THE RECKLESS GUIDE TO
HAYES & YEADING UNITED
FA Trophy 1st Round
Saturday 30th November 2013
Kick Off 3.00pm
Stadium: Kingfield, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AA
Telephone: 01483 772 470
Club Colours: Red and Black
Lambeth born Phil Babb is in charge at H & Y and needs little introduction as an ex Bradford City, Coventry, Sunderland and of course Liverpool defender. He was capped 35 times for the Republic of Ireland. This is his first managerial appointment.
Brief Directions by Road:
Not an easy one this. From the M25 come off at Chertsey Junction 11, and at the top of the slip road turn right, following the signs for A320 Woking and Guildford. Basically stay on this A320 road which is regularly signposted Guildford and eventually you will reach the ground. The real secret in finding Kingfield was always to follow signs to the Woking Leisure centre which is opposite the ground.
Car Parking: Options are either street parking or for ease at the leisure centre. There may well be spaces at the ground as the attendance for this game is expected to be on the small side so it is worth a try for the club car par.
Directions by Train:
Trains from London Waterloo which will take approx. 40 minutes and go directly to Woking Station. Woking train station is in the Centre of town approximately a mile and a half from the ground and about 30 minutes brisk walk.
The Snooker club at the ground is the best bet without doubt for a pre match session. The lads who run the bar there are tip top. The nearest pub is the Kingfield Arms which is a goodly 10 minute walk away and frankly disappointing.
Competing in the Skrill South Division the club are currently waiting for their new ground – Sharda Glass Community Stadium – to be completed and ground share with Woking. Kingfield’s main stand or actually stands, as it is split into two, have been around for some 50 years and occupy half of one touchline. Open terracing is to be found either side. To the left is the home end or Kingfield Terrace. Opposite is the uncovered Chris Lane terrace which is allocated to away fans. Woking’s pride and joy can be seen to the right. The Leslie Gosden stand was built in 1995 and towers over the rest of the ground. It offers a superb view of proceedings although you will be open to the elements if you sit at the very far ends.
Normal admission prices are £12.00 Adults and £8.00 Concessions
Previous Meetings and Memories:
A couple of games spring immediately to mind – 3rd qualifying round of the FA Trophy in 1983 saw an efficient 3-1 victory for the Bees thanks to a brace from Steve Mahoney and a Stuart Atkins goal, and 4 years earlier a fortunate 1-0 victory (Chris Hullett) both at the old Church Road.
Hayes greatest footballing son must be Les Ferdinand who left the club in a £30,000 deal to join Q.P.R. 1970’s glam rock legends The Sweet (Ballroom Blitz, Blockbuster, Teenage Rampage et al) came from Hayes as did ex England manager Glenn Hoddle. Ray Wilkins and Stevie Perryman are local residents. The name of Joshua Smith probably means very little to you all but he was born in Hayes nevertheless. He emigrated to America in the 1860’s and met up with Thaddeus Jones from Indiana. Smith renamed himself Hannibal Hayes (after his birthplace) and Jones became Kid Curry. The duo entered the history books, and were portrayed on the TV, as the most successful outlaws in the history of the American wild west. A fascinating fact is that in all the trains and banks they robbed they never shot anyone.