ground, Portchester

The Wicor Recreation Ground, despite a most unwelcoming entrance (see picture above), is actually a very pleasant park located at the northern end of Portsmouth Harbour. Portchester, up until the 1800’s, was an important natural harbour in its own right, with a fort dating back to the Roman era, until the development of seas defences at Portsmouth proper caused it to silt-up.

Tonight’s venue is actually a roped-off area in the north-east corner of the park offering nothing in the way of facilities for spectators and just some rather rudimentary changing facilities for the players. But then we are talking level seven of the national pyramid here. AFC Portchester have approached Fareham Borough Council with proposals to develop Wicor but there doesn’t appear to have been any movement on that front as yet – unless the strategically placed skip was the council’s response of course.

As for the game, while never promising anything remotely resembling a decent attempt on goal, it did threatened on a number of occasions to lose control of itself. In the second-half a Portchester player was dismissed following a second yellow card for dissent. Why he had to argue with the referee for several minutes following a perfectly legitimate (in my view) offside decision only he knows. After he had stormed off in the flurry of expletives, thrown his shirt to the ground and given a water bottle a good kicking, one of his team mates lunged at the Netley ‘keeper with a waist high challenge that left the visitors No. 1 writhing in agony. That was enough for me and I took my leave successfully navigating the car passed the skip for the second time this evening.

Match: 9 (2005/06) 1,253 (Lifetime)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Petersfield Town 2 Alresford Town 1

Wessex League Division Two
Love Lane, Petersfield

Petersfield, says the increasingly useful and reliable WikiPedia, is “a vibrant ancient market town, originally built as a Norman 'new town' at the end of the 11th Century.” And a splendid place it proved to be too for day two of this week’s gruelling schedule of four groundhops in as many days.

The online encyclopaedia also mentions the impressive Church of St. Peter, which as cricket is very much in vogue at the moment, leads onto an interesting bit of sporting trivia. The churchyard, just off the main square in the town centre, is the final resting place of John Small, the famous right-handed batsman. Small dominated the game for two decades from the 1760’s and also designed the first straight edged cricket bat, whose design is encompassed in today’s modern equivalent.

But back to the evening’s main theme. The local football club, Petersfield Town, was founded in 1993 following the demise of the town’s previous side Petersfield United. Birmingham City and former Fulham keeper Maik Taylor once played for the Love Lane outfit, who at one time were managed by former Spurs and England defender Gary Stevens. Spats with the local council over the lease for the ground forced the club to resign from the Wessex League at the end of the 1994/95 season only for them to reapply and be readmitted for 1995/96. Promotion from Divison Three to Division Two was achieved back in 1999 and they have remained at that level since.

Half a dozen large oak trees dominate one end of the Love Lane ground which just ouzes quaintness [is in desparate need of attention]. From the makeshift turnstile to the old and dilappidated 50-seater wooden stand along the lower touchline (the pitch has a wicked slope) this is what ground hopping is all about. The club have a decent club house though and serve up your half-time beverage in a proper porcaline mug whilst a visit to the gents is made complete by provision of a proper linen hand towel.

As for the match it was an entertaining enough affair (certainly very good value for the £3 admission) with all three goals coming in the first half. Visitors Alresford took an early lead, taking advantage of a lose ball in the six-yard box following an excellent save by the home side’s ‘keeper. The pacy frontline of Petersfield, however, soon had the game back level and produced the winner around the 30 minute mark with a break that saw one of the strike force take on and beat a defender inside the box before unselfishly squaring the ball for his team mate to score from 10-yards.

Tomorrow night I’m faced the choice of Denmark v England live on Sky or the Wessex League Division Three clash between FC Portchester v Netley Central Sports in the flesh at Cranleigh Road. It’s a no brainer really!

Match: 8 (2005/06) 1,252 (Lifetime)

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Havant & Waterlooville 0 Sutton United 1

Nationwide Conference South
Westleigh Park, Havant

To be quite honest I don’t think I had ever heard of Havant & Waterlooville FC until I discovered the excellent Hobo Tread which is written and illustrated by fellow stadium enthusiast, and Havant fan, Skif. I know barely little more either about their opponents tonight Sutton United other than a vague recollection of their FA Cup exploits of the late eighties/early nineties that saw them knock-out then top flight Coventry City. I seem to recall that the Sky Blue’s featured midfielder Steve Sedgley in their losing line-up. Sedgley later went on to play for Tottenham, Wolves and my very own Ipswich Town.

Havant, or the “The Hawks”, signed former crazy gang member Dean Holdsworth last season, a campaign that saw him register 33 goals and become a firm favourite with the home fans. Deano, however, is not a popular man in my home county of Suffolk.

As a Bolton player he is less than fondly remembered running down the touchline in front of the Britannia Stand, Portman Road, with a finger to his lips in mocking celebration following his goal in the 2000 First Division Play-Off semi-final. His strike had put visitors Bolton ahead of Ipswich on aggregate on the night.

But Town fans had the last laugh though as the Blue’s were 5-3 victors in a highly-charged second-leg, went onto beat Barnsley in a classic final at Wembley, ploughed-up the Premiership the following season to qualify for the UEFA Cup, beat Inter Milan 1-0 in the 3rd Round, etc, etc. But I digress.

As a Havant player, and having watched the Hawks play twice now in two-weeks, Holdsworth is a decent playmaker at this level and is involved in the build-up play for most of the Hawks more promising attacks but, tonight at least, also suffers from being their most profligate player in front of goal.

An entertaining and evenly balanced contest was settled by a 79th minute goal from Sutton’s (and former Fulham youngster) Luke Cornwall that sent the 80-plus visiting fans from Surrey into rapturous celebration. So Havant start the season with two straight 0-1 reverses while Sutton, as their supporters happily chanted at the end of the game, top the Conference South - for the time being at least. Which leads me to the final paragraph of this blog entry.

Having been fed a diet of mostly League football over the past twenty years it is quite strange to see fans switching ends at half-time, as happened tonight, and, if the fancy takes you, being able to walk unhindered around the whole ground. I think the last time I did that at a top-flight ground I still wore shorts to school and Jim Callaghan was PM. Or was it Edward Heath?

Match: 7 (2005/06) 1,251 (Lifetime)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Eastleigh 10 AFC Totton 0

The Mayor of Eastleigh's Challenge Shield
Sparshatts Stadium, Eastleigh

After the disappointment of missing out on the visit of Newport IOW to Privett Park, Gosport last night due to my car developing a flat battery, tonight it was off along the A27 from my temporary base in Fareham to Eastleigh for this week’s groundhop in the leafy northern suburbs of Southampton.

Although a game with a grand title this was for all intents and purposes a final warm-up game for Nationwide Conference South side Eastleigh - prior to their first ever game in the Conference this weekend - against near neighbours AFC Totton.

A run of fourteen unbeaten games at the end of last season, topped by victory in the play-offs, had helped secure promotion from the Ryman Isthmian Premier League to the Conference for the newly christened “Spitfires”.

The club ran a competition during the summer to help chose a new nickname for the team and “Spitfires” was a clear winner. The much vaunted WWII fighter planes were built at nearby Southampton Airport, then Eastleigh Airfield, the first one taking to the air in March 1936.

Eastleigh’s home is the neat, tidy and tree lined Sparshatts Stadium, which has benefited from the club’s recent two year run of success that has seen them finish as runaway winners of the Wessex League in 2003, and finish fourth third in their two seasons in the Isthmian League, before promotion to the Conference last May. A brand new stand was officially opened by Southampton Chairman Rupert Lowe last summer, and various other improvements, including cover behind one goal, make this a pleasant venue – at a cost.

An apologetic note on Eastleigh’s official site regarding increased ticket prices following their promotion to the Conference, says the clubs success has be payed for by someone. £9 is now the cost of admission to a first team game (which in my opinion compares very favourably with the £48 quid it will cost away fans to see their side tonked at Stamford Bridge this season).

With the threat of a penalty shoot-out should the game finish level at the end of the regulation ninety minutes Eastleigh tore into their visitors from the off and where one-up inside the first ten minutes.

It became a blur of goals and goal attempts from that point on, as the home side, in crisp clean and freshly pressed kit of white shirts and blue shorts, hogged possession and limited their visitors from the other side of Southampton, in an equally smart strip of blue and white stripes and white shorts, to the odd sortie up the other end of the field.

Four nil at the half and another six in the second more than comfortably secured the Mayor’s shield for Eastleigh.

Ordinarily missing two-goals would be quite irritating but on this occasion as there were eight others it made no difference, particularly as they were in the dying minutes of the game and I had made by leave early to escape the rush for the car park exit.

So my third south coast ground in three weeks with plans to visit a whopping four more next week as the Conference South & Wessex League's kick-off in earnest: Havant & Waterlooville this coming Monday, Petersfield Town on Tuesday, AFC Portchester on Wednesday and Fleetlands FC on Thursday, as they take on respectively Sutton United, Alresford Town, Netley Central Sports and Ordnance Survey.

Match: 6 (2005/06) 1,250 (Lifetime)

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Ipswich Town 1 Cardiff City 0

Coca-Cola Championship
Portman Road, Ipswich

A good start to the season for Town although they will consider themselves fortunate to have caught Cardiff City early in the season while their influx of new players are still ‘gelling’ under new manager Steve Jones. The Bluebirds will do well this season once they have sorted themselves out (But a boardroom partnership of Hamman and Risdale?).

Town though lined-up with quite a few changes themselves. Lewis Price and Owen Garvan in for Kelvin Davies and Tommy Miller (both now at Sunderland), and a new striking partnership up front in the form of Nicky Forster and Sam Parkin (replacing Darren Bent and Shefki Kuqi who have upped and left for, respectively, Charlton and Blackburn). There were also debuts for Canadian youngster Jaime Peters and Monaco loanee Jimmy Juan.

The game was played at a reasonable, although not always entertaining, pace with Price pulling off a super save towards the end to prevent the “Men Of Harlech” from equalising Forsters debut goal. The referee, who had had an excellent first 80 minutes gave some very peculiar decisions against Town in the final 10 but we held on well to claim all the points.

Match: 5 (2005/06) 1,249 (Lifetime)

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Gosport Borough 4 Locks Heath 2

Privett Park, Gosport

The weather on my two visits to Boro’s Privett Park this past week has conspired to severely limit my pictures of this tidy and welcoming ground. Last Tuesday it really lashed it down while this evening the sun was so low and bright behind the grandstand that my attempts to photograph it were all over exposed. The trails and tribulations of the groundhopper eh!

For this game I sat just to the left of the enclosed press box in the centre of the grandstand. Unfortunately Privett Park was a summer target for vandals who amongst other things targeted the box which now sports several broken panes of glass but, to his credit, does not spoil the excellent coverage of key moments of the game by the clubs announcer who sits within. From this vantage point who you also get a clear view of the damage caused by an arson attack on the cricket pavilion which lies just outside the walls of the ground and sits in what is otherwise quite an attractive park.

One of Privett Park’s feature’s that I hadn’t noticed on my rain sodden debut last week is a wood and metal structure, not unlike a large bus shelter, just behind the team ‘dugouts’. On the opposite side of the pitch from the grandstand, and painted in the Boro’s colour of Yellow and Blue, this is Harry’s Shed, and was constructed by former Club President the late Harry Mizen and his friends and was their vantage point for home games until his death last year.

As for the game another straight forward enough pre-season warm up victory for the Boro’ against an occasionally plucky Locks Heath their nearby Wessex League Division Three neighbours.

Match: 4 (2005/06) 1,248 (Lifetime)

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Fareham Town 0 Havant & Waterlooville 3

Cams Alders, Fareham

Fareham Town’s Cams Alders ground, it has to be said, is not the most attractive of sporting venues. The ground, which I get to pass a couple of times a day (my B&B is just around the corner), is enclosed by a nasty looking concrete fence whose panels where painted, many years ago judging by their condition, in the clubs colours of red and white. Inside, the pitch is surrounded by a now disused running track, which means that the grandstand is set a good twenty-five feet from the playing surface. While a comfortable place to sit for the game it does make you feel somewhat remote from the action.

However, what there is is well maintained and the home fans are a friendly enough bunch - augmented tonight by a good thirty or so visiting supporters - while the pre-match burger & chips, and the half-time cup of tea, were most acceptable.

The club have had an unremarkable history. One time members of the Southern League they joined the Wessex League in 1998 and currently compete in its top tier. They were FA Trophy semi-finalists in 1987 and two seasons later enjoyed one of their more successful FA Cup runs, making it through four qualifying rounds before succumbing to Torquay United in the first round proper. They did hold the Devon side to a two-two draw away, however, before losing the replay at Cam Alders 3-2.

On the pitch tonight, Conference South side Havant, with former Wimbledon & Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth leading the line, proved too strong for their hosts, running out comfortable winners. “Deano” bagging the second of their three unanswered goals from the penalty spot.

Match: 3 (2005/06) 1,247 (Lifetime)

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Ground Visit Record


AFC Bournemouth
(Fitness First Stadium)

AFC Portchester
(Wicor Recreation Ground)

AFC Sudbury
(King's Marsh Stadium)

AFC Totton
(Testwood Park)

Aldershot Town
(Recreation Ground)

Alton Town
(Alton (Bass) Sports Ground)



Aston Villa
(Villa Park)



Basildon United
(Gardiners Close)

Billericay Town
(New Lodge)

Birmingham City
(St Andrews)

Blackburn Rovers
(Ewood Park)

(Bloomfield Road)

Bolton Wanderers
(Reebok Stadium)

Bolton Wanderers
(Burnden Park)

Boston United
(York Street)

Bradford City
(Valley Parade)

Braintree Town
(Cressing Road)

Brantham Athletic
(Brantham Athletic Sports & Social Club)

(Griffin Park)

Brighton & Hove Albion
(Withdean Stadium)

Brighton & Hove Albion
(Goldstone Ground)

Bristol City
(Ashton Gate)

Bristol Rovers

(Hayes Lane)

(Turf Moor)

(Gigg Lane)

Bury Town
(Ram Meadow)

Cambridge City
(Milton Road)

Cambridge United
(Abbey Stadium)

Charlton Athletic
(The Valley)

Chelmsford City
(New Writtle Street)

Chelmsford City
(Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre)

(Stamford Bridge)

Chester City
(Saunders Honda Stadium)

Colchester United
(Layer Road)

Cornard United
(Blackhouse Lane)

Coventry City
(Ricoh Arena)

Coventry City
(Highfield Road)

Crewe Alexandra
(Gresty Road)

Crystal Palace
(Selhurst Park)

Dagenham & Redbridge
(Victoria Road)

(Watling Street)

Debenham Leisure Centre

Derby County
(Pride Park)

Derby County
(Baseball Ground)

Diss Town
(Brewers Green Lane)

(Sparshatts Stadium)

Ely City
(Unwin Ground)

(Goodison Park)

Fareham Town
(Cams Alders)

FC Clacton
(Rush Green Bowl)

FC Fleetlands
(Lederle Lane)

Felixstowe & Walton United
(Dellwood Avenue)

Framlingham Town
(Sports Ground)

(Craven Cottage)


(Emerald Park)

Gosport Borough
(Privett Park)

Great Yarmouth Town
(Wellesley Recreation Ground)

Grimsby Town
(Blundell Park)

Hadleigh United

Halstead Town
(Rosemary Lane)

Hamble ASSC
(Follands Park)

Harwich & Parkeston
(Royal Oak)

Havant & Waterlooville
(West Leigh Park)

Heybridge Swifts
(Scraley Road)

(Glass World Stadium)

Horndean Town
(Five Heads Park)

Huddersfield Town
(Leeds Road)

Hull City
(KC Stadium)

Hull City
(Boothferry Park)

Ipswich Town
(Portman Road)

Ipswich Wanderers
(SEH Sports Ground )


Leeds United
(Elland Road)

Leicester City
(Walkers Stadium)

Leicester City
(Filbert Street)

(Victory Road)

Leyton Orient
(Brisbane Road)

Lincoln City
(Cincil Bank)


Long Melford

Lowestoft Town
(Crown Meadows)

Luton Town
(Kenilworth Road)

Manchester City
(Maine Road)

Manchester United
(Old Trafford)

(Ayresome Park)

(The New Den)

(The Den)

MK Dons
(National Hockey Stadium)

MK Dons

Needham Market

Netley Central Sports
(Station Road Recreation Ground)

Newcastle United
(St James' Park)

Newmarket Town
(Cricket Field Road)

Northampton Town
(County Ground)

Norwich City
(Carrow Road)

Nottingham Forest
(City Ground)

Notts County
(Meadow Lane)

Peterborough United
(London Road)

Petersfield Town
(Love Lane)

Plymouth Argyle
(Home Park)

Port Vale
(Vale Park)

(Fratton Park)

Preston North End

Queens Park Rangers
(Loftus Road)

(Madejski Stadium)

(Oakside Stadium)

Romsey Town
(Bypass Ground)

Rotherham United

Saffron Walden Town
(Catons Lane)

Salisbury City
(Raymond McEnhill Stadium)

Scunthorpe United
(Glanford Park)

Sheffield United
(Bramall Lane)

Sheffield Wednesday

Shrewsbury Town
(Gay Meadow)

Shrewsbury Town
(Prostar Stadium)

Soham Town Rangers
(Julius Martin Lane)

(St Mary's)

(The Dell)

Southend United
(Roots Hall)

St Albans City
(Clarence Park)

Stanway Rovers
(New Farm Road)

Stockport County
(Edgeley Park)

Stoke City
(Britannia Stadium)

Stoke City
(Victoria Ground)

Stowmarket Town
(Green Meadows Stadium)

(Stadium of Light)

Swaffham Town
(Shoemakers Lane)

Swindon Town
(County Ground)

Thetford Town
(Mundford Road)

Tiptree United
(Chapel Road)

Tottenham Hotspurs
(White Hart Lane)

United Services Portsmouth
(Victory Stadium)

(Vosper Thornycroft Sports Ground)

(Bescot Stadium)

(Fellows Park)

Walsham Le Willows
(Walsham Sports Club Ground)

(Vicarage Road)

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

West Bromwich Albion
(The Hawthorns)

West Ham United
(Upton Park)

Whitton United
(King George V Playing Field )

Wigan Athletic
(JJB Stadium)

(Plough Lane)

Winchester City
(Denplan City Ground)

Witham Town
(Spa Road)

Wivenhoe Town
(Broad Lane)

(Kingfield Stadium)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Woodbrige Town
(Notcutts Park)

Worcester City
(St. Georges Lane)


Cardiff City
(Ninian Park)


(Pittodrie Stadium)

Heart of Midlothian
(Tynecastle Stadium)


Northern Spirit
(North Sydney Oval)


SW Wacker Innsbruck
(Tivoli Stadion)


RSC Anderlect
(Constant Vanden Stock Stadium)

FC Brugge

SV Zulte-Waregem


FC Kobenhavn
(Gladsaxe Stadion)

Helsingor IF
(Helsingor Stadion)


FC Flora
(Lillekula Stadium)


HJK Helsinki
(Finnair Stadium)

(Hietalahti Stadium)

Tampere United
(Tammelan Stadium)


(G.Guichard Stadium)


1. FC Koeln
(Mungersdorfer Stadion)

Borussia Dortmund
(Westfalenstadion )

1. FC Union Berlin
(Stadion An der Alten Försterei)


AZ Alkmaar
(Alkmaarder Hout)

AZ Alkmaar
(Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam)

FC Dordrecht
(GN Bouw Stadion)

FC Groningen

FC Utrecht
(Galgenwaard Stadion)

(De Kuip)

NEC Nijmegen
(Goffert Stadium)

PEC Zwolle

PSV Eindhoven
(Philips Stadion)

SC Heerenveen
(Abe Lenstra Stadium)

Twente Enschede
(Arke Stadion)

Twente Enschede
(Diekman Stadion)

Vitesse Arnhem

Willem II
(Willem II Stadion)


Bray Wanderers
(Carlisle Grounds)

Dublin City
(Tolka Park)


Inter Milan
(San Siro)


Avenir Beggen
(Stade Josy-Barthel)


Skeid Oslo


Widzew Lodz
(Stadion LKS)


(Nou Camp)

Real Madrid
(San Bernabeu)

(Luis Casanova)


Orgryte IS
(Gamla Ullevi (Old))

Helsingborgs IF
(Olympia Stadium)

Landskrona Bois

Malmo FF
(Malmo Stadion)

Mjallby AIF

Trelleborgs FF

IFK Goteborg


Chicago Sting
(Comiskey Park I)

Chicago Sting
(Wrigley Field)

Chicago Sting
(Chicago Stadium)

Chicago Sting
(Rosemont Horizon)

Chicago Sting
(Rockford MetroCenter)

Chicago Vultures

Milwaukee Bavarians
(Bavarian Center)

Schwaben AC
(Schwaben Center)

Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Tampa Bay Stadium)