South London football – 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Easter 2024

South London football – 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Easter 2024

With the Brixton Buzz crew neither fancying a six hour round trip to see Peckham Town at Minster or being rammed into Champion Hill for Hamlet vs Billericay, we elected to visit a new south London ground and watch Raynes Park Vale take on Hanworth Villa last weekend.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

A half hour away from Loughborough Junction by train, the ground at Prince George’s Playing Fields is a mix of knackered old stands with  some attractive new builds in the form of a snack bar and some soon-to-be-completed new toilets.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

It was a lovely Easter afternoon.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

The handshakey bit. Both clubs play in the Isthmian League – South Central Division.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

The crowd for today was 285 – well up on their home average of 242.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

The rather splendid new snack bar, with large wooden decking area. Shame the veggie choices were a bit thin on the ground.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

This is what non league football is all about!

Makeshift stands constructed out of scaffolding, grounds with loads of spare room  and a massively sloping pitch. Love it!

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

The game wasn’t the greatest spectacle with the physical encounter producing no goals and very few chances, although Hanworth were the stronger team.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

The main stand complete with grumpy old bloke who starts shouting at you if you pause for 0.01 seconds when walking past.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

Great to see a resurrected George Michael on the pitch. Well, it was Easter.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

The ground affords views over the sprawling suburbia of Raynes Park.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

Trees and pitch.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

There’s a decent clubhouse a short walk from the pitch.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

T’Committee Area.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

Taking a leak.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

The lads from a Bunch of Amateurs were in attendance, with multiple cameras around the ground.

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

I got chatting to a friend of Rayne Park’s number 6, Jerry O’Sullivan, who had an excellent game.

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

I had a lovely chat with this fella too, who does the photos for the club.

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

Hanworth hit the crossbar.

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

The highlight of the afternoon – if we can call it that – was when a Hanworth player hit the ground howling and screaming from an apparent near-fatal foul. It was pure theatre.

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

Once he realised that the ref hadn’t been taken in by his ludicrous antics, he staged an immediate miraculous recovery, with no need for the physio to attend.

The crowd laughed loudly.

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

Raynes Park came close to snatching a winner at the death, but their number 10 stumbled in front of an open goal.

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 50 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

South London football - 40 photos of Raynes Park Vale vs Hanworth Villa, Sat 30th March 2024

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