A nice short and sweet one here, since I’ve pulled off the M62 specifically just to give you a Good Friday treat.
Certainly not a classic, due in no small part to it being visited in the dark. So the images are pretty limited really.
Although in fairness, I’m not sure how much there’ll be to see in daylight if the gates are locked. I was just lucky that I was gigging here.
So I can’t really say you shouldn’t visit. Especially seeing as Ossett has two football grounds. So it’s nothing if not economical.
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It’s an odd one, this. Every part of me wanted to hate it, but I just couldn’t. Whilst the ground left me cold, Llangollen itself is absolutely stunning.
I passed through the town on a hot sunny day and was taken aback at the sheer majesty of the place. Sat amongst lush green hills, it’s nothing short of stunning.
And whilst that might seem irrelevant in a blog about a football ground, it’s ultimately what rescues it. I ended up following a single lane farm track, and the actual road the ground is on isn’t much better, making it quite a confusing visit.
Thankfully the gate was open and I could pop my head in but there really wasn’t much to actually see. A couple of dug outs and a half-arsed stand built into the changing rooms and clubhouse.
Yet the view from that stand was incredible. Steep banks of lush green, I can’t think of a more idyllic setting in British football. Matlock Town and some of the grounds that sit at the foot of the Clackmannan hills in Scotland, maybe.
Even so, it’s a thumbs up from me regardless. Beautiful.
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Perfect, perfect, perfect. If last week’s blog seemed a little mundane, then this is exactly the sort of thing we’re looking for.
It scores perfectly in just about every department too. It’s delightfully daft, wedged into the site of a former quarry, meaning one goal backs onto a cliff side. Brilliant.
The cliff also has a target painted behind one of the goals as well, which was almost a touch too quirky for me, but I’ll let it slide. It’s easily accessible, meaning you’ll be able to visit and see everything whenever you like, and you can even perch yourself high on the cliff for a bird’s eye view.
A little stand completes this ground perfectly, meaning it scores absolute full marks for me. I can’t think of anything it’s missing and although it’s no Tinto Park, it’s right in the upper echelons of grounds I’ve visited so far.
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Sometimes there’s just one tiny feature that turns a ground from the mundane to the brilliant and Carmarthen Town of the Welsh Premier League have just that.
In terms of structure there’s really the one stand. A couple of places for shelter dotted around, and a weird TV gantry opposite the single stand. So why am I scoring it so highly? Their club shop.
Take a bloody look at that! For no apparent reason, it’s done up like a ghetto blaster and is quite simply magnificent. Is it worth driving to Wales for? You betcha.
The only negative I can really find is that access around the ground on a non-matchday is a bit iffy, but all of my pics are taken from outside, barring the club shop which I stole from the internet but is still visible.
So for one reason, and one reason alone, Richmond Park scores very highly indeed.
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