O’Driscoll ea­ger for new ground to open

Chair­man hop­ing for a sum­mer start FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

United moved out of their Church Road home in the sum­mer of 2011 and the ground was swiftly de­mol­ished to make way for a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment by Bar­ratt Homes as United be­gan a ground­share with Wok­ing FC.

Their res­i­dence at King­field lasted three years be­fore an­nounc­ing they would be head­ing to Berk­shire to move into Maiden­head’s York Road for the start of the 2014-15 cam­paign, with that agree­ment in place un­til the end of the cur­rent sea­son. O’Driscoll had in­serted a Jan­uary break-clause into the deal with the Mag­pies but has now told supporters that the be­gin­ning of the 2016-17 cam­paign is a more re­al­is­tic tar­get for the club’s re­turn to the bor­ough as build­ing work re­mains be­hind sched­ule.

A state­ment re­leased from the chair­man read: “It’s 2016 and from a po­si­tion a few years back when I se­ri­ously doubted whether this club would even be in ex­is­tence by this date, things are look­ing very pos­i­tive off the field for both the short and long term fu­ture of Hayes and Yead­ing United Foot­ball Club.

“Of course, we are still to reach our ul­ti­mate dream of a re­turn back to our home­town of Hayes, but progress is be­ing made slowly but surely, meet­ing af­ter meet­ing, fund­ing stream af­ter do­na­tion. We now have a vis­ually stun­ning stand full of seats, win­dows in the up­per part of the stand, turn­stiles ready to be in­stalled and an im­pres­sive ex­ter­nal fence be­gin­ning to take shape, as is the whole project and dream of foot­ball back at the SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium.

“So will I prom­ise to get us back for the end of this sea­son or even the start of sea­son 2016/17? Be­ing hon­est, no, I won’t prom­ise, but at the mo­ment I can’t see why we won’t be back on our home turf for the new sea­son.

“We have now se­cured lines of in­vest­ment to keep us steady and do works nec­es­sary to get the ground up to grad­ing, but we are be­hind sched­ule for works. I won’t prom­ise what in many ways is out of my hands and I won’t raise expectations if, in my heart, I know that match­ing them isn’t re­al­is­tic.

“What I can prom­ise you is that the small team of peo­ple we have at this club are work­ing hard, very hard, to make it hap­pen as quickly as pos­si­ble. We are all fans who want this re­turn as much as any­body. If we miss our tar­gets it won’t be for want of try­ing.”

Hayes & Yead­ing’s trip to Weston-su­per-Mare was post­poned due to a wa­ter­logged pitch on Satur­day, with a re-ar­ranged date of Fe­bru­ary 16 pro­vi­sion­ally agreed be­tween the two clubs, as United now be­gin plan­ning for this week­end’s visit of Dart­ford.

Photo by Hayes & Yead­ing

United FC

n ‘NO PROM­ISES’: Tony Driscoll and (right) how the Bea­cons­field Road ground is look­ing

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