No.43 - Wed 22nd April 2015; Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Division;                         6.30pm at Stanton Recreation Ground, Old Bury Road, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2BX

 

Matchday images (50) https://picasaweb.google.com/footballgroundsinfocus/StantonFC

Stanton (0) 2  Haughley United (2) 4

'A great advert'

'Ever since relocating their pitch a number of years ago now, this one has been on my local radar to 'get done'. As many travellers probably already know Stanton Football Club members of the Suffolk & Ipswich League has played at the Stanton recreation ground off the Old Bury Road. It was back around the mid 1990ís that they moved from the playing field next to the main entrance to a permanent purpose built venue on an adjoining plot of land around the back. In hopping terms Iím not sure whether you would class this as re-visit or count it as a new tick. Either way it was something that I was determined to do since making a failed attempt a couple of seasons ago having arrived only to find that the club had brought an afternoon game forward to mid day! By the time I got there the final whistle had gone and the players were heading back to their changing rooms. Doh! 

So whatís the new ground/pitch like? On first impression I would say that this has to be one of the best grounds in the league. Accessed from the village hall and changing pavilion, players take the short walk (about 200 or so yards) across the playing field passing a childrenís playground before climbing up a short tree-lined embankment to emerge pitch side near to the half-way line.

 

The site is partly surrounded by housing from the local estate and this helps provide an appealing self-enclosed feel to it. The playing area itself has a neat concrete post and metal fence around the entire perimeter complete with advertising banners attached at regular intervals. Along the near side a couple of shallow metal shelters (formerly player dug outs) are now used as spectator cover. Opposite is an impressive five step terraced stand with the club name painted on a fascia board along the roof. Apparently I am led to believe that this is the only stand of its type seen at any ground in the Suffolk and Ipswich League. As this is set back from the pitch behind a couple of more permanent purpose built dug outs with marked technical areas, I imagine it does not offer the best view of the action. However several spectators prefer instead to congregate on the open elevated grass bank behind the goal to the right - on a on a lovely sunny evening this was an ideal place to stand.

 

Tonight Stanton entertained Haughley United (from Stowmarket) in a Senior Division fixture. Although the hosts had endured a difficult season spending much time near the bottom of the table they had gained enough points to beat the drop so nothing (other than pride!) rested on the game. By contrast Haughley currently sitting in mid table had half an eye on their forthcoming Bob Coleman League Cup Final against Ipswich Athletic in a few days time. We were treated to a cracking game of football (overseen by three match officials) which saw Stanton come back from being two goals down to draw level before succumbing to two late strikes and eventually going down 4-2. It was a terrific advert for the league.

 

The match played on a flat and surprisingly well grassed surface in warm, sunny conditions attracted sixty spectators. I was joined tonight by Brian Taylor who was writing a match report for the East Anglian Daily Times website. A native of Birmingham now living in Suffolk, Brian was also a keen hopper and gave me an update of some of the local grounds and games he had seen on his recent assignments and travels. Hoppers may be interested to know that the club no longer issues a matchday programme since the editor gave up the job a couple of years ago. Club official Darryl Gooderham told me that travellers from far and wide still contact him with a view to getting their hands on that illusive proggy!

 

More details about the club and the league can be found on the excellent regularly updated SIL website as well as on Mittoo. A visit to Stanton Football Club definitely comes with my highest recommendation. The joys of re-visiting local clubs continue...have fun wherever you go'.     

FGIF Match Stats

                Scorers: (H) Campbell (55, 70) and (A) Robinson (8), Wragg (28), Duker (81), Huggins (90)  

Attendance: 60; Admission and Programme: None; Match rating: 5/5; Ground rating: 4/5.

Links

http://touchlinesil.co.uk/

edited on 23/04/15