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

Chessington & Hook United FC

Chalky Lane, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NF
Telephone: 01372 729892
Combined Counties League

Note   Unlike the former Chessington United (Mole Valley Predators FC, who resigned from the CCL at the end of 2005/06), Chessington & Hook’s ground is actually in the town ... down a narrow track opposite Chessington World of Adventures to be precise. It is rather tucked away but opens out into a rough but quite substantial car park. The ground has a pleasant rural setting, with a new seated stand (erected 2006) providing cover along one touchline. This replaced a rather rudimentary shelter - the Bill Bateman Stand - constructed from corrugated iron and scaffolding poles. The old structure would never have won any architectural awards, but it at least demonstrated a degree of ingenuity. Sadly, its replacement maintains a trend for clubs erecting rather bland ‘flat-pack’ stands, although one can quite understand their attraction to clubs having to meet grading criteria and indeed Chessington & Hook had to meet the CCL ‘A’ grading to maintain their Premier Division status. The dugouts are opposite. There is a clubhouse and snack bar behind the near goal, where a further area of cover has also been erected. The spectators’ entrance at the far end of the car park is guarded by an old ‘Evening Standard’ vendor’s booth. DB

The new stand at Chalky Lane, which replaced the Bill Bateman stand (below)