Today was the 10th anniversary of the Stags 1st game at the Testwood ( now Snows) Stadium
10 years ago today history was made when AFC Totton played the 1st game at the then Testwood Stadium. The Turnstiles were opened at 12.30pm with the clubs legendary supporter Pete Chilcott being the 1st man through the turnstiles. The clubs former press officer was chosen to be the 1st person through the turnstiles due to his long association with the club. Indeed Pete was a young man back in December 1933 when the club played their 1st game at Testwood Park and Pete was in attendance that afternoon when the Stags beat Ryde Sports 3-1. The Stags 1st opponent at the Testwood Stadium was Paulton Rovers, Stuart Ritchies exciting side ran out 5-1 winners with goals from Mike Gosney, Michael Charles (3) and Stefan Brown. A crowd of nearly 800 was in attendance for what turned out to be a very special day for the club.
Normally clubs take a while to adapt to their new surroundings, some of you may recall Saints having difficulties in adapting to life at St Marys when they moved there in 2001. However, the Stags had no such problems and went on to score a hat full of goals after moving in to their new home. Following on from their 5-1 win over Paulton the clubs following home games went like this.
22/2/11 Gosport WON 5-2
12/3/11 Yate Town WON 4-1
26/3/11 Cinderford WON 3-1
5/4/11 Andover WON 9-0
9/4/11 Hungerford Town WON 7-0
Now thats how to start life in a new stadium!!!
Of course the Stags went on to win the Zamaretton Southern League Division One (S&W) title and win promotion to the Southern Premier.
Click on the link below to see the goals from the Stags 1st game at the Testwood Stadium.