Grays Athletic 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

All of the decisions at the top of the Blue Square Premier table have already been made, but the final day of the season brings an intriguing battle to avoid relegation from the league and the most poignant of the fixtures is the one at The Recreation Ground, Bridge Road, Grays. As football venues go, The Recreation Ground is a pretty unprepossessing one. When the club somersaulted into the Blue Square Premier five years ago new terraces were built at either end of the ground and small covered enclosures popped up in front of the flats that run the length of side of the pitch. In spite of these developments, The Recreation Ground, hemmed in by buildings on all four sides, remained a defiantly non-league ground in a league that has started to assume many of the pretentions of professionalism over the last few years. Today is The Recreation Ground’s last game. The ground was owned by the Billings family, and a twenty year lease was signed by the club in 1990. However, Grays have been unable to reach agreement with the family and it has now been sold for housing. The club has been linked with moves to nearby Thurrock, East Thurrock United and Tilbury, but nothing has been confirmed. What we know is that Grays won’t be taking a place in the Blue Square South next season....

Read More