Rovers get to work as Burroughs Park gets a makeover

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Despite their depleted campaign concluding, Pitching In Isthmian League North outfit, Great Wakering Rovers are already preparing ahead of the 2021/22 season with their Burroughs Park ground receiving something of a makeover.

The village’s picturesque home is quite an iconic venue. The floodlights originate from Rainham Town’s old Deri Park, while the current seats in the main stand were once in place at Bolton Wanderers famous former ground, Burnden Park.

The current Burroughs Park seating were once in place at Bolton Wanderers famous former ground, Burnden Park

And with the turnstiles, back in the day, admitting supporters to Southend United’s old South Bank, one could be forgiven for thinking the Rovers ground is something of a footballing museum. Nevertheless, the club has added more than enough personal touches since acquiring a lengthy lease on 104 disused allotments from the parish council back in 1985.

. The Burroughs Park floodlights originate from Rainham Town’s old Deri Park

The latest addition is new pitch fencing, currently being installed as work continues ahead of eye-catching pre-season friendly matches with Vanarama National League duo, Southend United and Dagenham & Redbridge, as well as Buildbase FA Trophy winners Hornchurch.

A section of the new perimeter fencing going up around Burroughs Park

The Shrimpers head to Burroughs Park on Tuesday, July 20 (7:45pm) for their traditional opener. Looking around the ground, Yellow Sports Brian Jeeves said: “It’s great to see the ground looking good.
“Burroughs Park is where it all started for me as a football writer. I have lots of fond memories of the place and still look for the Rovers results and get over there when I can.

“The club has booked some exciting friendly matches. Hopefully, they will be well attended, giving them a financial boost before the start of the new Isthmian League season.”

Meanwhile, club volenteers continue a general clean-up around the ground with the playing surface and changing rooms recieving particular attention.

Brian Jeeves