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Bank holiday Monday marks 40 years in the wilderness for Cray Wanderers

PUBLISHED: 18:19 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:19 19 August 2013

Bank holiday Monday will see Cray Wanderers football club clock up 40 years in the wilderness whilst seeking a permanent home.

Their last ground in the local area was Grassmeade in St Mary Cray but that ground was sold for redevelopment.

The club pitched up at Oxford Road in Sidcup where their first match was against Swanley Town in the Metropolitan London league on August 27, 1973.

Fast forward 40 years and Cray are still playing away from home.

On bank holiday Monday they will take on Thamesmead Town in the Ryman Premier League at Bromley Football Club with whom they currently ground share.

Gary Hillman, club chairman, said: “We are very grateful to Bromley Football Club but our ground sharing arrangement with them finishes at the end of this season.

“Bromley Council have refused our proposed schemes at Sandy Lane and Manorfields which were both self-financing and would have bought in valuable funds to help make up the short fall up in there current budget.

“Unless Bromley Council work with us and help us find a solution to the problem this historic club could well fold. There is only so long you can keep wandering.”

Over 1,000 people signed a club petition to return Cray Wanderers to its home turf.

The Sandy Lane site is classed as Green Belt and the football club had asked for the council to consider it as a special case, but it refused. Their application for Manorfields was refused as councillors believed it was an unsuitable location.

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