Bostik Premier League team Billericay Town are working hard to transform their ground in time for the new season – and the progress is amazing.
I was there on 17 April with nearly 2,000 other fans to watch the Blues turn over local rivals Canvey Island 3-1 in their last home game of the season.
I arrived at 8.30am this morning to find dozens of people at work on all areas of the ground. Three of the new stands are in place, along with about 500 seats. New bars and toilet blocks are being constructed on the corners, and the clubhouse is being completely refurbished, with foundations in place for new buildings adjacent to it.
The pitch looks stunning under a rare summer sky filled with cirrocumulus clouds.
The back of the main stand will be home to a new mural depicting the history of the club, and that is also taking great shape, with the Mayflower connections and the three FA Vase victories already in place.
Glenn Tamplin promised the fans major changes in two fan forums held last season – and it looks like he is set to deliver in time for the new season.