Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Jubilee Field - Three Bridges

Three Bridges - Jubilee Field









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Three Bridges Football Club
Jubilee Field
Jubilee Walk
Three Bridges
Crawley
West Sussex
RH10 1LQ









BRIEF HISTORY/FACTS ABOUT THE BRIDGES:

Three Bridges Football Club was founded in 1901, playing in local leagues and in 1952-53, they became founder members of the Sussex County League and changed their name to Three Bridges United the following season. A year later they became Champions of Division Two and gained promotion to Division One but they lasted only a season at that level as they returned back to Division Two. Later on in 1964, the club reverted back to Three Bridges and in 1968-69, the club were promoted back to Division One as they finished runners-up. Relegation occurred again in 1973 but only spent 1 season in Division Two as they finished runners up again. With relegation and promotions between Division One and Two, in 1981-82, they reached the last 16 of the FA Vase before losing out at Molesey by 2-1. In 1985/86, the club finished as County League Division One runners-up, a feat they repeated both in 1987/88 and 1988/89. They were also runners-up of the RUR Cup in 2003-04 but won the same prestigious trophy in 2007/08. Hopes were high in 2010/11 as Three Bridges won their 1st 9 league games of that season, however they did win the John O'Hara League Challenge Cup for the 1st time that season beating Rye United 2-1. In the FA Cup, the furthest the club have got is the 2nd round Qualifying rounds, losing to Kingstonian in 1982, Sittingbourne in 1983 and Aveley in 2002. At the time of typing, during the season I have visited Three Bridges, the club has been knocked out of the FA Cup after a 3-2 defeat against Phoenix Sports.












THE GROUND:

Three Bridges currently play at Jubilee Field and has a capacity 1,500, with the main stand holding around 200 and another smaller stand on the side holding about 70 in total. Three Bridges train station is around a 10-15 minute walk from the ground.




MY VISIT:

Three Bridges 2-0 Sevenoaks Town
Tuesday 18th September 2018
Isthmian League South East Division




My 1st visit to Three Bridges came in September 2018. It was a choice of 3 games (picture below) Potters Bar Town v Worthing, Bowers & Pitsea v Aveley and of course Three Bridges v Sevenoaks Town. After a phenomenal 257 votes from the people of Twitter, it was a brilliant poll to follow for a week as soon as I put the poll up. Early on Three Bridges was miles in front until Bowers & Pitsea came back and were 6% up at one stage. Three Bridges came back to draw until the last 10 minutes of the poll, where Three Bridges were 2% back in front and of course that's how it stayed, with Three Bridges winning the poll. This was only my 2nd poll I've done letting the people of Twitter deciding for me on where to go for Groundhopping. My 1st one being last season with Met Police vs Wingate & Finchley (which you can read here










So, during the week that the poll was live on Twitter, I had an interesting message from a good mate of mine I've known for years, Dartford fan Phil who had voted on the poll (which was Three Bridges) saying to me about coming to the game with me if I fancied a bit of company, which of course I wouldn't say no to, always nice to have a bit of company on a Groundhopping day. So funnily enough, I saw Phil on Saturday as I arrived at Charing Cross as I was heading off to Rochdale, and he was heading off to work and let him know it was Three Bridges that won the poll and had a quick catch up. So as the week went on, my plan was to get to Three Bridges via Redhill/Tonbridge on the train, but as that might mean missing a train back and having an hour to wait, I decided to pay the extra 7 quid and go via London Bridge with only 1 change. So after deciding where to meet Phil, I left home just before 5pm and arrived into London Bridge around 5.50pm where Phil was already waiting at London Bridge and caught the next train a few minutes earlier. We arrived into Three Bridges around 6.35 and arrived at the ground around 10 minutes later. £8 admission with a £2 programme which wasn't too bad. After taking a few pictures, we then headed into the club bar, where I had a Rekordlig Strawberry & Lime, which is one of my favourite Ciders if I'm honest. Whilst having that and having a chat mainly about football on what grounds we have done and not done and just chatting in general, we got a tweet off a Crawley fan called Ross who was also heading to tonight's game, but in the end never got round to meeting, but wasn't to be helped. Afterwards Phil bought some raffle tickets, and then headed to the food bar as was getting quite hungry to this stage. I bought a Cheeseburger for £3 which was lovely and probably the best one yet so far this season. 1st half got under way and there wasn't too much between the sides with both sides having chances. Three Bridges 1st goal came from the penalty spot which did look a stonewall penalty, which saw Connor French put the ball in the net to make it 1-0. It looked like the keeper made a touch to it and it looked wide to start off with, but it did go in and Bridges made it 1-0. Before half time, the raffle numbers got announced, and luckily Phil won on the raffle which did make me laugh haha! Half time blew, and we then went to find someone who did the raffle, luckily we did and Phil picked up his prize as there was a few prizes in the raffle. Phil won a free bottle of white wine which also is one of his favourite wines apparently which was even better, so that was nice to see! 2nd half kicked off, and I was still feeling fairly peckish but also thirsty, so bought a portion of chips and a can of coke. 2nd half was pretty much the same as the 1st, with Three Bridges making it 2-0 after Trevor McGreadie on 50 minutes latching onto the keepers save from the shot to double the lead. Towards the end of the 2nd half I was hoping to see the visitors Sevenoaks pull one back to make it interesting, but sadly they didn't and that's how it stayed. It finished 2-0 to Three Bridges, with the home side picking up their 1st win of the season, and Sevenoaks staying winless with only a point so far this season. Afterwards we rushed to get the 9.43 train from Three Bridges which luckily we just made, and arrived into London Bridge around 10.38. Phil got his train a few minutes later and I left just before 11pm and arrived home shortly after 11.30pm. An enjoyable night which saw me tick off ground 140 and a good little ground to visit with some nice scenery.











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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Jockey Farm - Rusthall

Rusthall - Jockey Farm











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Rusthall Football Club
Jockey Farm
Nellington Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN4 8SH








BRIEF HISTORY/FACTS ABOUT RUSTHALL FC:

Rusthall Football Club were formed in 1899 when they registered with the Kent County Football Association and entered the Tunbridge Wells League. Their 1st silverware came in 1904-05 when they won the Tunbridge Wells League. They went on to win the League a further 10 times, the last one being in the 1951-52 season. They have also won the Tunbridge Wells senior cup a total of 13 times. They entered the Kent County Football League in 1983 and they won the Kent County League Division Two West in their 1st season, which saw them promoted to the Division One West which again they also won in their 1st season. Later on in years, for the 2011-12 season, the club was accepted into the Kent Invicta Football League which is level 10 of the Football League system for the league's inaugural season. Floodlights were installed at Jockey Farm in April 2016 in order to allow evening games to be played and also play in the FA Vase. The club won promotion to the Southern Counties East Premier Division after they finished as runners-up in Division One of the Southern Counties League. In the 2017-18 they entered the FA Cup for the 1st time in the extra preliminary round as they took on CB Hounslow at Jockey Farm which ended in a 0-0 draw. They lost the replay 2-1.




Rusthall FC Promo.







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Monday, 27 August 2018

The Camrose - Basingstoke Town

Basingstoke Town - The Camrose










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Basingstoke Town Football Club
The Camrose Stadium
Western Way
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG22 6EZ









HISTORY/FACTS ABOUT THE DRAGONS:

  • Basingstoke Town were formed in 1896, by a merger of Aldworth United and Basingstoke Albion.
  • In 1901, the club entered the Hampshire League and in 1909 the local Hants Ironworks team merged with the 'Town' club.
  • After playing at a couple of grounds in the local area, the club moved to the current ground the Camrose in 1946. The ground is named after its benefactor, the late Lord Camrose.
  • The clubs 1st success was winning the Hampshire North Division League in 1911-12. They won the league twice, again in 1919-20.
  • The club have won the Hampshire Senior Cup 7 times, more recently in 2016-17.
  • The club reached the FA Cup 1st round proper for the 1st time in 1971, they lost to Northampton Town at home 5-1.
  • In 2003-04, the club finished 14th in the Isthmian Premier Divison, entering a play off place against Lewes, although they lost 4-1, they gained a place in a new league after Hendon decided against promotion.
  • The record attendance at the Camrose is 5,085 against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup 1st round in 1997.











1ST VISIT TO BASINGSTOKE AND MORE THAN LIKELY LAST EVER VISIT TO THE CAMROSE:

Basingstoke Town 2-1 Gosport Borough
Monday 27th August 2018
Southern Football League Premier South



My original plan on Bank Holiday Monday was Lewes vs Bognor Regis Town (checking the score as I type and it happens to be 3-3, typical haha) but as there was a pain with the trains, and looking at other fixtures, I happened to have noticed Basingstoke were at home to Gosport, and hearing online they were in their final season at the Camrose, I was keen to go and tick the ground off before they leave. So deciding to go to the Camrose, and planning how to get there on Google Maps from the station, I left home shortly after half 10. After a couple of changes, and leaving Waterloo at lunchtime, I arrived into Basingstoke shortly after 1pm. A stroll to the ground and I arrived to the ground about 1.45pm. The gates weren't open, so I went in the Club Shop and had a little look in there and was fairly impressed. Saw a few books but didn't buy anything. Shortly afterwards the gates opened, and went into the ground after 2pm. £12 admission and a £1 for a programme, thought it was a bit steep for £12 to get in but wasn't majorly fussed. After walking round the ground and taking some pictures, I bought myself a cheeseburger for £4, which again I thought was a little steep. Thought the cheeseburger was ok, a little bit cold but still tasted nice. I'll give a rating of 6/10. So I went and made my way to the big stand on the side of the pitch and sat there for the game. After checking in on Facebook and other bits, the game kicked off and Basingstoke took the lead after 5 minutes from Sam Argent, a good ball in which saw a good header to make it 1-0. 2-0 came after 26 minutes from close range from Sam Deadfield, a good well worked goal as well. Gosport pulled one back before half time and were on the front foot probably the last 10-15 minutes of the game, but Basingstoke held on for 3 massive points, with 2 wins over Bank Holiday as they won at Frome Town at the weekend. Was impressed with the ground and bit surprised they're leaving the ground at the end of the season (at least) but was nice to tick the ground off for my 138th current ground. After walking back to the station, I didn't have long to wait as I caught the 17.30 train from Basingstoke and I arrived home shortly after 8pm.






THE GROUND:

The club played at Castlefields until 1945 when a site for a new ground was offered to them by Lord Camrose. The new ground was initially known as Winchester Road and consisted of a small wooden stand together with grass banking with some terracing. The ground holds 6,000 with around 651 seating.







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