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paulh66
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Oct 30, 2019, 1:44 PM

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I'm not sure but I recall reading something along the lines that an official grading lasts for three(?) years. Question also is whether these "surveyors" are official ground graders or some other party.


New Forest
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Oct 30, 2019, 4:15 PM

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It really isn't difficult. Six teams can share Oaklands Park on Saturdays - two each in slots at 1.00, 3.15 and 5.30.


Which Oaklands Park ground do you mean - Chichester City? If so please say so Wadham Lodge, home of Walthamstow FC and Clapton CFC, can easily cope with three games on at the sametime plus a number of other junior game. Although the car park can get a little bit full at times. I went to Harefield a few Saturdays ago. The home team players had parked at the ground and gone off to a away match, Broadfields United were at home and there was a junior game on. So no parking left. So there are other things to consider. What about the local residents!

There is a good argument for one club per ground. No ground then disband. Some years ago we had the saga of Ilford/Leytonstone/Walthamstow Avenue all ending up at Dagenham. Sell your ground share with someone else and have money to buy success. Is that fair? I don't think so.


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It really isn't difficult. Six teams can share Oaklands Park on Saturdays - two each in slots at 1.00, 3.15 and 5.30.


Which Oaklands Park ground do you mean - Chichester City? If so please say so Wadham Lodge, home of Walthamstow FC and Clapton CFC, can easily cope with three games on at the sametime plus a number of other junior game. Although the car park can get a little bit full at times. I went to Harefield a few Saturdays ago. The home team players had parked at the ground and gone off to a away match, Broadfields United were at home and there was a junior game on. So no parking left. So there are other things to consider. What about the local residents!

There is a good argument for one club per ground. No ground then disband. Some years ago we had the saga of Ilford/Leytonstone/Walthamstow Avenue all ending up at Dagenham. Sell your ground share with someone else and have money to buy success. Is that fair? I don't think so.



No. I am talking about Oaklands Park in Almondsbury, the Gloucestershire FA ground. It provides a facility for local football clubs to use. I really can't see how anyone to object to that. It has a car park and there are no local residents. Nobody has sold a ground in order to play there.


marinersteve
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Oct 30, 2019, 4:55 PM

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To be honest I was a bit shocked at the state of the ground - can't believe it has been fit and safe for many years,.



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Bigaitch
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Oct 31, 2019, 9:13 AM

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The Spotted Dog has not been suitable for a long time.
The last time I was there was to referee a youth game on a Sunday morning involving Clapton‘s U18 side. This was about 2001 and upon my arrival their manager apologised for the state of the place. The pitch was overgrown in parts but playable, just, there were no pegs to hold down the nets and the dressing rooms had no heating. Added to that the penalty areas were not 18 yards and the terracing etc was overgrown and festooned with rubble. Amazingly a first team game had taken place the previous day in the same circumstances and having spoken with both managers it was agreed we would play, the opposition having travelled a long way.
My report to Essex and London FA‘s re the state of the ground and facilitates was made. I am still waiting for a reply.


Paul Cockerton
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Nov 6, 2019, 2:44 PM

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I'm not sure but I recall reading something along the lines that an official grading lasts for three(?) years. Question also is whether these "surveyors" are official ground graders or some other party.


Sorry for not making clearer - it was a report by chartered surveyors using Step 6 grading as a benchmark. Not official ground graders.



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Paul Cockerton
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Nov 9, 2019, 8:28 PM

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For anyone following the Clapton saga, Vince McBean, the chief executive of Clapton FC, was banned from all football activity in October. It's unclear who is running the club now.

The suspension seems designed to encourage him to appear at an FA hearing to answer some serious charges, which he denies.

Would suggest we don't discuss this while it potentially works its way through the FA but thought it should be mentioned. It seems a very rare censure, particularly for grassroots football.



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Shambles
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Nov 12, 2019, 10:10 PM

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As of Thursday 14th November, Clapton will be groundsharing at Southend Manor.


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As of Thursday 14th November, Clapton will be groundsharing at Southend Manor.


Southend Manor!?

That’s almost 40 miles away. Presumably all other local options were exhausted? Either way, the future looks pretty bleak for Clapton at present.

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