Monday, 20 June 2011

Welling United - Park View Road

Welling United FC
Park View Road
DA16 1SY

020 8301 1196

Matchday Number: 6
Welling United 2-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 2nd January 1993
GM Vauxhall Conference

My first visit to Park View Road was on the second day of 1993. Wycombe were flying at the time, top of the Conference and on their way to the Football League. A visit to Welling though, always provides a tough test and at the time they had a prolific strikeforce of Terry Robbins and Gary Abbott who were firing in the goals on a regular basis for a fair few seasons. I remember the day being really foggy and the match was in danger of being abandoned at one point. I also remember my brother feeling ill and when my Dad said we may have to leave early and me saying that we should wait till it's finished. The final score was 2-2 and I can't remember much apart from, what I did see of it, was a good game. My records tell me that Dave Carroll and Glynn Creaser scored in front of a crowd of over 2800, way above Welling's average. Looking back I think Wycombe must have taken around 2000 fans that day, we had a good following back in the day. Perhaps that would explain the painfully long tea bar queues, about 40 minutes I waited for a Bovril!

My second visit was on a Sunday in the 2006-07 season. It was an FA Trophy Quarter Final game against Grays Athletic and it kicked off at 1PM due to Welling's floodlights being damaged in a recent storm. It was mainly to see former Wycombe keeper Paul Hyde who was deputising for their normal custodian who was out with an injury. Welling also included future AFC Wimbledon hotshot Danny Kedwell in their line-up, while in the Grays side was soon to be Wycombe Wanderers player and convicted murderer Gavin Grant. The visitors were a league above their hosts in the Conference Premier, while Welling were going well in the Conference South. Hopes of a giantkilling in Kent were high and it looked to be going that way when Chris Moore gave the Wings the lead after just 5 minutes. But it was not to be. The aforementioned Gavin Grant got the equaliser on 34 minutes. Although Welling could have regained the lead and actually did hold out until the final 20 minutes, 3 late goals from Grays sent them through 4-1 on the day.

PARK VIEW ROAD is a fairly decent ground for the Conference South and wouldn't look out of place in the League above. Both ends are uncovered terraces while each side is covered seating. The original stand is just in front of you as you come in and is emblazoned in Welling colours. In the 2000's Erith and Belvedere moved in as permanent tenants and built there own stand. This structure is a lot more modern and due to it being slightly taller than the Welling one, offers a better view. This also contains the Erith and Belvedere offices. There is a club shop with a decent selection of programmes just as you walk into the ground. For food I recommend the excellent Cafe opposite the ground which has a wide selection and all reasonably priced too

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