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Ground of the week: The Beveree

From Plough Lane to the Beveree, find out how the home of Hampton & Richmond owes a lot to many football clubs. Email your ground of the week to nonleague@bbc.co.uk

Stuart Croll (NonLeagueToday)

With so many grounds in London and the south-east closing or under threat of closure it is great to go to The Beveree ­ the home of Hampton and Richmond Borough.
The Beveree is one of the smaller but more attractive grounds in the Blue Square South.

Situated in the heart of Hampton village, the ground is developed mainly along two sides and surrounded by trees on the two other sides.

Fact File

Capacity: 3,000 (Seats 300)

Address: Beaver Close, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2BX

Directions
BY ROAD: Exit the M25 at the M3 Junction and head
towards Central London. Come off at Junction 1 (Sunbury)
and follow signs for A308 Kingston. After approximately
2 miles turn left into High Street, then immediately
left into Station Road. The entrance to Beveree is in
Beaver Close, which is 200 yards on the right.

BY RAIL: Hampton (BR), ten minutes walk

Capacity is officially 3,000 with 800 under cover plus 300 seated in two stands. There is hard standing round the entire perimeter of the pitch. The ground is named after that large house (now a preparatory school) that still overlooks it today, and in whose grounds the pitch was first laid out.

Hampton moved from Hatherop Road to The Beveree in 1959 when they acquired the lease of this attractively situated ground on the north bank of the River Thames.
The first couple of years were spent using the old stables as changing rooms and this sufficed until 1962.

The sixties saw the ground take on the shape it has now with the main stand replacing an old shack and a large clubhouse and floodlights appeared.

The main stand straddles the half-way line.

Wooden benches originally provided seating but seats acquired from two grounds later replaced these: Granleigh Road (Leytonstone), and Plough Lane (Wimbledon).

On one side of the stand is a large covered terrace providing cover for 800 spectators and on the other side is an uncovered terrace. The dugouts are on the opposite side of the ground where there is limited standing as there is behind one goal.

Behind the other goal is the Alan Simpson Stand.

Named after the club president ­the writer of Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son - this stand holds 100 fans. There is some open terracing to either side. This end also has the clubs dressing rooms and the Hammonds Social Club. In this corner are the turnstiles - a further import to the ground as they previously saw service at nearby Hurst Park racecourse until its closure in the early 1960s The Beveree is a well-kept venue that retains a certain rural charm and is well worth visiting.

last updated: 27/10/2008 at 14:59
created: 27/10/2008

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