UINTED COUNTIES LEAGUE 1 @ BILLING RD
9 APRIL 2016 --- 3PM
|BILLING ROAD GROUND OF CHENECKS|
Heavy overnight rain had not put too many fears into our minds and we set off for a 4 train journey to Northampton for a new ground and also a new town. Having done some research on the town there was a willingness to arrive a few hours before kick off to allow time for a little mini tour on foot around some of the sites but I await a quick revisit to take in the cricket club and a more leisurely look at the large town centre.
|HERE WE GO FIRST CHANGE DERBY|
|THE TOWERING FLOODLIGHTS AT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE CRICKET CLUB |
OVERSEE TODAYS PROCEEDINGS
|GREAT POSTER FEATURING THE MUPPETS SWEEDISH CHEF|
|FRANKLIN GARNDERNS HOME OF THE SAINTS|
|SKY LINE DOMINATING NATIONAL LIFT TOWER|
|FORMER BARRATTS SHOE FACTORY OFFICES|
|THE SMART GUILDHALL BUILDING IN THE TOWN CENTRE|
|AN EARLY WELCOME FROM THE 'GATE' AT CHENECKS|
|THE STAND AT BILLING RD|
Having had a little chat we made use of the tea bar and were soon on our second hot beverage and a bridge roll with hot dogs and onions. The ground then is of course enclosed from the road but quite open with the site. By our entrance a turn to the left brings us past bat a row of seats attached to the front of an immediate club building we move onto the snack bar and then 'Bat and Ball' bar and toilets. To the end of this building a small gap before the previously mentioned pavilion which at its base provides the changing rooms for todays teams and officials. The whole ground is railed off and has three floodlights down either side the top side that we are on is on the edge of the cricket square and that end of the football season are taken down. This area obviously remains grass standing has does the area behind the far go which is bordered by a further football pitch. Coming back down the far touchline we encounter the dug outs and behind them a storage building.
|REMEMBERING COUNTY CRICKET DAYS IN THE 70'S|
|FORMER ENGLAND CRICKETER PETER WILLEY WITH CLUB SECRETARY BRYAN|
|CELEBRATIONS AT 2-0|
|THRAPSTON ON THE BALL|
|REFEREE HENRY AS TIME FOR A QUICK SMILE|
It was certainly a sharp walk but we arrived at just after 5.15pm and boarded the waiting train to depart at Rugby. Here we had a wait of around 50 minutes and after a little walk round the little 'T's' we looked a short distance up Craven Rd and Mick spotted 'Extra Fish Bar' something we had not seen on our visit to Rugby Town FC last season. This may be a new shop but it was busy with locals, always a good sign, so off we went in for a little fish and chip supper. They were very nice and filled in our walk brief walk back to the station whereupon we took a little look at the adjacent Stagecoach bus depot which seems to be a base for some very large Megabus vehicles.
|LEFT HAND DRIVE MEGABUS COACH AT RUGBY DEPOT|
Todays visit was fully enjoyable visiting this interesting town and a charming little club in Northampton ON Chenecks who offered all visitors, regular or irregular, a warm welcome, best wishes guys!
|THE MODERN NORTHAMPTON STATION|