Saturday, 5 May 2018

Beveree Stadium - Hampton and Richmond

Hampton & Richmond Borough - Beveree Stadium

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Hampton & Richmond Borough Football Club
Beveree Stadium
Beaver Close
TW12 2BX


Hampton & Richmond Borough FC were formed in 1921, but then they were known as Hampton FC until 1999 when they changed their name in an attempt to draw a wider support base from around the borough. Hampton's early years as a football club was most spent in the Kingston & District and the South West Middlesex Leagues. Although they won the Kingston & District League twice in the 1930's, the club never actually managed to win the South West Middlesex League during their 26 year stay. In 1959, Hampton entered the senior football ranks as members of the Surrey Senior League despite the club being based in Middlesex. They won the League in 1964 and the club won the Spartan League 4 times, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1970. In 1971, they were elected in the Athenian League and after narrowly missing out on promotion in the 1st year, they finished runners-up to Ruislip Manor in 1973.


VISIT 1: Hampton & Richmond Borough 3-1 Truro City (Play Offs) 2/5/18


The Beveree Stadium has been the home of Hampton & Richmond Borough FC since 1959. The ground has a total capacity of 3,500 which roughly are 500 being seated and 900 in covered terracing. The record crowd at the Beveree was in 2009 with a crowd of 3,500 saw Hampton & Richmond just miss out on promotion in the Conference by Hayes & Yeading. Other than a football ground, The Beveree is also used for social events. The ground is used for a polling station for all local, general and European elections. The Beveree Stadium is a 7 minute walk from Hampton train station.


Hampton & Richmond Borough 3-1 Truro City (After Extra Time)
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Vanarama Conference South Play Offs

My 1st visit to The Beveree came in May in the Play Offs of 2018. Originally I was planning to go to Hampton a couple of months before for their game against Hungerford, but decided to leave it as had plans the next day and didn't fancy getting back late as it was another late kick off. After reading up Wycombe Wanderers fan and fellow groundhopper Russell's blog on Hampton before the day came about (you can click on Russ's blog on Hampton by clicking here) I was quite impressed with the blog and judging the pictures, it looked a very good ground with nice scenery, and I wasn't to be disappointed. I arrived at the ground just before 7pm, with admission of £12 and £3 for a programme. As I was on my way to Hampton, I happen to have realised that Sky Sports commentator and the famous man who said the words, Balotelli, AGUERROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Martin Tyler is the current Hampton & Richmond coach. Sadly I wasn't able to get a picture with him, but wasn't majorly fussed.

So, after arriving at the ground, I went round the ground and took some pictures. I was really impressed with the ground, some really nice scenery as well, was made better as the weather was decent as well. Truro took the lead early on from Andrew Neal, a huge mistake at the back which trickled into the net but also had a penalty saved to deny a 2nd goal. Hampton equalised from a neat finish but then Bradley Hudson-Odei sealed the win in extra time for the Beavers to set-up a tie with Chelmsford City on the following Sunday. I did enjoy my visit to Hampton and was glad to have ticked it off this time round.


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