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Vallis way is very easy to get to from castle bar park which is a main line station from Paddington , or easy access from Ealing Broadway by bus . So CC I find your comments a bit odd seeing the only way to jersey is by plane or boat , which I have done on many occasions and really enjoyed the experience. 😎🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote No 7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2019 at 07:56
There is a central line station at 1.8 miles away , Perivale. Actual walking distance under two miles.< ="text/" ="" ="/B1D671CF-E532-4481-99AA-19F420D90332etdefender/huidhui.js?0=0&0=0&0=0">

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Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2019 at 10:07
I have been to Ealing more than half a dozen times and via Paddington is not something I would try. Tube to Ealing Broadway then bus is my preferred route from the south. It is no trickier than going to Blackheath. There is the potential problem of OE whether in Nat 1 or the Championship .
Ampthill is relatively easy for me as it’s served by Thameslink. Good way to explore the country.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2019 at 11:33
I have heard very few expressions that damn with faint praise more than ‘No trickier than going to Blackheath’ especially since Blackheath moved from Blackheath to somewhere near Dover.
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They are in Eltham. Just a few stops further from London Bridge. The walk from the station is less than ten minutes. I found it easier than their old ground. Nice ground and good seating.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alderman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2019 at 11:43
And of course Old Elthamians are not in Eltham but rather in Grove Park/Mottingham
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alderman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2019 at 11:54
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

OE's clubhouse seemed fine when I went there and they had plenty of pitches. A bit of a hike from the railway station but you can say the same about Vallis Way. 


It is 0.6km from Grove Park railway station, a 10 minute walk at average pace or a gentle stroll for a hardy Northener like Corporal C
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Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

OE's clubhouse seemed fine when I went there and they had plenty of pitches. A bit of a hike from the railway station but you can say the same about Vallis Way. 
 
How are you getting to Vallis Way CC? The Castlebar Park branchline station is about 50 meters from the West gate?
I tried Castle Bar once but the link from Paddington wasn't great and the West Gate was shut that day! I have been about a dozen times over the years including occasions when Jersey were not the opposition and have settled on the Train from Gatwick to Victoria, District Line from Victoria to Broadway and then bus to Scotch Common. I did the last leg with Jordy Reid earlier this season and he was kind enough to ensure I got off at the right place and didn't go the wrong way after that. My record for the trip back to Gatwick is under an hour and a half! The RAG & ODP are much easier to get to IMO except when there are replacement buses at Clapham. I have always enjoyed visiting Vallis Way - the home crowd have always been hospitable and appear to know and enjoy their rugby. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote workerbee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2019 at 12:49
It will be interesting if either Ampthill or OE's get into the championship. Ampthill , if they do not move will be an experience for any Championship club. There ground is currently not the one outside the clubhouse but a interesting walk through the woods (a SSI site with rare Marsh Violets) there is no stand at present but a bank. Teams cannot warm up and go back to the clubhouse it is too far, the same at half time. They are however very lucky to have the HQ of the Tongan car cleaning club to recruit from.
OE's have a reasonable clubhouse but it is owned by the school no stand but they are looking to relocate, however with a current average gate of under 200 they do not seem to have a big support especially as they are so close to Blackheath. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2019 at 13:09
Yes, Ampthill is an 'exercise' club.
It's a fair old walk from the overflow car park down the road (should you bring a big enough crowd that the clubhouse car park is filled early). And then it's that charming amble through the dingle dell all the way down to the pitch carved out from the hillside.
Just hope it's not flinging it down when you visit.

I've been to much worse though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cov kid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 10:27
Where Kimbo would those worse venues be than Ampthill  ? Assume your not limiting it to NL1 in that judgement.
At NL1 level, they are head & shoulders worse than anyone else
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 10:29
I remember taking a shooting stick to Ampthill.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dan Gleebles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 11:00
So few games in the Championship Ampthill could share Goldington Rd. Watch this space.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 16:56
After this weekend's results it's less clear who's coming down from the Prem, with Newcastle beating Wuss 17-6 to make it:

8/9: Sale/Leicester 34pts
10: Bristol 30
11: Wuss 26
12: Falcons 21

No change in the Nat 1 standings, the top four all got max pts, so:

1: Ampthill 91
2: Elthamians 91
3: Ross Pk 87
4: Club 82

OE travel to Ampthill on Saturday...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 17:34
No, CK, I'm thinking of several from lower than that - the worst probably being Westleigh where my beer was watered down by rain. INSIDE the clubhouse! I know they havea fancy new clubhouse now though.
OAs was pretty grim too, when they made us stand outside their clubhouse in the wind and rain (St Albans RL couldn't have been more welcoming at the same ground though. On the RL subject, we once bussed up to Durham for a game and ended up playing on a school field with no open facilities whatsoever ;).
Locally, (RU), Broadstreet's last ground would've taken some beating in the 'worst' stakes. Truly dreadful bog with a derelict blockhouse.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote oldman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 17:49
Guy's, 
 Peterborough Lions takes some beating on the "worst ground" stakes. While for lack of atmosphere  South Leicester is the worst. Birmingham Solihull, both at Sharmans cross road and Portway must be near the bottom
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 23:23
Oooh. I'd forgotten about the eminently forgettable Sharman's Cross. Dire place.
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Its Westcombe Park that moved to Orpington
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