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

Eynesbury Rovers FC

Alfred Hall Memorial Field, Hall Road, Eynesbury, St. Neots, Cambs PE19 2SF
Telephone: 01480 477449 
Nickname: Rovers
United Counties League
Website: None

Note Described as “pleasant and unpretentious” by Kerry Miller in his History of Non League Football Grounds, it is one that is perfectly appropriate for Rovers’ home in Hall Road, although a move to a new ground on land nearby has long been on the agenda.

The current ground (originally known as Mr. Walton’s Field) has been home since the mid-1930s and was donated by the family of Mr Alfred Hall in his memory to ensure that football would always be played there, and it is now owned and run by the trustees. When the club first took up residence, it was very rural and isolated with the pitch reached through a farmyard gate.

The club itself is much older, having been founded in 1897. Its early days were spent on Priory Park Rec and Cemetery Lane, with a very short spell at Shortlands, the then home of neighbours St. Neots FC.

The main stand, with seating provided by benches is the oldest remaining structure at the ground, having been built in 1952. Two areas of covered terrace originally stood on either side, but the erection of the clubhouse in 1977 spelt the end for one portion, whilst the other was eventually demolished around ten years later when floodlights were inaugurated with a friendly against Luton Town. In recent years the lost cover has been restored by the addition of an overhang to the front of the clubhouse, and a small shelter opposite the stand. DB