The Pieman first saw football in the town in 1986 at the club's former ground 'New Writtle Street' (right) which was situated next to the County Cricket ground. After a period of time sharing the facilities at Billericay Town's 'New Lodge', it is good to see Chelmsford City back playing in the town at Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre. We travelled via London Liverpool Street and in both directions caught Norwich intercity services. Buses 54 & 56 from directly outside Chelmsford station will take you to the bottom of Salerno Way from where you can see the ground a few hundred yards away.
|Aerial photograph taken prior to Chelmsford City moving to the stadium|
The club have clearly done a lot of work in getting this athletics venue up to the required standard for senior football. The main stand is excellent but you will pay a little more to sit here. On the opposite side there is further seating but the downside of this is that this area is lower and your view could be obscured by standing spectators. Directly behind each goal is some limited temporary terracing which does assist the fans in providing some atmosphere - the travelling Maidstone United fans certainly took advantage of this with vociferous chanting throughout the match. It certainly reflected the remarkable return of the former football league club, having gone under some years back.
The start of the match was delayed by 15 minutes whilst the ground staff marked the penalty areas. It appears that the Maidstone United keeper, Pat Mullin, had noticed that the penalty area was too small. Chelmsford took the lead early in the match but were pegged back just before the break. In blustery conditions both teams struggled to make the important breakthrough but with two minutes left Maidstone scored a fine goal. There was still time for former Spurs man Jeff Minton to miss a penalty for Chelmsford who also missed a sitter before the end.
Hotspur's Burger: £2.50
Bus from station: £2.80 return
Fare: £4.15 cheap day return from Boundary Zone 6 with Gold card discount