Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Culverden Stadium - Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells - Culverden Stadium

Tunbridge Wells Football Club
Culverden Stadium
Culverden Down
Royal Tunbridge Wells

Last match I went to see: Tunbridge Wells 3-0 Haywards Heath Town (After Extra Time), Tuesday 5th September 2017, FA Cup Replay.


  • Tunbridge Wells Football Club were formed in 1886 and played as an amateur side until the 1st World War, but then folded. But after many seasons of playing Friendlies, they joined the South Eastern League in 1905 followed by the Southern Amateur, Isthmian and Spartan Leagues.
  • In previous years, the club has been known as Tunbridge Wells Rangers, Tunbridge Wells United and now Tunbridge Wells.
  • As Tunbridge Wells United, they reached the 1st Round of the FA Cup proper before being knocked out 5-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion.
  • On 31st August 2005, Tunbridge Wells made history by winning the longest penalty shoot-out beating Littlehampton Town in the FA Cup 16-15.
  • In 2013, Tunbridge Wells reached the Final of the FA Vase and went to Wembley for the 1st time in the Club's history, but lost 2-1 to Spennymoor Town.
  • The club played at The Culverden Stadium. The club have been playing there since 1962 and holds 3,750 of which 250 is seated.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Hartsdown Park - Margate

Margate - Hartsdown Park

Margate Football Club
Hartsdown Park
Hartsdown Road


VISIT 1: Margate 0-0 Tonbridge Angels 15/8/17


Margate 0-0 Tonbridge Angels
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Isthmian League

My 1st visit to Hartsdown Park came in August 2017. Gillingham didn't have a game, so of course it gave me a free Tuesday night game to go to. Naturally I could have gone to a Championship game, but of course Tuesday nights are a pain really, long distance wise. Local ones in the Championship I could have done were Brentford, Millwall and Reading the closest. Brentford I've done a few times before, same with Millwall and Reading I've been a couple of times and recently just been. After looking around on Kentish Football for local games, Margate vs Tonbridge seemed a pretty decent option. After checking to see if I can get back on the trains, it wasn't a problem. So, before heading off to Margate, I was looking at Wycombe fan Russell's blog on Margate and going by his pictures, it looked a nice little ground to visit. It all changed as I checked in on Facebook that I was travelling to Margate, a couple of mates pretty much said you're not missing much, and I guessed why! For me, it's not a bad ground to visit, but it isn't great either. But I wasn't complaining too much as it was a lovely evening, beautiful weather and watching football so wasn't overally bad. Anyway, onto my visit, I left home at 5pm, and arrived into Margate at around quarter to 7. After taking some pics in the town, and having a quick look at Margate Dreamland, I headed off to the ground and got to the ground just before 7pm. I went round the ground and took quite a few pics, then got myself something to eat and drink. I only bought a portion of chips and a can of pepsi, wasn't overally hungry but was impressed with the chips at Margate, thought they tasted pretty good. For that it cost £3, weren't overally bad price wise. After that, I waited to see what end Tonbridge were shooting at and then made my way behind the goal.

Only Fools and Horses, Jolly Boys Outing. Only a part of the episode, but a classic episode as always from Only Fools and Horses.

The game itself wasn't a bad game, despite the game finishing 0-0. Both sides having chances, with Margate hitting the bar especially. The linesman certainly liked putting his flag up, especially in the 2nd half, ruling out for offsides against Tonbridge. Also, was good to see Neil towards the end of the game for a quick hello, a regular customer who comes into work who follows the Angels and also a Derby County fan. I had to leave a couple of minutes early to get my train which left at 9.53, but as I was walking away from the ground, I head the whistle go, so I didn't miss any goals anyway. Not been a bad evening at Margate, disappointing to see no goals but it wasn't a boring game to watch. Onto Saturday now, off to Milton Keynes for my 5th visit. I eventually got home just before 11.30pm.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Park Lane - Canvey Island

Canvey Island - Park Lane

Canvey Island Football Club
Park Lane
Canvey Island

Last match I went to see: Canvey Island 0-1 Gillingham, Saturday 29th July 2017, Pre-Season Friendly. 


VISIT 1: Canvey Island 0-1 Gillingham 29/7/17 (Pre-Season Friendly)


Canvey Island 0-1 Gillingham
Saturday 29th July 2017
Pre-Season Friendly

My 1st visit to Park Lane came in the Summer of 2017 when Gillingham announced their Pre-Season Friendlies list. Of course with noticing Canvey Island vs Gillingham was on there, it was a game I wanted to go to and wanted to tick it off. Of course having ticked off Canvey Island's other club Concord Rangers, and with both grounds being nowhere near the station, I was hoping to get a lift to Canvey Island, and luckily I did so. Luckily my dad managed to shift swap at work, so I ended up getting a lift with Dad to Canvey Island. I left home shortly after 12. After a delay or so on the Dartford Crossing, typical traffic going slow as per usual on the Crossing, once we crossed the Crossing, we still had plenty of time to get to the ground. We made the ground shortly after 2pm. After getting to the ground, taking some pics outside and before kick off, I made my way into the ground then onwards. I haven't really got too much to say game wise, wasn't the greatest of games to watch, found it a bit boring mainly. Our winner came on 86 minutes from a good bit of play which saw Jake Hessenthaler tap the ball into the net. We finished our Pre-Season schedule unbeaten, 7 wins and 1 draw which is pretty impressing. Whether that continues onto the new season we shall see. A good couple of days for Gills as we beat Colchester United the night before 2-1, now a win over Canvey Island, so pretty decent. Onto Doncaster Rovers away next week now, my 3rd visit back to The Keepmoat Stadium. Looking forward to it. After the game at Canvey, grabbed a bite to eat at the A13 services and arrived home just after half past 6 which wasn't too bad. Roll on next week now!