There's also the small matter of the Prince Edward Playing Fields in Harrow. The site had fallen into complete disuse and the club saw it as the solution to their homelessness as well as being in the borough where the club began. They spent a staggering ten years getting all the necessary planning permissions and by the time construction finally started they had put some 300,000 into the project. However it was hindered by various problems and just a year later the private company paying the builders went into liquidation leaving a 70% built stadium. In 2006 Harrow Council put the unfinished ground up for tender and Barnet FC won the bid. Wealdstone still retain the right to play if the ground is completed but on terms that make it no more than a very expensive ground share with no income available from the social facilities or any part of the site.
As Nick DuGard, Press Officer at Wealdstone wrote "In effect Stones had spent 10 years finding, planning, lobbying, funding and partly completing a football facility for absolutely naught, zilch and zero. Is it any wonder that Wealdstone supporters and those close to the club are a little emotional about the currant situation? Wealdstone's toil and dogged effort seems to have been all but forgotten. Barnet however are lauded for this great new facility now known as 'The Hive' by Harrow Council."
Barnet have themselves been locked in a battle with their council over plans to upgrade their ground. They identified one site but this has been handed to Saracens rugby club on a peppercorn rent. They see Prince Edward Playing Fields as a temporary solution if they are forced out of their ground. But as Nick DuGard points out "This is indeed an ironic situation not lost on the supporters of both clubs - a club from outside the Borough of Harrow, being forced into it, will now be replacing a side being forced to play outside its traditional home of Harrow."
For Slough fans these tails of homeless woe will strike a chord and we know that getting your own ground in your own patch is a bloody headache but essential if any team is to thrive and prosper.