Church Road (football stadium)

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Church Road
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Home ground up to 19 April 2011
Location Hayes, Greater London
Coordinates 51°30′54.26″N 0°25′20.04″W / 51.5150722°N 0.4222333°W / 51.5150722; -0.4222333Coordinates: 51°30′54.26″N 0°25′20.04″W / 51.5150722°N 0.4222333°W / 51.5150722; -0.4222333
Capacity 4,500 (500 seated)
Record attendance 15,370
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 26 August 1920
Closed 19 April 2011
Demolished 2011
Tenants
Hayes (1920–2007)
Hayes & Yeading (2007–2011)

Church Road was a 4,500-capacity football stadium Hayes, England - the home-ground of Hayes F.C., and latterly Hayes and Yeading F.C. following the two clubs' merger in 2007.[1][2]

History[edit]

After initially playing at Botwell Common, Hayes F.C. (then known as Botwell Mission) moved to the ground in Church Road. The site was originally named Cox's Meadow and later Townfield. It officially opened with a Whites vs Stripes trial match on 26 August 1920.[3] During World War II the clubhouse was hit by a bomb dropped by the Luftwaffe. The record attendance at the ground was 15,370 for an FA Amateur Cup match against Bromley in 1951.[3]

Hayes and Yeading F.C. left the ground reluctantly at the end of the 2010–11 season, moving to a purportedly temporary groundshare at Woking's Kingfield Stadium, with the intention of relocating to Yeading's Warren ground in Beaconsfield Road.

The Church Road stadium was demolished in 2011, making way for a swiftly built Barratt Homes housing development.[1]

For some twenty years before its demolition, the spacious car-park at the front of the former stadium was the site of a popular local community market on Wednesdays and Fridays each week.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hayes and Yeading's Church Road - the final whistle Uxbridge Gazette, 15 September 2010
  2. ^ Hayes & Yeading to leave Church Road ground BBC Sport, 28 March 2011
  3. ^ a b Hayes Pyramid Passion