Chelsea Transfer Target
Sep 4, 2011, 11:15 PM
Location: East Angular
Post #3 of 4
Well, I'll try!
Been to both Jobserve and United's old ground. Chapel Road was a cracking little ground, and sadly its abandonment was so sudden I never got round to a final visit. It's only a matter of time before the ground is sold. Covenants are usually "not worth the paper they are written on", and at the end of the day, sadly money talks. If they can build a great big Tesco in a 'peaceful picturesque village' full of independent traders and just a decent sized Co-op for rivalry, a small area of a football ground stands little chance.
I can't comment on the new pitches or the prepared pitch for the old United club. I know Tiptree's Thurstable School has some nice new pitches (3G?) funded by Mr Cowling, and I believe Maldon St Mary's had a couple of their opening Border League fixtures there, but are moving back to Plume School's 3G pitch in Maldon this week (that will cheer UK Punk et al!) (I was probably right in assuming a while back on here there was lots of building work on the school site, making it unsafe. There was definately a lot of stuff going on there the other day driving along Fambridge Road). I'm guessing these additional pitches are in the same area, or towards the south heading towards Great Totham?
I've only been to Heath/Jobserve two or three times since the loss of the main club. There are a reasonable number of people beside the pitch but it's hard to compare attendances for a walk in the park with a small ground admission fee, but I don't think there's been a huge switch. I think by the end United were getting 40 people, just after they switched from the Ridgeons back to the Essex Senior League for their short remaining period of existence. I guess most of the United fans just gave up on local football. Maybe one or two went to Witham or Stanway, or Maldon and Heybridge, but I think most don't bother now, which is a shame.
Jobserve would never really expect to aim higher than the Border Prem, and their facilities obviously are far too basic for anything like the Ridgeons/ESL. They'd probably have the space actually to enclose the ground, put lights up and the like without disturbing anyone, but I believe Warrior's Rest and the land around it is a conservation area, and they're a bit well to do in Tiptree so that's a non starter.
Back to the United merger with Maldon, that I agree wasn't a merger at all. However it is hard to get my head around it, as for a while I think the Maldon chairman and Tiptree chairman swapped jobs. Most odd. Quite a few of the Tiptree backroom staff/commitee have relocated to Park Drive. I know, as I've seen a few of them there and they have confirmed such.
Saturday 21st May 2016
Royal Oak 4-2 Baddow Athletic (Mid Essex League Division 5)
Next scheduled match:
Saturday 28th May 2016
Valley Green Reserves v Royal Oak *DOUBLE HEADER* (Mid Essex League Division 5)
(This post was edited by Runwell on Sep 4, 2011, 11:17 PM)