Keys Park (Hednesford Town)

Current leaders of the Skrill Conference North Hednesford have a terrific home in Keys Park.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This ground was visited as part of my FA Cup quest. You can read all about that here

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