Eastern Counties League
Thetford doubled for Walmington-on-Sea in the long-running BBC-1 TV series, Dad's Army.
A rare Friday evening opportunity saw the Pieman swiftly exported to Thetford by Local Bus Driver via the A10 and A11. We arrived at the ground with half an hour to spare. Plenty of time to get those all important photos. For the price of an Upton Park programme (£3.50) you can get one at Thetford's Mundford Road. You also get admission to the match included in the same price.
The day before this trip I spoke to the much-respected Nigel Maitland (the Pieman is going to one of his wedding receptions so has to be polite - Ed). He had been to Thetford Town FC earlier this season and told me that it was 'falling apart'. I guess that some of these pictures will underline the Maitland statement. However the Pieman prefers to say that the venue has seen better days.
On a chilly evening, the refreshment bar was doing brisk trade and supplied a wide selection of hot snacks. There is also a clubhouse with a licensed bar behind the stand.
The remainder of the ground does not contain any additional spectator facilities, apart from limited terracing either side of the stand. Not sure if these dugouts have made it into David Bauckham's Nomad archives but they are certainly worth a look. I noticed that some half built brick structures are located on the opposite side of the pitch. It could be that these Anderson Shelters will soon be on the way out.
"Oh the match!" - visiting Cornard United carried out a 'smash & grab' raid to nick all 3 points. The goal was scored just before the half time break and victory was achieved through some heroic defending and determined goalkeeping. Thetford will still wonder how they managed to lose the match as they dominated for long periods. Our journey home was good, taking an hour and a half.
'Falling apart' it might be Nigel, but I liked this place.
Programme: with admission