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Chris1963
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Nov 30, 2019, 8:27 PM

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Kent County League (Division One West) 2 pm

Metrogas 2 Bexley FC 1 (H/T 2-1)

Entry - Free

Programme - 28 pages for 2 (superb)

Crowd - c. 20-25

My first choice game had been Tring Corinthians v Rayleigh Town in the Feeder Leagues (Anagram Records) Trophy but I did not receive a reply to the e-mail I had sent to the home club's secretary asking whether a programme would be issued and with a pitch inspection being announced on Rayleigh's twitter, I thought it best to give that one a miss. I did not have to look too far for a good alternative though, because Metrogas (who I would have visited on 2nd November had it not been for the heavy overnight rain that morning, which forced me to tick Slough Town instead) had tweeted an image of their programme for this game. Fortunately there was no pitch inspection planned and so I was able to return to a familiar part of South London to watch a familiar football club play.

This was the third time I had attended a Metrogas home game, because I had already seen them play home games at two other grounds. The first was the South-Eastern Gas Board Sports Ground in Horn Lane, Greenwich, for which John Stancombe produced a programme in April 1989, but this ground no longer exists, as the site is now occupied by a retail park. I then saw them play at the Charlton Athletic training ground in Sparrows Lane, Eltham in April 1993 (no programme issued) which was during a period when they had to play home games at borrowed venues. However, they are now at the Metrogas Amateur Sports Association ground in 'The Footway' which is a narrow road off Avery Hill Road, about eight minutes walk from New Eltham station.

The ground where Metrogas currently play is situated on the opposite side of 'The Footway' to the ground I had ticked as long ago as 1989 for a Royal George home game in the London Spartan League, which had another John Stancombe programme issued for it. The ground used by Royal George then, on the west side of 'The Footway' is still extant and there were a couple of football matches being played today on the two grass pitches there. The Metrogas ground is on the other side of 'The Footway' and is on your right if approaching from Avery Hill Road. When I attended the Royal George game in 1989, what is now the Metrogas ground on the other side of 'The Footway' was being used the same evening for a REMA home game in the same league and division as the game I was attending. REMA have long since vanished and although I don't know who owned the ground then, it appears that Metrogas must have either purchased or leased it sometime after 1993 as a replacement for their Horn Lane headquarters.

The ground isn't bad for this level of football. There is an impressive clubhouse with two bars just inside the entrance and an overhang from the roof provides some cover for spectators. Attached to the clubhouse is a more modern brick building that houses the changing rooms. There is a serving hatch in the wall at the far end and it is from here that refreshments and programmes are sold. There are two grass pitches, the one closest to the clubhouse being in use today and it is roped-off with hard standing made of paving stones along half the length of one side. The match was between two sides currently in the front of the promotion race and an entertaining first half saw the score at 1-1 when the home side then missed a 35th minute penalty, although they soon made amends for this by scoring with a header from open play four minutes later. The second half was poor in comparison and became increasingly physical and scrappy as it went on, with a minor brawl occurring seconds after the final whistle. If you did not tick this ground for a REMA home game (or the home game of anyone else who might have played there) then it is worth doing while the club are issuing these excellent programmes.


(This post was edited by Chris1963 on Nov 30, 2019, 8:42 PM)


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