Chelsea Transfer Target
Oct 30, 2014, 9:33 PM
Team(s): England, Leicester City, Bedfont & Feltham
I can't edit my original post, but I've been told that Bury FC now play Youth Alliance games at Old Boltonians FC, Tower Street, Chapeltown, Turton. Old Boltonians are in the Lancashire Amateur League. This looks to be confirmed by their website/Twitter.
As for getting in, club policies seem to change depending when you go, who you speak to, or even who is on the gate when you get there. I've never yet been turned away, but Brighton have told me I won't get, in and I'm not embarking on a four or five hour journey for a morning game in Sussex when I might not get in to see it.
As a rule, I avoid Premier League clubs if they have first team games on Sundays, especially if they're at home, as there's a chance they'll be training at the youth team venue and unexpected visitors won't be welcome.
Of those with a reputation for sometimes being awkward I had no problems at Chelsea (twice), Arsenal or Reading, I got lucky at Derby (I drove in behind another car when the security gates opened and was never challenged), and I did Crystal Palace's ground for a rep match when it was home to Cuaco FC in the Southern Amateur League. Fortunately I went to many of the bigger clubs before they started tightening up.
Of the grounds I still need, with the exception of Brighton, I don't foresee any problems. I need Colchester (have been before still need the "main" pitch), Swansea, Hartlepool, Cambridge Utd, AFC Bournemouth, Newport and Torquay. Added to that list are Barnet (think they've moved to a new pitch at The Hive, some distance from where I saw them before) and Bristol City, who I think play on an "outside" pitch at the SGS College WISE Campus, judging by recent match highlights on their website.
(This post was edited by Steveb on Oct 30, 2014, 9:35 PM)