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17 hours ago, Rhodes said:

Who remembers the old Leas Stadium, those were the days weren't they:

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52 minutes ago, Savagebee said:

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Put that ground with Church road Hayes fc, Western road Southall fc, and Hounslows old ground Denbigh road ? And you have 4 classic non league grounds lost for ever. Shameful. 

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Savagebee - This should interest you and you might even have been in attendance at the Middlesex Stadium, an early 2013/14 SSML Premier Division fixture between Hillingdon Borough and Hanwell Town on Tuesday 13 August 2013 which Hanwell Town won 4-1:

 

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3 hours ago, the leatherhead lip said:

Put that ground with Church road Hayes fc, Western road Southall fc, and Hounslows old ground Denbigh road ? And you have 4 classic non league grounds lost for ever. Shameful. 

Agree 110% ūüĎć

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5 hours ago, Rhodes said:

Savagebee - This should interest you and you might even have been in attendance at the Middlesex Stadium, an early 2013/14 SSML Premier Division fixture between Hillingdon Borough and Hanwell Town on Tuesday 13 August 2013 which Hanwell Town won 4-1:

 

I don't think I was at that game so thanks for that Rhodes.

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The Leas was the first ground I ever went to, back in 1977 (I lived 15 minute walk from the ground). Biggest game I saw was an FA Cup game against Watford, and it was packed!

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Step 7 Jim - Here's an interesting article about that Second Round tie you mention at the Leas Stadium with Watford and it was a close affair with Watford only getting the winning goal near the end just as it was about to go to a Vicarage Road replay. I had forgotten about the amazing FA Cup runs the Club used to have, they got to the Third Round in 1969/70 losing to Sutton United after a replay who then went on to draw Leeds, then in 1978/79 they lost at Swansea in the First Round at the old Vetch Field:

https://oldwatford.com/1976/12/11/11th-december-1976-fa-cup-second-round-hillingdon-borough-2-watford-3/

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On 11/10/2020 at 14:43, Savagebee said:

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Savagebee - I couldn't have put it better myself, there are some nice memories of various games attended at the Leas Stadium on another Forum and an interesting thread about Hillingdon Borough back in the day. I wonder if the Club have the most fascinating history of any non league Club in the Country with all their trials and tribulations over the years, people forget that they were originally formed in 1872 as Yiewsley FC and were only renamed as Hillingdon Borough in 1964, largely due to the formation that year of the London Borough of Hillingdon so it was decided the Club should 'fall in line':

http://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forum/gforum.cgi?post=275735;search_string=Leas;guest=342308296#275735

My first match on 24 April was also a new ground for me:
1982: Hillingdon Borough 0 - 2 Hastings United Southern League Att: 191
In fact this was my only visit to the large but slightly cumbling Leas Stadium in Yiewsley. I remember sitting in the main stand but venturing to the tea hut (which in my memory was behind the goal to the left) when I saw somebody before kick-off brandishing a pie. "All sold" said the lady "I only had four as that's how many I usually sell, but there's a big crowd here today". Hastings were going well in the league and their supporters had boosted the attendance I guess (although Leo H seems to have been absent - assuming I have the right date recorded for this fixture). The away win was quite comfortable I seem to recall.

1977: Hillingdon B. 1 Chelmsford C. 1, my only visit to the Leas, remember being impressed with the stadium - Bobby Kellard and Ken Foggo playing for the visitors,

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On 11/10/2020 at 15:42, the leatherhead lip said:

Put that ground with Church road Hayes fc, Western road Southall fc, and Hounslows old ground Denbigh road ? And you have 4 classic non league grounds lost for ever. Shameful. 

The Leatherhead Lip - Three of those four grounds are mentioned by someone in a post on another Forum who did an old fashioned 'treble' on 2 January 1978, however the list of lost grounds is sadly endless, not only those four you welcomingly touch on:

On 2 January 1978 (yes, 40 years ago), I walked from my parents home in Yiewsley to Western Road, Southall (1-2 v Hendon, Middx Charity Cup SF), thence to Church Road, Hayes (3-2 v Tilbury, Isthmian League) and finally to the Leas Stadium, Hillingdon Borough (1-2 v Atherstone Town, Southern League) - completing the evening with the 8 minute walk by to my parents home.

I used the canal towpath, so it was not more than about 6 miles walking all told.
Only Southall was a new ground.

http://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forum/gforum.cgi?post=847592;search_string=Leas;guest=342308296#847592

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