Sports Gazette

by sports journalism students at St Mary's University, London

Hampton: A Footballing Community

Posted on 1 March 2019 by Timothy Hammersley

Hampton is a quaint and quiet village in South West London.

The pub, the church, the village shops. Everything about Hampton endears itself to you, as a very pleasant place to live.

But if you walk down from the station, and turn up Beaver Close, you will find the beating heart of this community, the Jezzard’s Beveree stadium.

Hampton and Richmond Borough FC, who call the Beveree Stadium home, currently play in the National League South, the 6th tier of English football.

At this level, budgets are often very tight, and clubs have to look to the generosity and support of their fans and the local community, with the club’s manager not being afraid to

Nowhere is this more evident than in a club and a community like Hampton.

Far from being all about the players, this is a club where success depends on the contributions of everybody, both on and off the pitch.

The club was under the spotlight at the end of last year, as the TV cameras rolled into town to capture their first round FA Cup tie against Oldham Athletic.

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The Gaffer @mccann2507 talks to @btsport pitchside before tonight’s match against @OfficialOAFC#COYBeavers #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/CDUBVpTpfv— Hampton & RB FC (@HRBFC) November 12, 2018

Despite a last-gasp defeat, the club showed the very best of non-league football and likely gained themselves a fair few extra fans.

Once the TV crews had gone, and things had gone back to normal, I went down to talk to some of the people who make this club tick and will keep it going for many years to come.