Sunday, 25 September 2011

Histon - The Glassworld Stadium

Histon FC
The Glassworld Stadium
Bridge Road
CB24 9PH

01223 237373
Official Website

Matchday Number: 158
Saturday 14th August 2010
Histon 3-1 Barrow
Blue Square Premier

Histon had been a ground that I had been looking to visit for a while, seeing as it was the only ground in the Conference that I had to do at the time. Wycombe were away at Stockport on the 14th August, so knowing that it was not a happy hunting ground for the Wanderers, I pencilled in Histon's match against Barrow as a game to go to.

Setting off around 10am, it left me plenty of time to visit a few other grounds that I had not been to along the way - Garden Walk, the home of Royston Town and The City Ground, where Cambridge City are the home team. I got to Histon just before 1.30 and was met by some very friendly people who let me in their bar. After a couple of pints I made my way into the ground for the slightly high price of £14. Histon had had fairly well documented financial problems in the summer and as a result had a severely depleted playing budget.

New manager John Beck had done his best to cobble together a squad, consisting mainly of youngsters. Barrow were another team expected to be in the lower reaches of the table come the seasons end. The visitors took the lead on 10 minutes though a Remy Clerima own goal. They continued to pressurize and could have had more goals. But the home side got the equaliser on 26 minutes through Romone McCrae. 2 goals from Zac Attwood sealed the victory for Histon, they probably deserved it as Barrow faded after a bright start.

THE GLASSWORLD STADIUM struggled to keep up with the rapid progress Histon made up the leagues. As a result, only the old main stand remains, albeit with an extension on the side. The other 3 sides are what is known as "Arena" stands, basically metal stands, that are packed onto the back of a lorry and assembled at the point of use. They are usually smaller in size and associated with smaller clubs. They provide a functional if uninspiring look, but to be fair the view from them was not that bad.

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