Tuesday 3rd April 2007
Abingdon United 1-1 Chesham United
Southern League, Division 1 South and West
VISIT 1: ABINGDON UTD 1-1 CHESHAM UTD
As a few ex Wycombe players were playing for Chesham in this game I decided to make my way over to Abingdon United for this Tuesday night fixture. I want with my mate Paul and on the way, we visited a few grounds such as AFC Wallingford, Milton United and Abingdon Town.We were lucky that get it started to get dark quite late to allow the photos to be taken and that it wasn't too cold. Looking back entry was well priced at £4, a real bargain. I got rid of my original programme years ago but recently rebought it back on eBay. It was a great issue, nice and thick and with plenty to read. In the reverse fixture back in August, Chesham had triumphed 3-2 and according to my sources, this was the only season in which the two sides played in the same league. The two sides had met back in 1991 for a Berks & Bucks Cup tie, Chesham winning 3-0 on that occasion.
There were Wycombe players on either side. Pacey striker Jermaine McSporran was back in non-league after injury ruined a promising start at Adams Park. Chesham United, managed by the former Watford and England star Luther Blissett also had a number of ex Wanderers in the side including Robert Rice, Alan Massey and Pietro Giambrone although these played mainly in the youth team. I don't recall much about the game, to be honest, and the internet failed to throw up complete details but the game ended 1-1 in front of a crowd of 107. Anaclet Odihambo got Abingdon's goal.
NORTHCOURT ROAD is a decent ground for the Hellenic League, having seen service at step 4 in the Southern League. The main seated area is a metal 'Arena' type stand, this holds 158 supporters under cover. On the other side of the pitch is a small covered area holding 100. The rest of the 2,000 capacity ground is open to the elements.
At the ground is a clubhouse and tea bar. I can't remember much about these, but the town is a walkable distance away. There you will find a number of takeaways and pubs and although I've not visited, the Nags Head and the Brewery Tap look promising.