Ground Number 123
First Visit = Tuesday 19th August 2014 – Market Drayton Town v Leek Town (Evo-Stick Division One South)
Bit of a slog this one and despite the best efforts of several drivers, we made it through the turnstile just after the referee blew to start the game. This is a proper non-league ground at its best, with several different stands and a patched up sort of look to the place.
The football club is set in a huge area that contains rugby and tennis clubs, with several other grass pitches. It felt a bit like the setup they have at Stone Dominoes. £12 for me and the old man seemed good value at the time, and whilst I liked the random nature of the ground, the game certainly didn’t warrant the long drive. Another feature was the unusual entrance which brought you through the turnstiles and out directly behind the goal. With no stand here, there is a strange covered terrace which is crammed in the corner. Next to this is very strange area of seating, uncovered which can house around 40 fans. This is is the sort of thing you see across the leagues as clubs scramble to meet ground regulations.
It was also noted that just four floodlight pylons, again another rare sight at this level, even more surprisingly they proved more than adequate as darkness quickly set in. I took some pictures, but the combination of my phone and failing light means they are better off not shared.
The clubhouse was decent enough, although I’m not sure about their decision to go for Casualty over Besiktas v Arsenal on ITV. It also features a first for me, a verandah from which many fans were able to sample an ale or two. Drayton were pretty subdued all game, so it was hard to judge their fans, although there were a plethora of different football shirts on display amongst the small crowd.
On reflection this is probably more of a North West Counties level ground, but I can forgive that because it has so many quirky features.