Wealdstone FC has Ryman ground grading confirmed

Officials from the Ryman League Ground Grading Committee carried out a final inspection at Wealdstone’s new home at the Vale last Sunday morning (10th August) and were able to confirm that requirements had been met to achieve the necessary ‘C’ grading for Ryman Football League Premier Division football.

Following the initial inspection carried out on 20 June, 2008, the club had been given a number of additional works that were required to be completed before the grading could be awarded. Major improvements at the Vale have included levelling and relaying the entire playing surface, significantly improving terracing and replacing large sections of perimeter fencing. The players dressing and treatment rooms and other facilities have been completely renovated and team dugouts replaced.

Stones Chairman Howard Krais said: ‘This is a remarkable achievement by a totally dedicated group of supporters, officials and management who have worked tirelessly since January to upgrade and refurbish a previously dilapidated stadium into one that we can all be proud – and of course most importantly a facility that meets the required grading criteria to play football at Ryman Premier Division level. The ground volunteer team have been led superbly by Don Cross and Mike Kane and on behalf of the directors I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved’

Upgrading works and improvements will continue at the Vale and plans are currently being formulated for additional spectator cover at the turnstile end of the ground.

Stones will play Tonbridge Angels on the opening day of the Ryman Premier Division season this Saturday, August 16th at the Vale, Ruislip Manor, kick -off 3pm.