This Bank Holiday weekend sees Guildford City in action twice in the space of three days.
Tomorrow we visit Stompond Lane to face Walton & Hersham for the first ever league clash between the sides. Walton & Hersham were relegated to the CCL at the end of last season after a 45 year stint in the Isthmian League. The Swans heyday was during the period 1951-74 and especially the appointment of Allan Batsford as manager in 1967 sparked a hugely successful period in the club’s history. An FA Amateur Cup win at Wembley against Slough Town, without conceding a goal in the competition, was the pinnacle but two trips to the 2nd round proper of the FA Cup and two further trips to the 1st round proper also put the club in the national spotlight. One of the FA Cup runs in 1973-74 saw the Swans famously win 4-0 against Brian Clough’s Brighton & Hove Albion at the Goldstone ground. Since this golden period times have been tougher and the Stompond Lane ground which once held a 10,000 crowd against Crook Town in the FA Amateur Cup has now seen better days. A ground move to share with neighbouring Walton Casuals in a newly rebuild stadium is on the cards. Meanwhile we are pleased to visit such a famous club in a competitive fixture. The Swans line-up is expected to include ex-City legend Jamie Thoroughgood, young goalkeeper Liam Beach and ex-Aldershot defender Anthony Charles. On Bank Holiday Monday morning we return to the Spectrum to face Badshot Lea in a game that will kick-off at 11.30am. Your support at both games would be most welcome.