‘The Moatsiders’ played their football in the Redhill & District League, which they won on four occasions, before joining the Surrey Intermediate League in 1951. The move proved successful as they lifted the league title in 1952-53. In 1964 Merstham moved to the Surrey Senior League.
The 2016-17 campaign saw the Moatsiders embark on a fantastic FA Cup run. Wins against East Preston, Colliers Wood United, Thamesmead Town and Ebbsfleet United saw the team progress to the first round proper.
Bird's side were drawn at home to Oxford United, which attracted a record attendance of 1,920 and the live TV cameras. Merstham went down 5-0 but finished the season in style by lifting the Surrey Senior Cup.
The programme was from when the game was originally meant to be played before the weather intervened. An updated four page insert did the job. I also purchased a 50/50 draw ticket from an almost apologetic lady.
Further along on the half way line was a low seated stand with flat standing further along. This continued behind the Albury End goal up to a small covered terrace towards the corner flag. A small changing block for the clubs youth sides stood alongside.
The far touchline contained neat boxes for the managers and substitutes before the scene was completed by a low cover adapted from scaffolding at the Church End. The whole arena was enclosed by high hedges.
The game was also enjoyable on a rolled pitch with a few undulations.. It looked at first as though it was going to be a question of how many Merstham would rack up as they totally dominated the first half hour.
However, they didn't get nearly enough shots away with one or two individuals being greedy with the ball; especially the little number 7; Taurean Roberts who seemed to think he was Wilf Saha or Raheen Sterling.
Surely more team play would have opened up the visitors? As it was, it took a fine shot from just outside the box from Tommy Hutchings to put the Moatsiders ahead around seven minutes before the break.