Thursday, 18 October 2018

Eden Park Avenue - Beckenham Town

Beckenham Town - Eden Park Avenue

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Beckenham Town Football Club
Eden Park Avenue


The original Beckenham Town were established in the late 19th century, affiliating to the Kent County Football Association in 1887. In 1923, the club joined Division One of the London League and won Division One 5 years later which won them promotion to the Premier Division. However the club finished 2nd bottom in their 1st season in the Premier Division, they ended the 1929-30 season in last place and saw them relegated back to Division One. Following that, with promotion and relegations between Premier Division and Division One, after the club finished bottom of Division One in 1934-35 the club left the League. They had also entered a team into the Kent County Amateur League a few seasons before and continued to play in the Premier Division of the Western Section until rejoining the London League in 1951 where they were placed in the Premier Division. The club remained there for 10 years before joining the Aetolian League. This merged with the London League in 1964 to form the Greater London League which saw Beckenham get placed in Section B. A 5th place finish saw them finish in the League's inaugural season which won them a place in the Premier Division for the 1965-66 season. However, the following season they finished 2nd bottom and were relegated into Division One and the club folded in 1969. 2 years later, the club reformed in 71, and the club were based on the Stanhope Rovers junior team. The club started playing in the South East London Amateur League and  they joined Division Two of the new London Spartan League in 1975. In 1982 the club transferred to Division One of the Kent League which became the Premier Division in 1998. The club finished runners-up in 2005-06 and the Kent League was then renamed to the Southern Counties League in 2013. The club has also won the Kent Senior Trophy in 2014 and their best FA Cup runs have been the 2nd qualifying rounds 3 times, 1992-93, 2010-11 and 2011-12.


Beckenham Town 2-3 Fisher
Wednesday 17th October 2018
Southern Counties East Football League

My 1st visit to Beckenham came in October 2018. I didn't have much choice on this night so it was a fairly easy choice to make. Originally the night before I was thinking about going to Westfield v Ashford Town in the FA Trophy, but then after finding out Gills had arranged a friendly with Sevenoaks and a fiver to get in, with my dad having not been to Sevenoaks's ground before, I thought why not. I hadn't done much research on both teams heading into the game except hearing on Twitter that it was a game you couldn't possibly miss with Beckenham sitting on top of the table and Fisher fairly close being behind them in 4th.

I arrived to the ground shortly after 7pm after a quick change at London Bridge and then onto Eden Park. £8 admission and £1 programme for tonight's game. After looking at both squads, again there wasn't really anyone I recognised except for Beckenham's Nathan Paul who I believe was at Maidstone United for a brief amount of time. After doing my usual thing of going round the ground and taking photos, I took to my spot and stood on the side of the pitch. The game got under way and Fisher raced into a 2 goal lead with goals from Harry Tobin and Mathieu Ramsey putting Fisher in front. Half time came and Fisher head into the break with a deserved 2-0 lead and probably could have been more. I put my tweet up at HT, as I was quite impressed with Fisher's number 11 which turned out to be Mathieu Ramsey, a quick great feet player and not afraid to take anyone on. 2nd half, Beckenham were a completely different side and they pulled one back on early on 46 minutes from Eku Dean, a shot which took a deflection and stood the keeper with no chance to save it. Beckenham equalised a few minutes later from Shameek Farrell, a great run on the left hand side, a ball into the ball and a easy finish from Farrell. Even then Beckenham still had chances as they also hit the bar. Beckenham's hearts broke as with 18 minutes to go as I couldn't see much from the other end but it looked a scramble of a goal and they made it 3-2 thanks to Tunde Aderonmu. A brawl at the end saw Beckenham get a player sent off, and Fisher only to get a booking despite Beckenham's player got fouled, felt the ref bottled that but that's football. Great game for a neutral which saw me tick off ground 143. After the game, problems with the trains saw one get cancelled, but eventually got home shortly after midnight.


The club have been playing at Eden Park Avenue since July 1980 having previously played at Stanhope Grove. The ground has a total capacity of 4,000 with 120 seated and covered. Eden Park train station is the closest to the ground, around a 5 minute walk.


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Community Stadium - Crowborough Athletic

Crowborough Athletic - Community Stadium

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Crowborough Athletic Football Club
Crowborough Community Stadium
Fermor Road, Aldervale Cottages
East Sussex


Crowborough Athletic Football Club were formed in 1894. They played in the local leagues in the Tunbridge Wells area until the late 70's, when they joined the Sussex County League. In the early 50's, the club settled in their new home of Alderbrook Recreation Ground which is now known as the Community Stadium. Since the early 50's, they have won the Mid-Sussex Senior Charity Cup twice in 1952 and 1954. In 1977-78, the club won the Division Two Cup in the Sussex County League and remained in Division Two until relegation to Division Three in 1983-84. The club were promoted back to Division Two in 1986-87 and in 1992-93, the club were promoted to Division One after title rivals Stamco only needing a point to win the title and were promoted. They then remained in Division One until 1996 when they finished bottom and were relegated back into Division Two. Relegations and promotions occurred from then onwards, the club were promoted to Isthmian Division One South in 2008. However, after the majority of the team left following the withdrawal of financial support from a major benefactor, the club finished bottom in their 1st season and were relegated back to the Sussex County League. In 2014, the club transferred to the Southern Counties League and became members of the Premier Division in 2016 when the league gained a Second Division.


Crowborough Athletic 3-1 Bearsted
Tuesday 9th October 2018
Southern Counties East Football League

After seeing Gillingham's terrific win at Portsmouth who are the League leaders and hadn't lost a game yet, it was back to Groundhopping duties for me. Even though Gillingham were playing, they were only playing in the Checkatrade Trophy against Spurs Under 21's, plus as my boycott of the competition continues, my original game for tonight was going to be Corinthian-Casuals v Whitehawk in the Isthmian League. But as Dad asked me if there was any local or localish games on, I noticed on Kentish Football that Crowborough were at home to Bearsted who funnily enough I watched last Tuesday as they beat Tunbridge Wells at home 3-2. It also is quite funny as well to think my 1st ever visit to Bearsted's ground (which you can see photos of from here) as that night, Bearsted were at home to none other than Crowborough. As it looked a pain to get to by public transport from home to Crowborough, I took the option of getting a lift from home to Crowborough in the car which took no more than 40 minutes. After leaving home shortly after 6.30pm, we arrived in plenty of time at around 7.15pm.

After taking photos, we then went in the ground at £7 admission and a free programme which it wasn't, but the man at the turnstile just let us have it for free, can't complain haha. After going round the ground taking photos, the game then kicked off. 1st half I thought Bearsted had slightly the better half of the game although it was 0-0 at the break. HT came and I went and bought some cheesy chips and put a tweet up on Twitter with my usual HT analysis. Once I had done that, I noticed Dad talking to someone which happened to be another Gills fan living in Crowborough, a very small world indeed. After talking all Gills with him, the 2nd half got under way and Crowborough took the lead after 62 minutes, a free-kick over the top which saw Bearsted's number 5 slice his kick which nearly ended up being an own goal, came off the post and fell easily to Crowborough's Leppard, with an easy finish. The 2nd goal came a few minutes later with a penalty scored right down the middle in the roof of the net. Bearsted pulled 1 back on 82 minutes but Crowborough wrapped the game up with a smart move from Elvis Onyenze, a very quick player indeed who impressed me in the 2nd half and a cool finish to wrap the game up. FT whistle blew and Bearsted's winning run of 8 games comes to an end at Crowborough. 4 goals and still surprisingly haven't seen a 0-0 draw yet haha. Crowborough's ground was ground 142 so far.

Always nice to get a mention from other blogs, you can read up Crows Unofficial report by clicking here.


Crowborough Athletic have been playing at now what is called The Community Stadium since the early 50's. The club did briefly groundshare at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium before moving back to the Community Stadium. The ground holds 2,000 with about 150 seats on the side of the pitch. Crowborough train station is the nearest to the ground although hearing it's about a 30 minute walk to the ground. Luckily I got a lift to Crowborough when I went so I wouldn't know usually!


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Southwood Stadium - Ramsgate

Ramsgate - Southwood Stadium

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Ramsgate Football Club
Southwood Stadium
Price's Avenue
CT11 0AN


Ramsgate Football Club were formed in 1945, although the earliest incarnation of Ramsgate FC had played since 1886 but folded in 1924 with local rivals Ramsgate Glenville taking over their Southwood Stadium. Glenville didn't reform after the World War II and a new club dubbed Ramsgate Athletic took over the Southwood Stadium. The club retained the Athletic name until 1972. The club played in the original incarnation of the Kent League from their formation until the collapse of the league in 1959. This was the best period of the club's history for nearly 50 years with 2 consecutive league titles, several county cups, and a run to the 1st round of the FA Cup in which they lost to Watford 5-3 in 1955-56. The club also reached the 1st round proper of the FA Cup again 50 years later when they faced Nuneaton Borough away and they lost 2-0. With the collapse of the Kent League as just mentioned, the club migrated to the Southern League where they initially did well but were forced to resign and drop down to the re-formed Kent League in 1976. As the club did fairly well onwards, their fortunes changed when the club won 2 consecutive championships, the Kent League Premier Division and Isthmian League 1st Division which meant the 1st derby for many years with Margate happened as it's otherwise known as the Thanet Derby. In the club's 1st season in the Premier, they finished 9th and a year later in the 2007-08 season, finishing higher by finishing in 5th place. The Rams also won the Isthmian League Cup beating AFC Sudbury on penalties at Dartford's Princes Park ground. The following season the club finished bottom and were relegated.


Ramsgate have been playing at the Southwood Stadium ever since their existence. The capacity at the Southwood is 2,500 and the largest crowd attendance was 5,038 in 1955 against local rivals Margate. Ramsgate train station is around a 10-15 minute walk.


VISIT 1: Ramsgate 4-5 Herne Bay 25/9/18


Ramsgate 4-5 Herne Bay
Tuesday 25th September 2018
Isthmian League South East Division

My 1st visit to Ramsgate came in late September 2018. My only time on visiting the place Ramsgate itself was when I was a little boy back at school, when during that time other schools would interact with other schools and have pen pals as they called them writing letters and other things etc, which of course saw a day trip down to Ramsgate. On my visit to Ramsgate, I was originally undecided what game to do as I had a good number of choices (picture below) in the end, I didn't fancy travelling too far to go to a game, so I decided on 3 choices in the list in the end, which were Glebe v AFC Croydon, Corinthian v Cray Valley and Ramsgate v Herne Bay. After reading Wycombe fan Russell's blog (click here for his blog) as he recently went to Ramsgate himself, and browsing through his pictures which I was fairly impressed with, I decided on Ramsgate, and glad I was as well.

So after checking train times, I left home shortly after 5.30pm and I arrived into Ramsgate around 6.50pm. A 15 minute walk to the ground and I was at the ground just after 7pm. After taking some photos of the ground, I made my way in (£10 admission) and bought a programme for £2. I didn't do much research on both sides on who played them etc, only one I knew playing from Ramsgate was former Gills youngster Aaron Millbank, who had been playing in every game other than tonight's game. Also I happened to have noticed former Gills loanee Matt Fry now on Herne Bay's books, which I was quite surprised with as I didn't think he was a bad player for us. But after hearing the team announcements, he wasn't in Herne Bay's line-up either. So after browsing though the programme and taking photos of the ground, I went and bought myself a portion of cheesy chips, which was lovely as well for £2.00. Onto the game itself, the game was a fairly crazy game as well as the scoreline you can see above. Herne Bay took the lead after 10 minutes, a poor throw out from Ramsgate's keeper Luke Watkins, Herne Bay leapt onto the ball and a great ball on it saw Jake Embery (who scored 4 goals tonight) with a cool finish put Herne Bay in front. Tom Chapman equalised for Ramsgate 3 minutes later with a great run which came out of nowhere pretty much and a cool finish too. Rory Smith scored 2 including a penalty to put the Rams 3-1 up at HT. I put a tweet up at HT pretty much saying I thought Herne Bay were unfortunate to be 3-1 down at HT as I didn't think they played too badly. Embery was back on the scoresheet for Herne Bay again as they made it 3-2 on 53 minutes, with the Rams then making it 4-2 7 minutes later from Tom Chapman to score his 2nd of the night. Herne Bay's Ben Gorham made it 4-3 on 64 minutes which I think was a penalty saved but scored from the re-bound. 81st minute comes and Herne Bay complete the comeback to make it 4-4 and the 89th minute saw Herne Bay take the lead for the 2nd time in the game to make it 5-4! It really was quite sensational. I was hoping to see Ramsgate equalise to make it 5-5, that would have been bloody fantastic haha. It wasn't to be, and Herne Bay came away with all 3 points, baring in mind that before the game, Herne Bay were bottom of the league with only 4 goals scored all season. In 1 night, they score 5. Unbelievable. After the game, as I walking back to the station, I happened to have noticed another Gills fan I know, Eddie. I was speaking with him about the game and talking Gills and other football related things. I left Ramsgate shortly after 10.16 and arrived home around half 11. A crazy night of football but certainly worth going and glad I chose to go to Ramsgate.

A great video from Two Men in Search of The Beautiful Game on their visit to Ramsgate in 2016, a good watch too.