Hayes Lane

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Hayes Lane
Hayes Lane Stadium (geograph 3359000).jpg
Location Bromley, England
Owner Bromley
Capacity 5,000 (1,300 seated)[1]
Record attendance 10,798
Surface Grass
Opened 1938[2]
Tenants
Bromley
Cray Wanderers
Crystal Palace Ladies

Hayes Lane is a football stadium in Bromley, Greater London, England. Located between Bromley town centre and Hayes, it is the home of Bromley F.C., and also used by Cray Wanderers and Crystal Palace Ladies.

The current capacity of the ground is 5,000,[3] of which 1,300 is seated and 2,500 covered.[1]

History[edit]

Bromley moved to Hayes Lane in 1938 from their previous ground, also on the same road.[4] It initially featured a 2,500-seat stand on one side of the pitch, with the remainder of the pitch surrounded by banking.[4] The ground was opened by Stanley Rous on 3 September 1938, with Walthamstow Avenue winning 6–1.[5] The record attendance at the ground of 10,798 was set on 24 September September 1948 for a friendly game between Bromley and a Nigeria XI.[4] Floodlights were installed in 1960, and were formally switched on for a game between Japan and an Isthmian League XI on 27 September.[4]

The banking was later replaced by concrete terracing, with both ends of the pitch later covered.[5] The original stand burned down in October 1992,[5] and was replaced by a much smaller 320-seat stand, which was opened the following year.[4] Seats obtained from the London Aquatics Centre were installed behind one goal to meet ground grading regulations after promotion to the National League.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2013) Non-League Club Directory 2013: 35th Edition TW Publications, p273
  2. ^ Hayes Lane Football Ground Guide
  3. ^ Bromley, Braintree and Bristol Rovers: Who'll be hosting relegated Tranmere Rovers in the Conference National next season Liverpool Echo, 26 April 2015
  4. ^ a b c d e Bromley Pyramid Passion
  5. ^ a b c d Return of the Bromley Boy David Bauckham

Coordinates: 51°23′24.37″N 0°01′15.90″E / 51.3901028°N 0.0210833°E / 51.3901028; 0.0210833