Sunday, 27 March 2011

Watching from the Long Jump end!

Saturday 26th March 2011 - Ilford FC 2 Brentwood 0, Ryman League Division One North - Cricklefield Stadium

Much talk recently about watching football from an Athletics stadium, well if West Ham fans want to get an idea how it will feel when they move to the Olympic Stadium they should get along to another club in East London - Ilford FC.

Ilford FC play at the Ilford Sports Club - Cricklefield Stadium, and Yes it is an athletics ground, but only 6 lanes, so not as far from the action as you are at places like Brighton.

With no Ipswich game this weekend, I went along to watch them play local rivals Brentwood, and they got a much needed win against a team far higher up the league.

I was met at the turnstile by a man in shorts 9it was nor warm) only to find out later that he was the bloke who did everything- not just the turnstile and the programmes. a crowd of about 50 watched from distance, not so bad from the side but from behind the long jump pit, it did seem like you were miles from the play. But for all that it was a god afternoon out, with both teams trying to pass the ball on a very poor pitch.

So you Hammers fans, get along to Ilford - they need your support, oh and the bloke in the shorts - the only bloke in the world with an Ilford FC tattoo on his leg?

The view from the long jump pit

A stand for one?

Would the player in Lane 6!

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