Burroughs Park
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2. Burroughs Park

The Committee at Great Wakering Rovers FC are immensely proud of our ground, not because it is any bigger or better, or has any special features. It is because the whole ground itself was built by members giving freely of their time to give the club a proper home to play its football.

In 1985 The Rovers acquired a long lease from the local parish council on 104 disused allotments. From the very start, volunteers came forward with their various professional skills to start the football club's dream. The help of local farmer, businessman and lifelong Rovers man Roger Burroughs was paramount in this plan as Roger provided the heavy machinery and equipment to clear the land, dig the drainage and remove any excess soil and rubbish. He aided with the creation of the pitch area, which when laid, was seeded and left for two years to settle and grow. The club of course were extremely grateful of this massive support that would otherwise have taken a number of years to achieve and in recognition of its gratitude, named it's ground after Roger and 'Burroughs Park' was born.

In 1989 the pitch and clubhouse were ready to be used and so The Rovers stepped up from playing local league football to play Intermediate level and joined the Essex Intermediate League. Building and ground improvements continued and in 1992 the ground was graded and accepted for Senior status and the club took it's place in the Essex Senior League for the 1992-93 season. Building continued further, extending the newly built clubhouse in order to provide bigger changing room facilities in accordance with senior status rules.

After seven highly enjoyable years in the Essex Senior League, the club won promotion to the Ryman Isthmian Football League and competed in Division Three in 1999-2000. This move saw the end of a feature that was much talked about by visitors to Great Wakering, and that was the hard standing area around the pitch, which was made of tons of crushed cockle shells obtained from the local shellfish industry at Leigh-On-Sea. The shells were not accepted at our new playing level.
At the same time, a new external fence was built. The main stand was improved by obtaining seats from Bolton Wanders old ground of Burnden Park. A new stand was also added in the summer of 2000, covered terracing, almost directly opposite the old seated stand.

In 2009-2010 season, The Rovers Chairman, Roy Kettridge was successful in their liasons with the local council to gain access to old allotment land next to Burroughs Park. During the summer of 2009, a tall perimeter fence was erected, protecting gardens and allotments from wayward balls, as well as preventing those playing on the adjacent recreation ground from entering. The land was stripped of old vegetation and de-stoned by volunteers, management and players, as well as the Chairman himself and then seeded.
Currently, players use the training ground for pre-match warm ups as further improvements are required for it's long term usage, such as collapsible goal posts, line painting and general area upkeep.

In 2010 the floodlights were transferred from generator to mains electric thanks to the help of Roger Burroughs and Graham Pavitt who oversaw pre and post installations.

Rovers erected a covered terrace at the back of the clubhouse to protect those wanting cooked food & drink from the elements, something that the late Nobby Johnson had inspired to do before his untimely death in July 2010. In his honour Rovers have named the terrace 'Nobbys End'. Albeit a comical name, it is a name that Nobby would have approved of such was his sense of humour.

Address: Little Wakering Hall Lane, Great Wakering, Essex, SS3 0HH
Telephone: 01702 217812
Pitch: Runs east to west
Clubhouse: situated at the east end, with large car park. Entrance to clubhouse and turnstile have disability ramp.
Stands: Both Covered. North side seated stand for 250, South Stand is terracing
Capacity: 3,000
Ground Record: 1,150 v Southend United, 19th July 2009
Toilet: Facilities are provided within the ground on north side, adjacent to the clubhouse and within the clubhouse itself. Both have provisions for the disabled.
Refreshments: Available within the ground from the clubhouse (hot and cold food, as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks)
Floodlights: 6 floodlights, suitable for Conference level football