The finalists in our Club Renovation Programme have been announced and we’re excited to hear them pitch their projects at Wembley. In the meantime we go behind the scenes of Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase clubs with non-league football champion and talkSPORT and Sky TV presenter Tony Incenzo.
CB Hounslow United 2 Westfield 4
Where: The Lair, CB Hounslow Sports Club, Green Lane, Hounslow, Middlesex TW4 6DH
Kick-off: 7.45pm, Tuesday 6 February 2018
Overview: A visit to a newly opened stadium. The Combined Counties League Premier Division sits at Step 5 of the national Non-League pyramid. It includes teams from Surrey and the south-western quarter of Greater London.
History: CB Hounslow United were founded in 1989 by a group of local lads who grew up together and enjoyed kicking a football around. The club have progressed from the Hounslow & District League and the Middlesex County League to their current status in the Combined Counties League. CB now carry the flag for football in Hounslow after the demise of Hounslow FC, who were formed in the late 1800s and continued until 1991 when they lost their Denbigh Road stadium.
Ground description: The Lair has been opened this season at an estimated cost of £1.4 million following 17 years of negotiating and raising funds by CB Hounslow United. The main feature is an excellent club building containing the changing rooms, club bar and boardroom. There is a seated grandstand on one side of the pitch and a covered terrace behind one goal. More seats and cover will be added in the near future. The Football Foundation assisted with a £622,000 grant for the main building. This funding also went towards some outside grass pitches adjoining the stadium. CB will add an outside 3G pitch as they look to accommodate
their 32 teams at different age levels plus other sports. More than 50 volunteers make up CB’s management, coaching and secretarial staff.
Programme details: A bumper 44 pages that sold at £1 and had good use of the club colours of green and white.
The match: League leaders Westfield played well on the night and benefitted from two goals each by Max Blackmore and Arron Watson. The CB scorers were Adam Roberts and Harrison Livingstone. With temperatures plummeting and snow starting to fall as the game wore on, I was glad that I was able to watch the action from through the window of the warm upstairs boardroom – one of the best views in Non-League football! The stadium is right next to Heathrow Airport so planes were swooping low over the pitch during the match.
The people: CB’s manager Barry Chapman gave me a friendly welcome. Barry has great links with local professional clubs QPR and Brentford, providing his young players with a pathway to eventually playing in the Championship. I also had a long chat with CB’s enthusiastic chairman Frank James, who founded the club in 1989 when he was player-manager. Frank’s hard work has seen CB progress into senior football and they now have a stadium they can be proud of. CB stands for ‘Cater Bank’ which was the company co-owned by Frank’s late father.
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The Buildbase Club Renovation Programme will provide two product bursaries of £50,000 each in building, electrical products and hire equipment to two clubs by the end of the 2017-18 season. We’ll announce the winners over the coming weeks, for more information visit our website