Capacity: 3,009 (Seats 300)
Address: Wheatsheaf Lane, Staines, TW18 2PD
Telephone: 01784 469240
Fax: 01784 454735
Club Nickname: The Swans
Year Ground Opened: 1952
Home Kit: Yellow and Blue
Wheatsheaf Park is a largely open ground. It is dominated on one side by a large bricked building which houses the Thames Leisure and Fitness Club. Onto one side of this a large block of seating has been put in place, with roof of the Thames Club being extended outwards, so that it overhangs the seated area, providing some cover. This seated area has an elevated position, meaning that fans need to climb a small flight of stairs to access it. This elevated position and lack of any supporting pillars means that fans can enjoy a great view of the playing area. Next to the this stand on one side is the entrance to the players changing rooms and club shop.
Opposite on the North side of the ground is a small covered terrace which runs for nearly the full length of the pitch. Unusually the terrace, which is six rows high, is set back from the pitch. On its roof is a scaffolded area which serves as a television gantry. The team dug outs are situated in front of this terrace. As the changing rooms are on the other side of the ground, then this leads to quite a procession of players and officials, at half and full time. Both ends are open with flat narrow walkways. This is particularly tight at the West End of the ground where the presence of a row of large conifers, hems it in. At the other end the most notable feature is a large ugly looking mobile telephone mast, which sits just behind it. The ground has a set of four modern looking floodlights.
The ground is also used by Chelsea Ladies FC for their home matches.
There is a bar at the stadium itself which welcomes visiting fans.. Otherwise a five minute walk away on Wheatsheaf Lane is the 'Wheatsheaf and Pigeon' pub, which serves real ale and also does food. To find this pub; theh from the main stadium entrance turn left and the pub is straight down this road on the right.
Leave the M25 at Junction 13 and take the A30 towards Staines. After passing a Homebase store on your left, go straight across the next small roundabout. You will then reach a much larger roundabout, where you take the first exit (sign posted Staines Town Centre). After crossing the bridge over the River Thames, bear right at the traffic lights into Clarence Street. Follow this road through the town centre. Then continue straight along this road a further one mile, where you then turn right (look out for the Thames/Staines Football Club signpost) into Wheatsheaf Lane. The entrance to the Club is just down on the left. There is a fair sized car park at the ground, otherwise there is plenty of street parking in the local area.
Staines Railway Station is situated one and half miles way from Wheatsheaf Park. The station is served by trains from London Waterloo and Reading.
There are two exits to the station, the main entrance and a rear entrance. Outside the main entrance there is a taxi rank, whilst these walking directions are from the rear entrance; As you come out of the station turn right onto Gresham Road. Go straight across the mini roundabout and then at the bottom of Gresham Road, turn left into Laleham Road. Continue straight along this road for about mile, where you then turn right (look out for the Thames/Staines Football Club signpost) into Wheatsheaf Lane. The entrance to the Club is just down on the left.
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Staines Town vs Metropolitan Police
Ryman Premier League
Saturday 22nd October 2016, 3pm
Peter Laggan (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Wheatsheaf Park?
Another ground to tick off towards the 92+
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Staines Town is easy to get to. From the South drive clockwise around the M25 to Junction 13 and then take the first exit at the roundabout towards Staines on the B376 and follow this road all the way to the ground, which is well signposted. There is plenty of on-road parking on Wheatsheaf Lane, right next to the stadium.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
There is a bar at the side of the new stand, next to the turnstiles, and there is a cafe serving drinks and hot food adjacent to the pitch. Programmes are £2.50. There were just under 300 supporters watching this game, most of whom were in the one Main Stand. Others were leaning on the rail surrounding the pitch.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Wheatsheaf Park?
Wheatsheaf Park is not a bad ground for the Ryman league. There was sufficient leg room in the Main Stand and the seats were comfortable and under cover. The other three sides of the ground are pitch-side standing only. Away and home fans mixed together.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The standard of the game was surprisingly good considering that the home team was coming off the back of five straight defeats and the away side were bottom of the league. The game came alive after one of the Staines Town players got sent off and it ended with a 3-2 win by the 10 man home team, helped by two very worthy recent signings from Championship clubs. Half time catering was good with burgers at £2.50 and bovril £1. It was also very pleasing to see clean toilets with hot running water and a supply of hand-towels - well done Staines.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting away was very easy. A five minute drive into Staines brings you to the road signs for the M25 and it is another five minutes to the motorway.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A very good day out. Friendly staff and good facilities make Staines Town a nice ground to visit.
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