Ground number 121
first visit= Ball Haye Green v Leek Town (6th August 2014) Friendly
No idea why I haven’t managed to make this one before, just a mile through Leek town centre and 25 minutes from home. An unconventional ground, with no turnstiles, a huge social club dwarfing the facilities, a large factory down one side of the ground and a car garage on the other.
Several excellent quirks:
– the most poorly stocked pie hut I have ever come across, with the usual drinks and the only food option being a 2 finger kit-kat; Redeemed itself by serving in mugs (something last treated to at Abbey Hey several years ago).
– a total of four seats, all of which are dining room chairs; the upside of course is they offer a choice of sitting position.
– an excellent value admission of £2, which included raffle ticket.
– a high tech broom stick to retrieve footballs from a row of stubborn trees behind one goal. At least fifteen minutes hard graft in the second half were rewarded with the recovery of a new seasons match ball and £30 quid saved.
Overall, an enjoyable game and a nice surprise to see such unusual features, definitely an antidote to the identikit modern stadium.