O’Driscoll eager for new ground to open
Chairman hoping for a summer start FOOTBALL
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
n ‘NO PROMISES’: Tony Driscoll and (right) how the Beaconsfield Road ground is looking