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Welling

Ground of the week: Park View Road

This week our Ground of the week is home to two Kent sides Welling United and Erith and Belvedere and has been a venue for football since the 1920s

Stuart Croll (NonLeagueToday)

Welling United Football Club were founded in 1963 but their ground Park View Road ­ has been football venue since the 1920s. By the late 1930s there was a large grandstand on the ground with dressing rooms underneath.

This stand suffered bomb damage during the second wrold war and was eventually demolished. Before Welling United took over the ground it was the home of Bexley United.

They played their last home game at Park View Road in April 1976 in front of
222 spectators. Meanwhile Welling United were one of ten clubs interested in taking over the ground. For the first fifteen years Welling played on a sports ground at nearby Butterfly Lane, Eltham. And in January 1977 they were granted the lease to the ground.
The ground had been left to rot and a fire had damaged the stand.

Fact File

Capacity: 4,500 (Seats 1,000)

Address: Park View Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 1SY

The first match was on August 26th 1977 and it heralded the club's climb to the heights of NonLeague football. New boundary walls, perimeter fences, turnstiles and terracing have all been installed to comply with various leagues as they progressed through the pyramid.

The ground itself is a generally attractive venue and is one of the most enjoyable grounds to visit in the Blue Square South. On one side is a newish all-seater stand.
This attractive looking stand is fully covered and has a couple of supporting pillars that double as the bases for some floodlight pylons.

park view

Park View

Adjacent to this stand is a rather unattractive building which houses a social club ­ and they welcome away fans. On the other side is a classic old looking seated stand. It is quite steep and still contains wooden seating.

The view from this stand is slightly restricted as the roof is supported by a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. Both ends are open terraces and there is a slope to the pitch which runs down towards the Park View End.

This end is particularly close to the street called Park View Road behind the terrace.
This helps Park View Road maintain its traditional feel as it is one of those, sadly becoming rarer, football grounds adjacent to the main high street. In fact passengers on the upper deck of passing red buses have a perfect - if brief - view of the action to their left.

Obviously for a better view you should be inside the ground and Park View Road is a good venue to watch football.

How to Get There by Car & Where to Park

Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and take the A2 towards Central London.
Leave the A2 at the third exit (signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup).
Take the A221 towards Bexleyheath and at the next roundabout turn right (3rd
exit) continue towards Bexleyheath.
You will go under a bridge that carries the A2.
At the next roundabout take the second exit into
Danson Road. Follow this road until your reach a T-junction.
At these traffic lights turn left into Park View Road.
The ground is down on the left.
There is no car park at the ground as such, but there is plenty of street parking available.

Nearest Train Station

Welling station is situated just under a mile away from the ground.
It is served by trains from London Victoria and London Charing Cross.

last updated: 18/12/2008 at 11:24
created: 15/12/2008

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