Named after the farm just next door, Corinthian’s ‘Gay Dawn’ ground is not only part of a farm but also forms part of a rather exclusive Sports and Golf Club. As one might expect, the ground is well-maintained, with adequate parking and a rather nice clubhouse. There are also floodlights.
Cover is provided by a wooden shelter behind the near goal, albeit set quite a way back. It is pretty basic, with numerous supporting columns but is of a good size and does provide the requisite shelter, with benches provided for those who feel the need to sit down. Also of interest are the Committee facilities (with further seating) and changing rooms, which are located in a former house just behind the corner flag at the clubhouse end of the ground. The building has a verandah from which one imagines, is a rather nice elevated view of the action below.
Walking around the pitch, with its neat white wooden perimeter fence, I was delighted to discover that the dugouts really were ‘dugouts’, ie. situated below pitch level, and containing rather comfortable seating as well (if a little tatty in places). It is unusual to see proper dugouts these days, presumably due to the problem of flooding, and for me this was a real treat (yes, I know, there’s no hope!). My picture-taking clearly attracted the interest of one of the Club officials who came striding on to the pitch to ask what I was doing. My reply: that I was taking photographs for a website on football grounds, received the customary amazed response but as always, there were no problems.
I should point out that wherever possible, I always ask permission first, but hadn’t been able to find anyone on this occasion. I’ve yet to be refused but if I am, rest assured that it will be well documented!
Seats: 50 approx.
Follow Highcross Road (B255) past cricket club on left. Bear right into Whitehill Road just past the Wheatsheaf PH. At Longfield, proceed across roundabout into Fawkham Road. This becomes Valley Road and the entrance to the ground is on the left.
Longfield (BR), one and a half miles