Tunbridge Well FC's Culverden Stadium to get boost
CULVERDEN Stadium may finally be on its way to receiving a much-needed makeover as Tunbidge Wells FC announced the setting up of a supporters pitch fund.
The surface has long been a source of mockery among visiting fans and Wells manager Martin Larkin joined in with the derision during the recent season.
His side achieved a top five finish for the first time since 1986 and were widely considered one of the best passing sides in the league. Yet on the cobbled Culverden terrain, the home record read a rather disappointing seven wins and six losses - compared to nine wins and three losses in away matches.
"When you see some of the football we are playing, even on a pitch like ours, it shows what we might have done in the league if our home form had been better," said Larkin. "We were only 12 points behind Herne Bay in the end.
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"We look forward to away games because we seem to do better, even though we have the some of the best supporters in the league. There were more of ours at Beckenham than their own home fans.
"The boys absolutely love playing at home, but we have to go a bit more direct when we play there and that probably costs us. I think we had the best away record in the league, but were probably only mid-table at home."
"It would be nice to have a better pitch. We realise everyone is working very hard and trying their best, but we need to match our ambitions with a good pitch. But it is a lot of money and man power."
The club anticipate resurfacing the pitch will cost around £60,000 along with annual maintenance of £4,000.
Fortunately, attendance figures at Culverden are regularly more than double the average intake for the rest of the Kent Premier League.
The club stated their ambition in the last home programme of the season: "We all would like to see Culverden Stadium with a better pitch. This is particularly true for the players and ground staff.
"Whatever is raised, that will be what we spend on the pitch. Culverden Stadium will be made available for money raising events. TWFC has a bank account ready to accept funds for this scheme and anyone interested should contact the club."