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Reckless Guide | Carshalton Athletic

30 January 2019

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CARSHALTON ATHLETIC
 
FA Trophy Third Round
 
Saturday 2nd February 2019
 
Kick Off: 3:00 pm
 
Stadium: War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Avenue, Carshalton SM5 2PW
 
Club Colours: All Red
 
Nickname: The Robins
 
Tickets: 
 
Adults - £10
Concessions - £6
Under 18 - £3
 
All available on the day.
 
Key Personnel:
 
The current Manager is Peter Adeniyi and this is his first taste of Management. As a player, he captained Dulwich Hamlet and had spells at Merstham, Eastleigh, Erith Town, Lewes, Beckenham Town and Bromley.
 
Brief Directions by Road:
 
The ground can be reached in just over an hour with normal traffic from Barnet.
 
M25 to junction 10 and exit for the A3 signposted Kingston and at the first roundabout 1st exit A3 towards Esher and Kingston. After approx 10 miles take the A298 signposted Wimbledon. Look out for a right turn B279 Grand Drive, At the Morden Brook Roundabout (pub on your left) second exit Lower Morden Road. After half a mile turn left onto Epsom Road A24 and then right into Central Road which becomes Wrythe Road B278. At the roundabout take Colston Ave signposted Carshalton FC.
 
Car Parking:
 
There is a car park for approx 100 cars at the stadium. Street parking is available.
 
Directions by Train:
 
Carshalton is less than 40 minutes from London Victoria. Out of the station turn right and right again into West Street under the bridge and at the roundabout turn left into Colston Ave. The ground is a short walk on your right. 10 minutes.
 
Eating and Drinking Locally:
 
Out of the station and turn left onto West Street (away from the ground) you will find The Hope which is outstanding for real ale I am told. A little further down West Street is the lovely Racehorse and Rosie's Kitchen within. The Sun can be found at 4 North Street. A lovely little crawl can be manufactured with these three gems! The social club will also allow access for visiting fans.
 
Ground Description:
 
Carshalton are in the Isthmian Premier and the ground more than copes with the League requirements with room for around 3000. The club have played at this venue for over 100 years.
 
The main stand seats around 200 and sits slightly to one side of half way with the terraces at each end having cover. The North stand opposite runs the full length of the pitch and is also covered. The pitch is 3G.
 
Rivals:
 
Surely not, it's far too friendly around these parts and if you get mugged you are left a receipt! Although Sutton Utd and AFC Wimbledon are the local derbies.
 
Our Last Meeting & Memories:
 
Barnet and Carshalton met many times in the old Athenian League and looking through a batch of my old programmes in season 1962-3 we played three times. The Bees, at the height of their non-league power, won 8-1 and 5-1 in the League and 6-1 in the London Senior Cup!
 
In November 1982, The Robins had revenge dumping us out of the FA Cup 1st Round 4-0. It was one of the poorest team performances I ever witnessed and in a furious rage (which a few of us witnessed by listening at the door of the changing rooms while walking out of the ground) Barry Fry allegedly put most of the team including club legends to be Gary Phillips, Kevin Millett and Edwin Stein on the transfer list. On the Monday he seemed to realise that we wouldn't have enough players to play the following week at Worcester City and reinstated them all. We conceded 4 goals in that game as well!
 
Celebrity Watch:
 
Did you know 1970's Glam Rock band “Mud” came from these parts, that's right, that's right, that's right! Sir Cliff Richard went to primary school around here.
 
Seen using the local pubs and restaurants over the years have been Sir Harry Seacombe and James Hunt (when not driving of course).

Tony 'Reckless' Hammond


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