I have to say that Wheatley Park is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover. The unimposing home of non-league Garforth Town is something of a hidden gem.
It’s a nice enough new-build tucked away at the end of a housing estate, but that’s not what gets the most points here. Back in 2004 the club’s owner managed to talk Brazilian legend Socrates into a 12 minute cameo appearance here against Tadcaster Albion.
Alongside fellow Brazilian Careca and ex-Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe that’s a fairly star-studded line up and so it makes this particular stadium a bit more iconic than others at this level.
Granted, it’s really just a clubhouse nicely connected to a grandstand, with hard standing and a short fence surrounding the rest of the ground, but you can look at the dugout that housed a genuine football legend.
It’s also worth noting that in terms of watching a game, the stand’s elevated position ensures a good view coupled with obligatory stairs up into the arena itself winning it extra points from me.
Take away its alumni and this is a very pleasant but forgettable stadium. But you aren’t allowed to just ignore that and so we have a wonderful footballing footnote on show here.