Current leaders of the Skrill Conference North Hednesford have a terrific home in Keys Park.
It’s a reasonably new facility, built with the money raised during their famous 1997 cup run that culminated in a thrilling fourth round tie against Middlesbrough. And it’s out in the middle of nowhere, a retail park football ground, everything I hate about the game nowadays.
Yet it’s impressive, too. A big main stand is surrounded by a mix of covered seating and terraces, all spanking new and piled on top of the pitch to help create a cracking atmosphere.
I’ve taken in a couple of games at Keys Park now and there aren’t really any bad views. Nice people involved with the club, it’s a wonderful day out and they have a terrific team as well. A behind the scenes tour was both welcome and my excuse for the photo-heavy edition this week.
I’d definitely recommend a trip to Keys Park – it has charm and character (quite possibly the only ground in Britain with a stained glass window?) and as far as new builds on industrial estates go, it’s one of the best.
This ground was visited as part of my FA Cup quest. You can read all about that here