Tuktuk Day 55

So, “When Saturday Comes” has come. After the disappointment of my midweek game at Hillingdon Borough being postponed with 40 minutes notice I am off to Westside who play off the A3 bypass somewhere between Kingston and Wimbledon and Putney and, well, nowhere. I may be some time! I’ll update later as Westside always seem to put out a decent team but aren’t big on publicity so I haven’t much to say. They groundshare and I suppose are nearer to home than when they played at Chessington previously. Looking forward to a good game.



In the meantime, Christian from Through The Turnstile has been busy again and this time he visits Cray Wanderers who many will remember for their cup exploits this season….. not least the Charlton manager!
Remember he has covered Coventry United, Chatham Town as well as a fascinating overview of why fans are leaving the big clubs for clubs lower down the pyramid. Thanks again. Let’s see what he says.

THROUGH THE TURNSTILE @ CRAY WANDERERS

Welcome back to Through the Turnstile, the series that shines the light on some of non-leagues leading stars. On this feature we are venturing to the borough of Bromley, going through the turnstile at Cray Wanderers, so without further ado lets get stuck in!

A brief history of the Club

Cray Wanderers FC was formed in 1860. It came about when migrant workers, building the Cray Valley railway viaduct, teamed up with villagers from St. Mary Cray for a “lunchtime kick about”. Little did these early footballing pioneers realise that what started out as a bit of fun would still be going strong over 150 years later.

Nicknamed the Wands, they are based in the London Borough of Bromley and compete in the (Isthmian) Premier Division: the seventh tier of English football. 

They currently play their home matches at Bromley’s Hayes Lane ground (capacity 5,000). The club have just recently announced they will part ways with Bromley and their ground sharing agreement come the start of next season which is a very exciting part of their future.

Neil Smith was appointed as manager towards the end of the 2021–22 season and the following year led Cray to the highest league finish in their history (5th). The Wands lost on penalties to Hornchurch in the play-off semi-final. They currently sit 13th in the table, a mid-table position which, should the season end tomorrow, provide them with a very good springboard of which to leap from next season.

(Source: https://www.cray-wanderers.com/)

Club legends (as told by Fan Martyn Beadle)

Sam Wright – the CEO of the football club has been instrumental in the building of the new stadium and was a decent player by all accounts although I unfortunately never got to see him play in person.


Joe Taylor who now plays at Ramsgate (his goals while at the club were superb)

Kit

2023/2024 Cray Wanderers FC Home Kit
£39.99 Replica Kit – Available online or in the stadium shop.

https://www.cray-wanderers.com/product/2324-home-jersey-vx3/

Stadium info

Cray Wanderers currently ground share with Bromley FC, however they do have VERY exciting news in regards to having a stadium to finally call their own, which you can find out more about down below! But in the meantime here is the info for Hayes Lane:

Hayes Lane, BR2 9EF
Capacity – 5000 (1300)
Number of stands – 3
Artificial Turf

Coming soon…a brand new stadium – check out the video below which was released 6 months ago to give you a bit more of an insight on what that new stadium will look like. Sam Wright (CEO) does personally touch on the more recent stadium developments later on in this feature, but the video below is a great overview of the whole project and how it has got to this point.

Stadium Shop

Located online only at the moment, due to ground sharing. Cray Wanderers fans can get all their merchandise needs with just a few click. There are plans for a physical Cray Wanderers store in the near future, so all of you can get up and close to the merchandise on offer, just watch this space (more info on that below).

Thanks Christian for a fantastic overview BUT, “There’s More.” Yes, shoot over to the Through the Turnstile website and see the complete low-down on Cray Wanderers ….after all, they are London’s oldest club!

Thanks again, Christian. I hope your numbers are growing. You and Darren with his vlogs add a lot this tour. You are both appreciated.

…. and let’s not forget the OTHER “When Saturday Comes,” indeed a half decent magazine! Wherever you were this Saturday, I hope you had a great time and took home the points unless you are a Wrexham fan and I hope you had a fantastic time at the best ground in the country …. but did not take home the points !

I HOPE you are all enjoying the tour of the UK and I that you will consider a donation however small to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work.

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