Peckham Town v Borden Village

Time drags when you’re hiding from a pandemic, and after six long months of staying indoors, hoarding loo roll and watching every single episode of Come Dine With Me, I was gagging for a goal-fest. So, this 0-0 draw wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Still, if there’s one place that’s guaranteed to re-kindle a passion for groundhopping, it’s Peckham Town’s gleefully named Menace … Continue reading Peckham Town v Borden Village

Dartford v Dulwich Hamlet

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Princes Park, Dartford’s home ground. The place might be small, with a capacity of just over 4,000, but pound for pound it’s arguably one of the best grounds in the country. It’s painstakingly eco-friendly in its design, with grass on the roof, a sunken pitch, solar-powered loos and its own water recycling system. It has its own golf … Continue reading Dartford v Dulwich Hamlet

AFC Croydon Athletic v Lordswood

AFC Croydon Athletic are a relatively local team for me. I live just under five miles from their ground, the Mayfield Stadium, and for some reason I felt like getting a bit of exercise so decided to make the journey on foot. Couldn’t do any harm, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. On my groundhopping travels I’ve journeyed to stadiums all over Britain and abroad, but … Continue reading AFC Croydon Athletic v Lordswood

Carshalton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

The qualifying rounds of the FA Cup are, in many ways, the competition at its very best. Before the big dogs rumble up and sour everything with their infuriating wealth, this is a pocket of football that remains somewhere in the vague vicinity of pure. These rounds provide even the smallest of clubs with an excuse to dream. An opportunity to think that maybe, just … Continue reading Carshalton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

Beckenham Town v Punjab United

Beckenham Town’s home ground puts the “Eden” into “Eden Park Avenue”. Well, that’s maybe going a bit far. There are no snakes, or apples, or naked people here (thankfully), but I suppose what I’m trying to say is that it’s a pretty nice place to watch football. On a warm opening day of the season like this one, it seems tailor-made for sitting outside, drinking … Continue reading Beckenham Town v Punjab United

Dulwich Hamlet v Slough Town

Champion Hill is a cracking place to watch football, if you know what you’re doing. Over the last ten years, average attendances here have soared from under 200 to well over 2,000, and occasionally even bypass the 3,000 mark. Given that the entire stadium doesn’t hold much more than that, the swelling crowds can often make matches feel like a real squeeze, but in the … Continue reading Dulwich Hamlet v Slough Town

Croydon v Lewisham Borough

One of the pleasures of non-league groundhopping is arriving early and having a wander round to take in the whole ground. You could easily fill an entire Instagram account with the unexpected junk so often seen lying around the seemingly never-visited corners of some. At Beckenham Town, I spotted a cheerily-decomposing fox corpse that had clearly been there for months, if not years. Here, they … Continue reading Croydon v Lewisham Borough