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9 months ago By Mishi Morath

It's our second visit of the season this Saturday, 14th October, to Staines Town, this time for a return Bostik League match

Last month it was a win on penalties, after a draw in normal time, that saw The Hamlet progress in the Velocity Trophy.

That night there were probably no more than twenty Dulwich diehards in the crowd, hopefully a few more will make the trip this weekend!

The Swans play at Wheatsheaf Park, Wheatsheaf Lane, Staines, Middlesex with the all important postcode to tap into the SatNav being TW18 2PD

Their admission prices are a pound cheaper than ours, having commendably reduced them by two pounds a head from last season.

Note the address of 'Staines', as it's actually Staines-upon-Thames, and has been since 2012, after some local residents thought their most famous 'local resident' was bringing down the tone of the town!

The nearest station is Staines, which is about a mile from the ground. It’s not the most exciting of walks, very much commuter belt, but it’s practically flat, at least. Leave the station on the side of the platform you arrive on, if coming from central London. Turn right, which is Gresham Road, then left into Laleham Road and carry on walking, finally right into Wheatsheaf Lane (the ground being signposted on the main road) and the entrance to ground is on left.

Trains are plentiful from central London, starting at Waterloo & going through Clapham Junction. There are no less than six trains an hour from London Waterloo; the quickest appearing to take 41 minutes, the slowest 55. If you want to check which service suits you best simply go to the National Rail website. The train at 13:44 seems to be the last one you should aim for, to make kick-off, that pulls into Staines station at 14:25, leaving just enough time to hotfoot it to the ground for kick-off.

After the match, if you're nippy and want to head straight back to London, 17:12, which metaphorically speaking hits the buffers at Waterloo at five minutes to six. In all probability, you will miss that one, unless you are a very fast walker, or have cadged a lift back to the station.
The next service after that is at sixteen minutes past five, but you might want to leave this one, as it's the slower, longer routed one, which takes 52 minutes.
Wait for the train after that, which is the 17:16, that takes only 36 minutes and pulls in at Waterloo a 5.21pm.
In reality though, it's so simple and plentiful a service to get back to South London with, just head to the station whenever you want really, and look at the timetable yourself.

From memory there’s no pubs on the route from the station that I suggested,, though if you come out of the station on the other side, and head into the town centre, there’s the local Wetherspoons on the High Street, called The George.
There IS another pub, The Beehive, which I didn't know about, but yomped past after the Velocity Trophy tie. It looked half-decent, briefly peering through the window, and following my directions above from the station, having turned right along Gresham Road, turn left into Budebury Road, and right down Edgell Road, where you will see the boozer. Carry on to the bottom of the road after your beers and turn left into Laleham Road, to keep you on track for the ground.
If you carry on along past the ground, there is the 'Wheatsheaf & Pigeon', which has proved popular with some of our fans in the past, and known locally as the 'Wee & Pee'.

Sightseeing wise, off the top of my head-but happy to stand corrected- there's actually not much to see in Staines, but it's got a nice enough high street and sits on the River Thames, so there are certainly worse places to potter about in before matches. There's plenty of eateries in the vicinity, if you want a decent bite pre or post-match, & at least one of our fans has recommended the Ancient Raj as 'excellent' in the past, if you like an Indian.

If you want something to do beforehand it might be worth taking the train to Hampton Court from Waterloo and visiting the Royal Palace there. It's relatively pricey to get in, but if you haven't been there before and like history it's worth for a one-off. Alternatively, if cash is at a premium have a gander from outside and mosey around adjacent Bushy Park.

And if you're feeling energetic you could even walk from there to Staines along the Thames Path. If that's too much for you can catch the 216 bus from there to Staines.

Whatever you do, wherever you go...the most important thing is...Come and cheer on The Hamlet!

Where next?

Wow! Thank you! What else can we say after the amazing turnout and generosity from you all on Saturday for our 'Pay-What-You-Like' game
Do they mean us? Time for another look at the opposition internet reports..

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