This was a textbook visit to a ground with little to see but plenty of character.
I hit lucky in that the adjoining cricket club were playing, so the gate was open, but even without that everything is largely visible.
Hard standing surrounds most of the pitch, with one corner being used for a few banks of terracing, a feature in a few County Durham grounds at this level such as Crook, that I’ve not seen anywhere else.
The main stand itself is pleasantly sized and would be largely unspectacular if it wasn’t so beautifully coloured. As it is, it certainly catches the eye.
The other side of the pitch houses the JF Ellbeck Stand, a most curious structure that houses precisely six seats. I’ve no idea why its seated capacity is so small, and it’s not the least amount of seats we’ve seen after the shed at Seaton Delaval Amateurs, but it’s a wonderful quirk all the same.
The open spaces around the rest of the ground let it down a little, but it’d be a bit harsh to mark it down on that basis. As it is I’ll give it a thumbs up for at least having plenty on show.
Woodhorn Lane Update
The exterior fence is completed! Erm, not much else to see from this angle but pleasingly, it’s quite clear how close we are to the end.
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