Drizzle, followed by more drizzle and then some more drizzle after that. Liquid sunshine as it’s referred to in Cornwall. So, poor weather and Mrs. Extremegroundhopping is under the weather. Given the latter I decided to strike off on my own and first port of call is Truro City FC.
The nearest league football for Junior, following his move to Cornwall, will require a trip to either Plymouth or Exeter although I’m hoping that he will give local football a try and take in a few Truro City games. Their Treyew Road ground is just three quarters of a mile from his new house and it would make sense to head there rather than traipsing up ‘north’ to Devon to get his ‘in the flesh’ football fix.
Truro City are Cornwall’s leading side and you may recall that they won the first ever FA Trophy Final held at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium in 2007. By chance I was at that game, although rooting for the opposition AFC Totton. Their 3–1 victory, in front of an FA Vase record crowd of 36,232 fans, saw them become the first Cornish side to win a national trophy.
They currently play in the Southern League Premier Division following four successive promotions: South Western League 2005-06 as runners-up, Western League Division One 2006-07 as Champions, Western League Premier Division 2007-08 again as Champions and Southern Football League Division One South & West 2008-09 as Champions for the 3rd successive season.
There seems to be a relatively new covered all-seater stand behind the goal at the far end of the ground (as viewed from the car park) and two separate uncovered seating areas along the right touchline, with hard standing on the left. A humble home for a club that were in the national spot light just three years ago, although various plans have been put forward by the club to move to a new 16,000 plus all-seater stadium, all of which have been rejected by Carrick District Council.
After Treyew Road I headed off to St Mawes Castle via the King Harry Ferry. The ferry connects St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula with Truro by avoiding a 20 odd mile detour through Tresillian. There are only five of this type of ferry in England which is essentially a floating platform drawn across the river by chains.
The 300 metre ‘voyage’ took five minutes and set me back £7.50 for a return, although the views up and down the river Fal during the short journey were well worth it, and explains why (according to some tourist bumf I’d read beforehand) it has been voted one of the ten most scenic ferry trips in the world by The Independent newspaper.
Heading south towards the castle I passed the ground (more an enclosed field) of St Mawes AFC. A quick hunt of the net this evening has failed to provide any further information so I guess they are a junior/Sunday league side. If you know differently I’d like to know. Quite a slope to the pitch which from its elevated position on the side of a hill offers great views of Falmouth on the opposite side of the Fal estuary.
Finally onto St Mawes Castle a nicely preserved coastal artillery fortress built by Henry VIII. Designed to house heavy guage ship-sinking guns it combined with Pendennis Castle over on the other side of the estuary to counter the threat of invasion by the French and Spanish Navies in the mid-sixteenth century. Around a century after it was built it saw its first and only significant action when, rather ignominiously, it fell to a land attack by Roundhead’s during the civil war.
More pictures of Truro City and St Mawes grounds will appear in a summary post at the end of the week.