Ashford’s small, yet neat and tidy ground just off the busy A30 reflects both the relatively young age of the club and its phenomenal success during the latter half of the 1990s.
The club was formed in 1964 and first competed in the Hounslow & District League. Almost from its foundation, there were aspirations to acquire its own ground and after one or two disappointments, this was achieved in August 1985, when a long lease was signed with Spelthorne Borough Council, enabling the Club to move from Clockhouse Lane Recreation Ground to its present home at Short Lane, Stanwell.
From what was nothing more than a field, the facilities were quickly developed, with the first match at Short Lane taking place in February 1986, following two postponements for snow.
In 1990, senior football came to Short Lane when Ashford were elected to the Combined Counties League. After finishing runners-up in 1993-94, the club then went on to dominate the League. However, promotion to the Isthmian League was denied due to Short Lane falling short of grading requirements, despite floodlights being installed in 1995.
Development of the ground, including erection of a 150 seat stand on the far touchline, enabled Ashford to take their rightful place on the next rung of the Pyramid in 2000, after winning the Combined Counties League for the fifth time in succession.
In recent years the small brick shelter that originally provided the only cover, opposite where the current stand now stands, has been replaced with shallow terracing and two metal cladded shelters, at the clubhouse end of the ground.
The clubhouse is welcoming, with picnic-style tables provided both inside and outside of the ground. There is no car park as such, but the long approach road provides ample opportunity, and is in most cases quite sufficient.
Although one of the more modest grounds in the Isthmian League at present, Short Lane has the scope for further development should the club be in a position to progress further.
Exit the M25 at J10 and take the A30 towards London. Take the 3rd turning on the left, at the footbridge after Ashford Hospital into Short Lane, and follow the road to the ground (signposted).
Rail & bus
Two miles from Ashford (BR) and Hatton Cross (tube) stations. Bus route: Westlink 116.