Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk
My twenty-third new ground of 2013 was on Tuesday 22nd October at Millfield in Hadleigh, Suffolk. The match was Hadleigh United vs. FC Clacton in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.
Millfield is part of a sports complex on the outskirts of Hadleigh to the south-west of the town centre. The venue is 10 miles from the nearest railway station at Ipswich and has been home to the club since 1954.
There is one all-seater stand on the southern side of the ground - this is a covered stand with the seating made up of three rows of wooden benching. Directly behind this stand is a training pitch. The areas behind the goals is uncovered standing - there is plenty of space behind the goal at the eastern end of the ground although the western end backs onto another section of the sports complex so space in this area is fairly limited.
The northern section of the ground contains a covered standing section for about one-third of the length of the pitch. This side of the ground features a very impressive clubhouse which has been recently renovated as part of ground improvement works.
Result: Hadleigh United 3-0 FC Clacton
Division: Eastern Counties League Premier Division