The switch to Burlington Road was to prove a disaster. The site was chosen because of easy access. Trams went right past the ground and the fare was just one penny. What nobody had reckoned on was the state of the pitch. One spell of bad weather and it became so badly waterlogged that half a season's matches had to be postponed or relocated.

There were sickening scenes on the pitch, with star player Dave Walker, a Surrey County cap brutally assaulted as he left the pitch after a Boxing Day flare up against Kingston; and there was grief off it, the club shocked and saddened by the sudden death of keeper, Willie Miell, aged just 21.