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

Chatteris Town FC

West Street, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire
Telephone: 01354 692139
Peterborough & District League
Website: None

Note Although formed in 1920, West Street has only been home to Chatteris Town since the end of WW2, having previously played at Chatteris Park & the Recreation Ground. The ground was reportedly first used between the wars and during WW2 was the base of West Ham United when away from London.

The main stand, which dates from 1951, is one that any self-respecting grounds enthusiast has to tick off the list. It is well-maintained by the club and is unusually steep with deep bench seating. The club name written on the steps down the centre section is a lovely touch. There was orginally a smaller older-looking covered area on that side of the pitch, with one step of terracing. However, this has since been demolished, leaving the two dugouts on either side of the stand, which have been enlarged in recent years. Opposite is a further area of cover dating from around the same time as the main stand, with a corrugated iron roof that is angled downwards in keeping with its brother opposite, and again sporting the club colours.

The clubhouse and changing rooms are behind the goal at the Town End, and are constructed in an attrcative light-coloured brick, with CTFC picked out in the wall. An overhang provides further cover for spectators at a venue that despite its charm, can be rather wind-swept. DB