The Football Association’s chairman David Bernstein visited Kiln Brow last Saturday – and according to Redhill chairman….
….John Park he was impressed all round.
And as well as showing Bernstein around on the day Redhill put in an impressive 3-0 FA Cup win, the Sussex County League club`s chief took the chance to raise an issue he hopes the FA will look into.
Park said: “We showed him our new facilities and treatment room, which he said were very impressive. We had a chat about some things we felt the FA could do. For example, we mentioned the grants process. It’s not clear in the grant system whether car parks are part of it.”
The club are trying to raise money to resurface their car park – which is used by hospital staff during the week as well as on match days – having put huge efforts into improving their ground in recent years.
With the help of FA grants, they have brought their ground up to Ryman League (Step 4) standards – all they need now is promotion from the Sussex County League.
Bernstein’s visit was reward for how Surrey FA president Ray Lewis found the club on his visit in the previous FA Cup round – a 1-0 victory against Whyteleafe.
“He left us with two compliments,” said Park. “He said it was amazing the respect the players gave the officials and he said that he was amazed at the standard of football. It was a feather in our cap to have him.”
Redhill’s victory earned them a tie at home against Ryman Premier Division side Lewes on Saturday week. This weekend they are in cup action again, with an FA Vase match at home to Horley Town of the Combined Counties League Premier Division.