Thursday, 2 February 2012

Dorchester Town - Avenue Stadium

Dorchester Town FC
The Avenue Stadium
Weymouth Avenue

01305 262451
Official Website

Matchday Number: 89
Saturday 17th July 2004
Dorchester Town 0-3 Wycombe Wanderers
Pre Season Friendly

I travelled down to deepest Dorset in 2004 for Wycombe's pre season game with Southern League Dorchester Town. I had actually been to the ground before, just to take photos when I was on holiday down there and was looking forward to returning for a game. I went with my mate Paul and his wife Sue. We got down there about 12.30, and went for a couple of pints in the bar, despite me being on antibiotics. Well, it was the day before my birthday! The game itself was a bit of a let down. In the first half, Wycombe fielded a near full strength team, but were held to a goalless draw by the non leaguers. It was not until the second half, when the reserves and youths came on, that we started to get a foothold in the game. It was quite convincing in the end - Matt Bloomfield, Matt Fox and a Mark Jermyn own goal gave us a deserved 3-0 victory.

THE AVENUE STADIUM is currently one of the better stadiums in the Conference South. Opened in 1990 and partly funded by Tesco, who bought there old stadium a few hundred yards down the road. They then built them this smart new stadium, which is actually fit for league football, given that AFC Bournemouth played there for a while, when their ground was being rebuilt. There is a large main stand on one side, seating around 700. There is further cover behind one goal and along the other side, leaving just one side open terracing. There is a good club shop at the ground with a good selection of programmes and a nice bar too. The only other option for food is the local Tesco, if I recall correctly, the ground was quite a way from anywhere else.

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