Pervis Park (Percy Main Amateurs)

Having given it a little thought, Pervis Park, a ridiculously low key little venue in North Tyneside, might hold a personal record for me.
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I’m not sure I’ve ever visited a football ground in more different guises than this, barring, most likely, the Stadium Of Light. I once ran the line here back in my refereeing days, visited to interview someone as part of my dissertation and have also attended as a spectator.
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And, a couple of months ago, I found myself visiting as a comedian performing at the adjoining cricket club. As far as I’m aware, they share a clubhouse. I can’t think of a ground that I’ve had more reasons to visit on seperate occasions.
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Truth be told, there’s barely anything to see. Indeed, on these photographs there’s virtually nothing. So I’ve nicked a few images from Google Maps again, which show it’s perfectly visible during the day.
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A couple of dugouts and some sheltered standing is all that’s really here, but I visited and I look forward to returning in future for another entirely different reason.
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Woodhorn Lane Update
Well there’s some cladding gone up on the outside of the stand. It looks like wood, although not massively impressive at the moment. Maybe it’ll be more striking when it’s dry, or when it’s not largely hidden behind scaffolding.
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Micklefied Recreation Ground (Garforth Rangers)

“Woah there Andy!” I hear you say, “we’ve been waiting for this.” What, you’ve been waiting for Garforth Rangers? “No, we’ve been waiting for a mistake. We’ve got you bang to rights this time. This is AFC Micklefield’s ground.”
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Oh dear. This was their home, until they folded in 2004. Rangers, who have only been in existence since 1996, moved in instead. You owe me an apology.
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In terms of what it’s like it’s certainly an odd one. It’s tucked away a little bit, but it’s still in a public park. You can walk around it and see everything there is to see.
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Admittedly that’s basically just a stand which incorporates some dug outs, with a park bench on the opposite side, but at least it’s accessible.
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I’d say it lacks a little bit of wow factor, which is a shame. There are some Scottish junior grounds that are similar but better, such as Ormiston’s Recreation Park. But it scores points for its unusual location and being able to look around it. So I’m going to put this down as a goody.
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Woodhorn Lane Update

This week saw a banner go up by the club car park, or it’s the first time I’ve noticed it, with an image of what the stand should look like on completion. And it’s safe to say that looking from the same view, it’s definitely taking shape.
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Ricoh Arena (Coventry City)

Well I’m torn whether to shower this one in praise after the sheer relief of finding it, or tell the truth over how little I cared for the place.
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I took these photographs during the club’s hiatus from the city, having spent a year playing their home games in Northampton. However they were in with those I lost when my phone broke, presumably gone forever.
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Thankfully these and a few other grounds have now resurfaced, so whilst I was delighted to discover them, I can’t pretend I wasn’t disappointed at my visit.
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Firstly, the entire stadium’s car park is a pay and display, meaning your visit needs to be brief or else you’ll be charged. Secondly, a giant casino takes up a huge chunk of the ground and is totally irrelevant.
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There are some positives though. When I visited, the home dugout had been dumped outside, alongside some advertising hoardings. Which would be great to rummage around or just for a quick picture on the bench.
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There’s also the fact that the club appear to have banned e-cigarettes, which is a quirky enough item to have on your forbidden list. Oh and they also seem to have used another dugout for a smoking shelter, and stuck a bike rack next to it to.
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But even though it scores so positively on those fronts, and you can see inside as well, I’m giving it the thumbs down. The huge casino on the side makes it feel way too business-like.
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Woodhorn Lane Update
It seems like another week with visible progress. The outside seems to have a huge amount of scaffolding up, with what appears to be insulation panels being attached to it. It’ll be interesting to see what covers those. Also, although the windows haven’t had glass fitted, there is some glass on site, with what appear to be windows on the other side of the stand in place. And we have window frames in place too. Exciting!
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Lesser Hampden (Queen’s Park, occasionally)

This definitely ticks the box as one of the oddest grounds I’ve visited yet it scores highly for one simple reason – its name.
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Located right next door to Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium, it’s definitely fair to describe itself as lesser.
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Scottish Third Division side Queen’s Park bizarrely ply their trade in the 52,000 seater stadium next door, but as their average crowds tend to be around the 400 mark, this has been used as an occasional alternative.
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The last time it was home to any League games seems to have been the 1990s, although the Queen’s Park youth teams still use the facility and it was also used as a warm-up area for Commonwealth Games athletes in 2014 too.
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There’s not loads to see but what there is can be viewed easily enough. The old white building used to be the changing rooms and is thought to be one of the oldest football buildings in the world, having predated the ground and being built in the 19th century when it was just farmland.
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So it’s worth a visit. There’s a running track which would make it horrendous to watch a game at, especially as the uncovered seating is off to the side but hey, it’s another “two for the price of one” with big Hampden across the road, so get yourself over.
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Woodhorn Lane Update
This week it’s very much car parks I can be bothered to visit. Not a lot seems to be happening externally at the moment, but the car park is coming along nicely and they’ve shifted the huge mound of dirt that was there after excavations.
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