Oh When The Town
Fenny Stratford has a new football team, Buckingham Town, now based at Manor Fields, next to the Irish Centre and directly behind the Camponile Hotel. Pre-season friendlies are underway and I went along to the game against Newport Pagnell Town. The first thing to note is the great efforts that have been made to the ground that 12 months ago was a sad ghost of a ground. A new seated stand is along one full side of the pitch, floodlights and a refreshment bar almost complete. The seats are standard new stand fare (think away end at Northampton) and therefore luxury compared to Kenilworth Road but not soporific like they have in Bletchley. The entry price is adults £4.00 and concessions £2.00. I was let in for £2.00 that I am sure was because it was a friendly and not the advancing grey hair. I guess the attendance as between 90 and 120. Sitting in any football crowd is always entertaining and we had a variety of quips, ‘no foul ref you only whistled so you could catch up with play’, the reasons put forward for why one player warming up had one green sock and one white sock, handbags on the pitch shortly before half time, signs saying it is an all seater stadium and standing up can see you ejected when 2/3rds were stood along the barrier. Being alongside the Irish Centre the toilets are good and there is a bar (the reason I am unsure of the score). I saw three goals unfortunately none for our new home team. The Newport No.9 in the first half took what was the second goal well and for the home team No.7 and No.10 were noticed by me. Shortly into the second half the No.7 (Andy?) was brought down twice and both were clear professional fouls.
All in all an enjoyable experience that I will repeat when I can’t follow the Hatters. I hope they do well and get the support they deserve. For information on games see the Community Groups section of this website.