Thursday, 3 November 2011

Chelmsford City - Melbourne Stadium

Chelmsford City FC
Melbourne Stadium
Salerno Way
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 2EH

01245 290959



Matchday Number: 138
Saturday 26th July 2008
Chelmsford City 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Pre Season Friendly



Despite playing a friendly against Stevenage on the Friday night, Wycombe still had a game on the Saturday, this time against Conference South side Chelmsford City. Out of the 2, this was the one I was most looking forward to going to, as it was a new ground. On the way down, I visited a few grounds, the best of which was Chelmsford's local rivals Billericay, where they shared for many years between grounds. The people there warned me not to expect much, and said their own ground was better, which turned out to be true actually!

We got to Chelmsford mega early, before 1pm, but with not a lot around the ground, we had no option but to go in. After a couple of pints and a chat with some other Wycombe fans who had come down for the game, it was just past 2pm and so I thought I'd take a look around the ground and take some photos. The game was played out by a the whole squad, with everyone getting a chance. It showed as the home side ran out easy 2-1 winners. They went into a 2 goal lead through Ollie Berquez and Ricky Holmes. Gary Holt did pull one back for Wycombe though, in what was a decent first half. The second half was really poor though, as both teams made changes, and there wasn't much further action at either end.

MELBOURNE STADIUM is not one of my favourite grounds, though Chelmsford will be glad to be back in their home town. They lost New Writtle Street, their old ground, baxk in the 1990's and spent several years in exile, playing miles away in Billericay. There are 2 covered seated stands on either side of the pitch, as well as some uncovered terracing. The worst thing about it is the athletics track around the pitch, which makes it hard to get a decent view. On a positive notem the bar is very nice, and that is also where you can buy a limited range of merchandise from, if memory serves me correctly.













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