Saturday 20 February 2010

Hampstead WFC

This small set of snaps were taken when I went to watch Hampstead WFC, who play in the Greater London League Division Two North, against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, in a London Cup tie, back in January. Hampstead play in a public park ,the Hampstead Heath Extensions, in north London. I popped along because a friend coaches Hampstead.

I took these pictures not to publish them here, just because I wanted to take a few. But I later decided to put them on my blog as a 'one off' to show an example of real grass roots Sunday football in a local park.

Here is a bit of goalmouth action.

There was a good crowd for a womens game in a park, as you can see on the opposite touchline.

A pleasant green backdrop.

On the next pitch there was a mens game taking place between two teams in the local Jewish Sunday League.

This is how close they were!

Game delayed while a bit of dog shit is cleared! Note the spectators to the left of the player..

Sitting on this, the only park bench around the pitch.

Some more game action follows...

One last shot of some of the crowd, the other game continuing on the next pitch.

Friday 19 February 2010

Colliers Wood United

Colliers Wood United play in the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League. I've only ever actually seen a game on the main pitch here once, these pictures were taken pre-season, in July 2009, when I saw a pre-season match between a local Sunday side Lambeth All-Stars & the newly formed Fisher FC, on the second pitch.

This is the game in progress.

Looking down the touchline you can see the main pitch behind.

Here are some former Fisher Athletic fans, supporting the new club for the first time.

Back to the main ground....this is the entrance from the busy A3, which zooms right past.

Personalised club gates at the entrance.

This booth is at the entrance, presumably where they collect gate money.

From the first corner of the pitch, as we come into the car park, we look across the lush summer green & see the stand on the far side.

Down the touchline on the car park side is this strange old 'lamp post' of some sort. A very old training light? I have no idea.

But we're going to stroll round the pitch the other way, clockwise. Behind the goal it is railed off, and there is a concrete path.

From behind this goal we look over to the main club buildings, where there is the bar & changing rooms.

Directly behind the goal we see the other open side, with the stand.

Almost at the next corner we look back behind the goal.

Down this side of the pitch it is open standing, just the concrete path continuing, railed off all the way down. The goal on the left is the second pitch.

Now we come to the stand.

Three rows of seats in it.

Club sponsors notice at the back.

From the seats we look over the pitch.

Looking to the left we see the other open end behind the goal.

Here we look along the front of the stand...which is actually on wheels!

Glancing back to the stand there is an assortment of ground equipment by it.

Now at the corner, we see the rest of the hard standing behind the goal, and look over to the 'main side', where we are heading.

Before we get there we look at the stand, from on the pitch.

The club name is in letters on the roof.

Through the net, toward clubhouse side.

And the other direction, where we've been.

Old pitch rolling equipment, as we turn the last corner.

This footpath leads into Wimbledon Common...eventually.

Down the main side now, we see a small area of cover further along.

Here a shot of it, pitchside.

There is another small area of cover in front of the bar, behind the dugouts.

This is the covered area, in front of the bar.

This is the entrance to the bar.

In the corner is a club trophy cabinet.

And another full of pennants.

And that concludes our tour of Colliers Wood United.