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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Beaconsfield SYCOB FC

Holloways Park, Slough Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2SG
Telephone: 01494 676868
Nickname: The Rams
Southern League

Note The official club website has a detailed history of Beaconsfield SYCOB FC, but in essence the details are as follows. The present club was formed in 1994 following the merger of Beaconsfield United FC and Slough Youth Centre Old Boys FC (hence the rather odd name), as a solution to the latterís ground limitations that were hampering progress. United meanwhile have always played on a ground belonging to their Patron, Lord Burham. The ground to this day is still known as Holloways Park, despite moving across the Old Slough Road due to the opening of the M40 motorway in 1971. Right next to J2, there canít be many easier grounds to find. Floodlights were erected in 1991.

Holloway Park is very neat and tidy. The £350,000 clubhouse development is behind the near goal, and incorporates a rather shallow covered terrace with crush barriers. The low roof makes it rather claustrophobic but no doubt creates a great atmosphere within. There is also a small covered area for wheelchairs behind this goal. The stand has a capacity of approximately 200, and is of brick and steel construction along one touchline. It incorporates a press/PA box at one end and affords an unimpeded view, although again, the seating is rather shallow. There is further uncovered terracing adjacent to the stand, and paddock-type areas elsewhere make moving around the ground very easy. DB