Sunday, 4 December 2011

Hampton and Richmond - The Beveree Stadium

Hampton and Richmond FC
The Beveree Stadium
Beaver Close
off Station Road
TW12 2BX

0208 979 2456

Matchday Number: 184

Saturday 3rd December 2011
Hampton and Richmond 2-1 Hayes and Yeading
Middlesex Senior Cup 2nd Round

Wycombe had been knocked out of the FA Cup by Fleetwood in the previous round, and as a result had no game on this, the day of the second round. I had narrowed my replacement down to 2 games - Stourbridge v Plymouth, or the game above that I chose. What made my mind up was that Stourbridge was a bit tight for tickets and I didn't want a wasted journey. As it was I was asked to work and didn't get away till 1PM, so it would have been too late anyway.

After a fairly trouble free journey, with some shopping en route I got to Hampton at around 2.45. I paid £8 to get in and made a small donation for a basic programme. Hayes and Yeading had rested a few players, as this competition was way down their list of priorities. They had not been on good form since I last saw them beat Tamworth, back at the beginning of September and lost 4-0 in the week to Newport County.

After their performance today, you could see why. Hayes and Yeading were very poor and were hardly in the game at all until the hour mark. By that time they were already 1-0 down. It was 2-0 shortly after, despite Hayes having their best period of the game. They did pull one back through former Wycombe man Tom Cadmore in the last minute, but their was no time to try and equalise. Louis Beadle and Charlie Moone got the goals for Hampton, who, truth be told, should have lost by many more. Hampton were a nice friendly club and it was a good game to watch, so I'd give the day the thumbs up.

THE BEVEREE is a nice place to watch football. The one main problem they have is lack of parking at the ground - there are only around 20 spaces for club officials, otherwise it's try your luck in the streets around the ground. Once inside the ground, things get a lot better, there is a club shop with a decent range of merchandise and a small programme shed that has a large selection of programmes and a few books. I picked up "Hopping Mad" a book about groundhopping. At £4 it was a little more than I would expect to pay, but I didn't mind as it was for a worthy cause.

Hammonds Bar is the clubhouse, on my visit about 5 years ago to take pictures, it was called The Beaver Bar, but has since seen an extensive refurbishment. There is always a real ale on sale for those that like that sort of thing, as well as all the usual drinks you would expect to find in a normal pub. The tea bar was pretty decent too - my big mug of Bovril was most welcome at half time!
The stadium itself is decent too, with some cover on each of the 4 sides, and seats along the side and behind the goal. The best stand to watch from is the small stand behind the goal, it's elevated nature means that you get a nice view of the game. One side is completely covered and has a mixture of seats and standing. The remaining 2 sides are mainly uncovered, but have small areas of cover to protect most crowds Hampton will get from the elements. The ground is surrounded by quite a few trees, which makes it pleasant to watch a game there.

1 comment:

  1. The ground looks splendid with all those lovely autumnal colours on the surrounding trees. It's now on my list of places to visit!

    Keep up the good work, I'm enjoying your blog.