Cherrywood Rood is where Farnborough Town FC made its name and where we now watch Farnborough FC grace the turf every other week. It is also known as The John Roberts Ground, Cherrywood Stadium and San Cherrio. In recent years the official name has become The Rushmoor Stadium.
Farnborough Town FC started life playing at Queens Road Recreation Ground in North Camp in 1968. At the end of 1975/76 they had won the Spartan League for the previous 4 seasons but lack of facilities
made further progress impossible. There were no floodlights and only a rope separating spectators from the pitch. Chairman John Roberts along with Dick Molden and the rest of the club board decided a move was in order to fulfill their ambitions for Farnborough Town FC.
Cherrywood Road was the choice. It was a few minutes drive from the M3 junction and situated between 2 of the largest housing estates for miles around. There were no other social amenities in the area so the plan was to run the clubhouse with regular bingo sessions, cinema screenings and dances. From this the board forecasted that the £200,000 cost of the ground construction could be recouped within 2-3 years from off field activities.
The move to the new ground lead to Farnborough Town being accepted into the Athenian League which they won at the first time of asking.
The ground has seen many changes over the years, none more so then the work carried out in the last few months. Boro’s rapid progress has seen many a busy pre-season trying to meet the next step’s criteria, most off which was completed voluntarily by supporters. It is almost unrecognisable from when first built. Try to imagine no main stand extension, no PRE stand, no tea bar and toilet block in the away end. There was grass behind both goals which has since been concreted over and terraced. In fact, apart from the main stand, a small programme shop and the surrounding wall, there wasn’t much else to it.
Cherrywood Road as you see it today is a testament not only to the success of Farnborough Town but also the ambition of Farnborough FC.