Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Folkestone Invicta - Cheriton Road

Folkestone Invicta FC
The Buzzlines Stadium
Cheriton Road
CT19 5JU

Official Website

Ground Number: 153
Saturday 13th March 2010
Folkestone Invicta 0-0 Leatherhead
Ryman League - Division 1 South

I really want to visit this ground again and do a blog that hopefully does the ground justice. I will endeavour to revisit if a decent opportunity comes up in the future. For now, though, this is all I can recall. 


I was down visiting relatives in Kent for the weekend and so my choice for football was narrowed down to just one choice. Luckily it was a ground I had not seen a match at yet, namely Folkestone Invicta's Cheriton Road ground. I had been looking at the local paper beforehand and there were comments about Folkestone's negative style of football despite them being top of the Ryman League Division 1 South. These views turned out to be true, as I watched a dire 0-0 draw. The opponents were Leatherhead, themselves hoping for a late season charge into the playoffs, at the time they were in the top half of the table, with a good chance of climbing a few places if they got a good run together. As I have said, the game was poor, but I still enjoyed my day at this friendly club.


CHERITON ROAD is a great non-league ground. 3 sides are covered - the whole of behind one of the goals, a section along the side and a large main stand with seated accommodation. The other end is uncovered terracing. There is a newly refurbished bar at the ground too, all wooden floors and plasma screens, a bit like Wycombe's "Scores" bar. Best of all there are TWO club shops - one offers the usual souvenirs, as well as a large selection of old programmes and books. And in a first that I have seen at a football ground, there is another that offers general bric-a-brac, old TV's, clothes and any other sort of thing that you would expect to find at a jumble sale!. Some of the pictures of outside are from when I visited in the 1990s but not for a game.

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