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South Park FC

Grier's Guide to South Park

When: Saturday 3 August, 3.00pm

The town: Despite them being on the receiving end of 20 years' worth of jokes about the fictional town in Colorado, it's actually a suburb in the southwest of Reigate.

The ground: Whitehall Lane, Reigate, RH2 8LZ. A fairly small ground with a friendly clubhouse.

Directions: It should take about 40 minutes to drive from Kingston - head to junction 8 of the M25 and then through Reigate town centre. Public transport is difficult for somewhere so close as the crow flies, requiring a train from Clapham Junction to Reigate and then the 430 bus.

Our record there: A 5-0 friendly win last summer wasn't exactly a sign of good form to come for Ks. The only competitive visit, back in 2011, saw South Park triumph 2-1 in the Surrey Cup, despite only being a Combined Counties side at the time. "Oh my God they've killed another cup run!" screamed the Ks Web match report headline.

Recent form: 17th in the new Isthmian 1 South Central last year. Their most recent friendly saw them draw 2-2 with Corinthian FC of Kent.

Players to watch: Manager Jay Lovett had a distinguished league and non-league playing career, facing us in the colours of Lewes, Horsham and Met Police. He was also an unused sub when we famously knocked Brentford out of the FA Cup. He's made a number of signings over the summer and singled out ex-Staines winger Howard Newton as particularly important in an interview with Get Surrey.

Crowd: Perhaps hard to judge them when we've never played in anything more than the Surrey Cup. They averaged 85 last season.

Drinking: There are no pubs in South Park itself but plenty of choice more centrally in Reigate. The Prince of Wales is right by the station and looks pleasant while on West Street, Pilgrim Brewery and Four Hops both ought to cater to craft beer drinkers. The High Street has a bunch more options to cater to all tastes.

Food: Again, there's little near the ground so Reigate town centre will be your best bet with most of the pubs offering food, as well as the usual range of cafes and restaurants on the High Street.

Published Wednesday 31st July 2019