Farnborough Town Club Profile

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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club Statistics; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities


Club Background

You wouldn't have thought redevelopment was called for, now would you?  Ciderspace
Farnborough's Main Stand - the rest of the ground is no better.
Farnborough are another relatively new club who have come a long way in a short time. They began life in the Surrey Senior League in 1968, progressing from there into the Spartan League before joining the Athenian League and at the same time moving into their present home at Cherrywood Road in the mid-70's.

More success followed with the club moving to the Isthmian League [what is it with all these Greek names? I've often wondered - digressing ed], and eventually working their way up the pyramid to the Conference for the first time in 1989. Their first stay in the non-league game's elite didn't last long however. Boro, in the first setback of their brief history, were relegated back down to the Southern League a season later.

Since then they've been up and down like a submarine's periscope. Okay a slight exaggeration perhaps, but two more promotions and subsequent relegations in the last decade tell their own story. Now Farnborough are enjoying another spell in the Conference, finishing a creditable 7th last term, their first back in the top flight this time of asking. Why should the tale be any different this time, we ask ourselves? Can Farnborough consolidate into genuine contenders, or will they revert to their so far excellent impression of a rather large and inefficient yo-yo?

Well, things have changed somewhat at Cherrywood Road, which isn't called Cherrywood Road anymore, instead rejoicing in the title of the Aimita Stadium. Former Barrow boy boss Graham Westley took over the managerial reins in 1999 and - as the saying goes - liked the club so much that he bought it, and then made everybody laugh when he said his aim was to get Farnborough into the Premiership within 10 years. The trouble is, Westley was serious - he meant what he said, but not for the first time his ambition seemed to outstrip the club's standing and potential.

Farnborough have never been the best supported club in non-league football, and the Aimita Stadium er, sorry, it's Cherrywood as far as we're concerned, has never been the biggest ground around. Both factors must have had something to do with Westley's increasingly bizarre schemes over the last couple of years, which have seen him attempting to get ground-shares going with Aldershot and Woking (both coming to nothing) and, weirdest of all, a full-blown merger with cash-strapped Kingstonian which would have seen the merged club playing in Kingston, some 30-odd miles away from Farnborough itself. In the event that plan was kicked into touch and Westley has now seemingly resigned himself to the inevitable - Cherrywood Road is to be upgraded to a Football League standard ground with the minimum 6,000 capacity, supposedly in time for the play-offs (should Farnborough reach them) this season. He has threatened/promised to leave the club at the end of this campaign unless sufficient support from the local community is forthcoming - and by that he means from fans, local business and the local council. See ya sometime then Graham!

Prediction corner:
Last time around we forecast a 9th placed finish for Farnborough but they did slightly better than that in the end, coming in at 7th place. They've improved their squad again over the summer, adding the talents of ex-Glovers hero Tony Pennock, ex-Rushden midfield man Gary Butterworth and experienced striker Ken Charlery to an already strong set-up. We still don't think they're good enough to win the league but at a price of 16/1 they're not a bad each-way bet to get into the play-offs. Final position: 5th....... and Westley to leave at the end of the season.

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We've Met Before ...



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Farnborough Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Farnborough Town

22/11/1980HomeFAC1W2-12396Morrall, Ritchie
28/08/1985HomeVOLW1-01414McGinlay
29/10/1985AwayVOLW2-1760Smith, Pearson
16/09/1986AwayVOLW2-1830Randall(2)
08/10/1986HomeVOLL1-22352James
11/02/1987HomeACD4W6-31331Zachhau, Randall(2), Miller, Pearson, Coates
26/10/1987AwayGMAC1W2-1516Ferns, Wallace
26/12/1987HomeVOLW2-02008Pearson, Rutter
02/04/1988AwayVOLW1-01018Randall
12/08/1988AwayFrndW2-1350
26/12/1989HomeGMVCD0-02487
01/01/1990AwayGMVCW4-21183Wallace, Carroll(2), Cordice
03/09/1991AwayBLT1AL2-3461Spencer(2)
17/09/1991HomeBLT1BW3-01473Carroll(2), Boulton
02/11/1991AwayGMVCD0-0685
21/12/1991HomeGMVCD2-21659Spencer, Pritchard
09/03/1993AwayGMVCL1-2582Batty
30/03/1993HomeGMVCW5-22404Sherwood, Spencer(2), Wilson(2)
26/12/1994HomeGMVCL0-11938
18/03/1995AwayGMVCW3-0680Evans, Whale, Black
21/10/1995AwayFAC4QL1-21409Patmore
25/08/1997HomeConfL0-13286
13/12/1997AwayConfD2-21093Hannigan, Archer
01/11/1998AwayFAC4QW3-11396Piper 40, Hayfield 51, Patmore 69
28/12/1998HomeConfW6-32924Patmore 17, 84, 87, Thompson 30, Stott 52, 66
05/04/1999AwayConfD0-0870
11/09/2001HomeConfL0-12316
09/03/2002AwayConfW3-11404Own Goal 53, Giles 86, Stansfield 90
03/09/2002HomeConfW2-02231Crittenden 50, Johnson 72
15/02/2003AwayConfW4-22114Johnson 14, McIndoe 65, Jackson 74, 90


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Farnborough Town

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
82430161033321918576235


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Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

05/04/2003Kettering TownAwayConfW4-1877L Piper 6, 76, Baptiste 24, Charlery 90
12/04/2003MorecambeHomeConfL2-3803Vansittart 52, Charlery 83
15/04/2003Chester CityAwayConfW2-01869Baptiste 17, 25
19/04/2003MargateAwayConfD0-0635
21/04/2003Gravesend and NorthfleetHomeConfD1-11015Charlery 90
26/04/2003Nuneaton BoroughAwayConfW2-01710L Piper 29, Pitcher 75


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Rocky Baptiste11720121
Lenny Piper10220014
Ken Charlery12100013
Joff Vansittart501006
Danny Carroll230005
Geoff Pitcher400004
Dean Green210003
Gary Butterworth110002
Gary Holloway110002
Tony Taggart110002
Chris Piper110002
Paul Harkness100001
Steve Watson100001
Christian Lee100001
Dean Barrick100001
Barry Laker100001
Nathan Bunce001001
Gary Patterson100001
Jim Rodwell100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 2114, vs Yeovil Town, 15/02/2003
Lowest League Attendance: 500, vs Forest Green Rovers, 24/09/2002
Average League Attendance: 881

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 8
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 4
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 4
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 2 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: DDDLLD
Away Results Sequence: DLWWDW Overall Results Sequence: WLWDDW


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Club Information

Aimita Stadium,
Cherrywood Road,
Farnborough
Hampshire, GU14 8UD.

Telephone Number : 01252 541469
Fax :
Clubcall : 09068 400224 (calls 60p a minute at all times)

Chairman : Graham Westley
Press Officer : Graham Westley
Fixtures Secretary : Graham Westley
Team Manager : Graham Westley
Capacity : 4,163
Seated : 627
Covered Terrace : 1,350

Record Attendance : 3,581 v Brentford, FA Cup 1995-96

Nickname : Boro

Colours : Red and white
Midweek Games Played : Tuesday
Ticket prices :
Terrace : adult £9, concessions £5
Stand : adult £ 10, concessions £6

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Directions To The Ground

General
Farnborough is in Hampshire, and about as local as Conference away trips get for Yeovil Town fans these days.



By Road

>From the M3 motorway :
Leave the motorway at Junction 4 and take the A331 signed to Farnham. After a few hundred yards exit at the second slip road - signed A325 Farnborough - turn right at the roundabout and cross over the dual carriageway. Then as all directions

From south of Farnborough :
Take the A31, Guildford to Farnham road, and turn north onto the recently opened A331 dual carriageway, heading towards the M3. Go past the Farnborough exit and leave the A331 at the Frimley exit and turn left at the top of the slip-road. Then as all directions -

All directions :
Pass the Farnborough Gate shopping centre on your left and at the next roundabout turn left onto the A325. Go over a pelican crossing and at the next set of lights take the right filter into Prospect Avenue. At the end of this road turn right into Cherrywood Road. The ground is half a mile on the right.

Aimita Stadium a.k.a. Cherrywood Road  Ciderspace
Cherrywood Road from the outside. What's the word we're looking for....... ramshackle.
There is a (giggle) car park...... bits of it were almost usable last year.

By Rail

>From Farnborough Main station : Frequent fast and semi-fast services from London Waterloo, Basingstoke and Southampton provided by South West Trains.
>From the station approach turn right onto Union Street i.e. with the railway line on your right. After half a mile turn right at the traffic lights onto Prospect Road, go under the railway bridge and follow this road over two roundabouts (where it becomes Cherrywood Road). The ground is on the right half a mile beyond the second roundabout. Allow 25 minutes. Taxis normally available (2.50 or so one-way).

From Farnborough North station :
Hourly stopping services from Reading and Guildford provided by Thames Trains.
>From the halt walk up Farnborough Street past the Imperial Arms and at the junction go over into Highgate Lane. Follow this road up to the T-junction with the main Farnborough Road, turn right and at the next set of traffic lights turn left into Prospect Avenue. At the end of this road turn right into Cherrywood Road. Allow 25 minutes. Taxis best booked in advance. Try 01252 666990.

Directions courtesy of Farnborough Town On The Web

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Web Resources

Web Sites

Farnborough Town On The Web
Farnborough Town Official Website
BoroBias
PTWFTWSITW
Panther Studio
FTFC Mad
Farnborough Town Heaven

Ciderspace Reviews


Web Message Boards
Farnborough Town Message Board

E-Mail Mailing Lists

None known.


Local Press

Surrey Advertiser

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Food & Drink

Club Bar :

According to the guide on Farnborough Town On The Web, "Morland, Worthington & Fosters beers should be served in the Club bar. Strangely, only expensive canned and bottled beer has been available lately. The absence-of-draught-beer situation is 'under review' apparently."

When we were there last season Farnborough was relegation fodder in what is currently a pretty pathetic table of Conference clubhouses. Thoroughly unpleasant beer dispensed in a pretty unpleasant hovel. Ciderspace's own hardened team of alcoholic wasters seasoned tasters will be checking out this deplorable situation on March 9th 2002 and reporting back - Farnborough, you have been warned!

Local Pubs :

Best pub for miles.  Ciderspace
The Prince of Wales
The best pub in Farnborough by a long way is The Prince of Wales (pictured). Its drawback is that it is a long way from the ground - but good if you happen to have arrived in town at Farnborough North railway station a hundred yards or so away. It has an excellent and well kept range of beers, with Hogs Back TEA probably the pick of the bunch. The food was well above average, with both the obvious pub type food in good portions, and some rather more esoteric dishes too (lunchtimes only). Opening hours are 11.30-14.30 and 17.30-11.00. An entertaining group of Farnborough's more discerning fans drink there. You have to talk about beer and football in their company - what a hardship, eh! The Thatched Cottage in Prospect Road (see directions from Farnborough Main station) is not in the same league but can be recommended.

The Prince of Wales: 184, Rectory Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8AL. Tel. (01252)545578
The Thatched Cottage: 122, Prospect Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8NU.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

High, especially if you can speak in a home counties whine. Failing that, received pronounciation will do at a pinch.

Top-Tip : Don't offer to tarmac anyone's drive.

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Local Amenities

Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in Farnborough and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

The International Air Show is worth a visit, otherwise the best thing about Farnborough is that it's not Aldershot.

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