20-11-2010: Haverhill Rovers 2 Mildenhall Town 1 (Ridgeons Premier Division)
New Croft, Haverhill, Suffolk
After more than 100 years Haverhill Rovers left their quaint (and just a bit rickety) Hamlet Croft ground at the end of last season and now play their home games a mile or so across town at the £1.5million New Croft.
The New Croft consists of a single storey clubhouse/community changing room facility, main pitch with a covered main stand (seating for 150) along one touchline and covered standing area behind one goal.
There is also training pitch and three further pitches for community use. Both the main pitch and training pitch have floodlighting with the former surrounded by boarded timber fencing with two turnstiles for spectator entrance on matchdays in the south-east corner.
Inside the club house is a shiny new bar at the back of which is a large servery with hatch that opens out onto large paved concourse set out with tables and chairs.
While this is all very nicely done the place has very little character and watching a game from the old stand at Hamlet Croft was just as good as sitting in the prefabricated metal stand today. IMHO. The club, no doubt, view things quite differently.
The facilities are suitable for year round use, and the club house will no doubt prove to be an important revenue stream. The players and officials changing rooms are (without having actually looked at them) far superior and, with a brand new plant room, there’s probably no need to rush to the showers at the end of a game before the hot water runs out.
More pictures here.