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cherryhopper
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I thought it was about time we had a separate thread to post news on any rugby grounds under threat from the bulldozers. I'll set the ball rolling with Harrogate who are set to move from their current base at Claro Road near the town centre to their new ground at Rudding Lane on the South-Eastern edge of town in time for the start of next season. A photograph on their website shows construction well under way with the grass already laid out for the main pitch.
Please post on here if you know the latest on Burton, Walsall, Kendal or any other rugby clubs who may be moving.


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I'm not aware that there has been any further progress in Walsall's proposed move to Aldridge Airport, but there's someone on this forum who's more closely linked to the club than I am, so maybe he might have some up-to-date information. Googling indicates that Walsall Council were due to consider the matter of granting the rugby club a "long lease of land" there back in March 2012, but what the outcome was, I don't know.

In contrast, I can report from yesterday's visit that there were rough plans up on the Droitwich notice board showing an increase of their car park spaces from the current 129 by at least a further 100 !! I think that's as a result of the success of their Mini and Junior teams.


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While not doubting the plans and the move at the end of the season, Harrogate were "moving" when I went - in 1996!



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Went to Burton last season. In the programme they were asking for people to come along in June to tidy up the ground, which suggests they will not be moving this season.
The ground is well worth doing, with a lovely old stand. Also a former football league ground.
Someone told me last season that London irish Wild Geese will be moving from London Irish's former home in Sunbury. They seem to be still there at the moment.



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Someone told me last season that London irish Wild Geese will be moving from London Irish's former home in Sunbury. They seem to be still there at the moment.


I assume this is linked to the development of The Avenue site in Lower Sunbury. It's been a long and rancorous process but they have finally got an amended application through the council

http://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/...don-Irish-Rugby-Club


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London Irish's 2nd XV have two Monday night home games at The Avenue in the Premiership 'A' League:
This coming Monday September 23rd v Exeter Braves; October 7th v Bath United.
Both matches kick-off at 7:30pm.


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Slightly after the horse has bolted on this one but whilst looking for info on Burton's ground move after reading Sheffgeoff's post (WAYG 11th January) I stumbled accross that Lincoln RFC of Midlands 3 East (North) have moved this season from their city centre Lindum Sports Ground to a new facility 3 miles east at Longdales Park, Lodge Lane, Nettleham. It's just around the corner from Nettleham FC.
Speaking of Burton I can't find any confirmation on their website that Peel Croft is being knocked down next summer or where they will be playing next season if indeed this is to be their last season at the historic old ground.


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Slightly after the horse has bolted on this one but whilst looking for info on Burton's ground move after reading Sheffgeoff's post (WAYG 11th January) I stumbled accross that Lincoln RFC of Midlands 3 East (North) have moved this season from their city centre Lindum Sports Ground to a new facility 3 miles east at Longdales Park, Lodge Lane, Nettleham. It's just around the corner from Nettleham FC.
Speaking of Burton I can't find any confirmation on their website that Peel Croft is being knocked down next summer or where they will be playing next season if indeed this is to be their last season at the historic old ground.

Doesn't look like this will be the last season at Peel Croft. See separate post.


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Just moving this scrap of info now we have a separate thread for it. Dings Crusaders ground has been bought by the Univ of West of England (along with several others in vicinity) but this one is going for housing.



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cherryhopper
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Thanks Ciderjohn. Do you know the timescale how long they have left at the old ground? Nothing on Dings website about them moving, all I can find is a newspaper article from 2009 in which the club were hoping to take over and develop the ground of Bishopston RFC which is next door but in a different borough - the boundary line between Bristol and South Gloucestershire separates the grounds.


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The University has bought Bishopston RU too, and Ashley Down Old Boys RU and football nearby. Current state seems to be Bishopston will be moved back a bit and rotated but the Dings site goes for housing in 2 years time. Meanwhile some university sport is being played at Dings (I hope to watching an RL fixture on one of the outside pitches next Wed 2pm - weather permitting). I get frequent updates as Mrs Ciderjon works there, also on the Bristol Rovers new ground project as the University owns that too!



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Ambitious Newent RFC, currently top of Gloucestershire Premier (Level 8) are hoping to move from the town's Recreation Ground into a new home of their own.
www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/search-new-home-continues-Newent-Rugby-Club/story-20253473-detail/story.html


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Someone told me last season that London irish Wild Geese will be moving from London Irish's former home in Sunbury. They seem to be still there at the moment.


I assume this is linked to the development of The Avenue site in Lower Sunbury. It's been a long and rancorous process but they have finally got an amended application through the council

http://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/...don-Irish-Rugby-Club

It seems London Irish Wild Geese aim to be playing at Hazelwood from September, which makes 2013-14 their last season at The Avenue. I asked their press officer for a list of remaining first team games at Sunbury (a ground I've yet to visit) and, bizarrely, he sent me the away fixtures. By my reckoning, their outstanding National League Two South home games are:

Jan 25 Dings Crusaders (2pm)
Feb 8th Shelford (2.30pm)
Mar 1st Redruth (3pm)
Mar 22nd Canterbury (3pm)
April 5th Hartpury College (3pm)

I have other plans for Jan 25th and Mar 1st, so I'll head down there for one of the other three.

This was the chairman's New Year Statement (lifted from the club website):

A Happy New Year to all of you. 2014 promises to be one of the most momentous years in the history of London Irish. We will say goodbye to The Avenue and move to our new home down the road in Hazelwood. The new owners of the Pro Club will settle in and some of the significant changes required there will start to happen. The relationship between Pro and Amateur clubs will return to something akin to life pre professionalism and the London Irish family will look forward together with optimism.
Your Executive Committee are going to ask a lot of you this year. We will have all the end of an era celebrations and then the big move followed by a grand opening. Chris Kane is leading the efforts to get us safely to Hazelwood in as seamless a manner as possible. Please put your hands up when asked. If we all work together we can make this happen.
I hope you all have a wonderful break and come back renewed and refreshed for the New Year, next weekend.


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From the Pontypool website

"Pontypool RFC is disappointed to announce that Pontypool Park was subjected to a further act of vandalism earlier this evening.


The commentary and media section of the main stand has suffered significant fire damage as a result of a substantial fire emanating from a waste container.


The fire has since been extinguished fully and police have attended the scene.


This is the second arson attack that Pontypool Park has been subjected to in a matter of months, and Pontypool RFC will continue to communicate with Torfaen County Borough Council regarding this on-going situation".


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I read in the Rugby paper a few weeks ago that Exmouth are planning to move to a new ground.



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It was reported on this evening's 'Meridian Tonight' that London Welsh are to leave Oxford's Kassam Stadium and that they are hoping to move into and develop the former ground of Witney Town FC.


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It was reported on this evening's 'Meridian Tonight' that London Welsh are to leave Oxford's Kassam Stadium and that they are hoping to move into and develop the former ground of Witney Town FC.


This is just a slight twist on an old story been going on for a year or so now. They want to move to the area and have been looking at sites in and around Oxford for a while. Not sure that a stadium big enough to house top division rugby would be allowed in Downs Road, they are top of the second tier. It was mooted a year or so ago they were going to take the ground over as their training headquarters and for the other teams to play on as it has two pitches.

Think the Kassam bit is like Oxford United down to the rental they have to pay. As an aside if they moved much further west they will end up in Wales, Witney is nearer the Welsh Border than London. It's nearest point is less than 50 miles from Downs Road.

Other stories say Downs Road is to be knocked down and turned into a Hotel for the adjoining Witney Lakes Resort which own the site.


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This is the Polythene Stadium, isn't it? Since London Welsh's main sponsor is a law firm, would that be renamed as the Legal (no longer Polythene) Stadium?


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Sale Sharks are considering moving back to Edgeley Park. Despite the Salford stadium being 2 miles closer to Sale than Stockport their crowds are down with fans put off by queues on the M60 and lack of public transport links among many problems making it unviable financially to play there.
www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/25981348


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This is the Polythene Stadium, isn't it? Since London Welsh's main sponsor is a law firm, would that be renamed as the Legal (no longer Polythene) Stadium?


Think it was something else after the Polythene bit think that died when they morphed from United to Town.

In recent years all at Downs Road, Town folded but Academy carried on. They folded and United formed, they morphed into Town who folded.


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I was at Victoria Rangers RL today played on a borrowed ground which was just a field by the River Aire but offered a lift to one of the players dads from the clubhouse where I needed to get directions

Anyway he advised me that Otley RU had sold thier ground and were likley to vacate this soon

Does anyone have any info on this. I have no idea of the accuracy but this is one of the best traditional grounds in the sport and a must visit. I have only looked through the entrance gates. Had I known this was possible even thirty mins earlier I would have diverted.

I did check this was Otley and not Harrogate as there move is well documented


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According to the online version of the Wharfedale Observer, Otley's weekly newspaper, the club has sold "part of its training pitches" to a housing developer; not Cross Green itself. The land concerned is off Pool Road. I went to the Otley-Harrogate game just before Christmas, and there was no mention either in the programme or on the terraces about the ground having been sold.


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I hope news of Sale moving back to Stockport is true. It's a total nightmare to get to compared to Stockport, with links direct to Manchester. I used to attend a good few home games at Edgeley Park but have knocked Friday nights at the AJ Bell Stadium on the head after nightmare experiences trying to get there. If they persist with playing there it seems obvious to play home games on sunday, it would be much better all round.


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I hope news of Sale moving back to Stockport is true. It's a total nightmare to get to compared to Stockport, with links direct to Manchester. I used to attend a good few home games at Edgeley Park but have knocked Friday nights at the AJ Bell Stadium on the head after nightmare experiences trying to get there. If they persist with playing there it seems obvious to play home games on sunday, it would be much better all round.
Salford RL are playing on Sundays now, so there would be fixture clashes.




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Rotherham Titans are in talks about a grounshare with Mansfield Town FC from the start of next season should they gain promotion to the Premiership.Titans Clifton Lane ground only holds 2.500 and a 10.000 capacity is required for the top flight.


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Rotherham Titans are in talks about a grounshare with Mansfield Town FC from the start of next season should they gain promotion to the Premiership.Titans Clifton Lane ground only holds 2.500 and a 10.000 capacity is required for the top flight.


Surely the unused and still standing Millmoor makes more sense, or is it that the rent demands are prohibitive? I would have thought that some income rather than none would help the owner, whoever that may be...


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Theres a big scrap yard that cuts up old railway stock a name that i cant think of but im pretty sure they have something to do with Millmoor,it backs onto the ground.Surely someone on here knows of plans etc?


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Theres a big scrap yard that cuts up old railway stock a name that i cant think of but im pretty sure they have something to do with Millmoor,it backs onto the ground.Surely someone on here knows of plans etc?

The scrapyard is C.F. Booth (known commonly as Booth's). I'm sure he's the guy who owns Millmoor - and the fella Rotherham United FC could not reach agreement with over a new lease. Hence the move to the Don Valley. I'd be surprised if Rotherham RUFC went back to Millmoor: the pitch is well tended but the rest of the place (especially the half-complete new stand) is a mess.


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Thanks for that FL,one question though, why is the pitch well tended?


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I think it's something to do with a covenant. But I may be wrong.


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Very strange but what other reason could there possibly be.Thanks again.


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I hope news of Sale moving back to Stockport is true. It's a total nightmare to get to compared to Stockport, with links direct to Manchester. I used to attend a good few home games at Edgeley Park but have knocked Friday nights at the AJ Bell Stadium on the head after nightmare experiences trying to get there. If they persist with playing there it seems obvious to play home games on sunday, it would be much better all round.


Trains to Patricroft, the nearest station, don't run on Sundays, so doesn't ease public transport problems. On Fridays, it's only one per hour, and it's a push to get last trains out to other locations by the time that gets to Manchester Victoria. If games kicked off at 7.30, then the 10pm train would be possible and no problem, but traffic for car drivers is then worse. It's also not far to walk to the Trafford Centre bus station to get to Stockport for example; or also possible to get a bus to Eccles and use Metrolink from there.



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FL will know the answer ...

I believe the "Scratching Shed" at Otley RUFC is being torn down any day now ? I also believe it is worth a visit and the backdrops are decent as well ?

Can you confirm this ?



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FL will know the answer ...

I believe the "Scratching Shed" at Otley RUFC is being torn down any day now ? I also believe it is worth a visit and the backdrops are decent as well ?

Can you confirm this ?

It appears to be true, unfortunately. The stand, located behind the Chevin End posts at Cross Green, was condemned recently following a structural survey recommended during the ground's annual West Yorkshire Fire Service inspection. The players run beneath the stand in getting to the pitch from the dressing rooms. It was built using timbers rescued from the original main stand when that was replaced in the mid-1930s. Roof contains asbestos, too, it would seem. Club secretary Marc Lawrence should be able to provide a demolition date. His mobile number and email address are on the Otley RUFC website. At this stage, it is uncertain what will happen to the terrace when the stand is removed. And, yes, the scenic views of the Chevin rising behind the stand are very fine.

Otley have three home league games left this season. I'd have thought it would make sense to leave the demolition until summer. They could close the stand and, in the meantime, maybe get the players to walk round the back and side of the stand to access the pitch. Home fixtures (all 3pm) remaining are Leicester Lions (March 1st), Luctonians (March 29th) and Hull (April 12th).


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Thanks Andy ,
I heard tonight (Via Marc) that they have already started to dismantle some of the stand , the rest is only a matter of days away.
I am intending to visit v Leicester Lions Smile.
Really looking forward to visiting a ground with such history. I hear in '79 they hosted the mighty All Blacks.



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Thanks Andy ,
I heard tonight (Via Marc) that they have already started to dismantle some of the stand , the rest is only a matter of days away.
I am intending to visit v Leicester Lions Smile.
Really looking forward to visiting a ground with such history. I hear in '79 they hosted the mighty All Blacks.


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Thanks Andy ,
I heard tonight (Via Marc) that they have already started to dismantle some of the stand , the rest is only a matter of days away.
I am intending to visit v Leicester Lions Smile.
Really looking forward to visiting a ground with such history. I hear in '79 they hosted the mighty All Blacks.


I went there for a Rugby World Cup game in October 1991 when Italy beat the USA 30-9 which preceded my visit to Guiseley.
23 years ago............sheesh Crazy


I was in Otley this afternoon and had a look at Cross Green. The ground was locked and there was no sign of any activity in the demolition department.


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Thanks Andy ,
I heard tonight (Via Marc) that they have already started to dismantle some of the stand , the rest is only a matter of days away.
I am intending to visit v Leicester Lions Smile.
Really looking forward to visiting a ground with such history. I hear in '79 they hosted the mighty All Blacks.


I went there for a Rugby World Cup game in October 1991 when Italy beat the USA 30-9 which preceded my visit to Guiseley.
23 years ago............sheesh Crazy


I was in Otley this afternoon and had a look at Cross Green. The ground was locked and there was no sign of any activity in the demolition department.


I visited yesterday v Leicester LionsSmile , and it was superb. The people who are doing the demolition are the players as time permits in order to avoid expensive and rip off prices by third parties.
I think they only have 2 or 3 home games left this season. My advice would be to get there at the earliest moment.



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London Irish Wild Geese host a Farewell to the Avenue double-header on Saturday, 17th May. The club is leaving the Sunbury venue for new facilities close by at Hazelwood. At 2.30pm, the Wild Geese play an Invitation XV. Then, at 4.45pm, a London Irish Legends XV takes on a Topsy Ojo/Declan Danaher XV. Admission will be by souvenir programme, for which a donation is requested. There will be a lunch and post-match party.


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Sorry, know very little about rugby union venues. Presumably this was the main London Irish venue before they went 'walkabouts'? Is it being built on, and are there any spectator facilities there?



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Yes, it was the home of the 'original' London Irish. There is a decent-sized, modern-ish stand and a clubhouse. Ground held 6,600 in its heyday. I gather stand and clubhouse are to be demolished and 206 houses built on the site. London Irish Wild Geese have two home league games left - plus the farewell match in May. The new ground is on the site of a golf course.


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Cheers. Much appreciated.



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Photo of the stand on this link http://www.london-irish-amateur.co.uk/club-house.html


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A few shots from Saturday's (22/03/14) National Two South game at The Avenue, Sunbury, between London Irish Wild Geese and Canterbury (13-29). It's a cracking little set-up, run by friendly people. Just two games left now before the bulldozers advance: v divisional leaders Hartpury College (April 5th) and a celebratory ground-closing double-header (May 17th).

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I thought it was about time we had a separate thread to post news on any rugby grounds under threat from the bulldozers. I'll set the ball rolling with Harrogate who are set to move from their current base at Claro Road near the town centre to their new ground at Rudding Lane on the South-Eastern edge of town in time for the start of next season.

An update: Harrogate's secretary tells me the first game at the new Rudding Lane ground will "probably" take place in mid-January 2015, which gives those who haven't visited Claro Road additional opportunities to do so. He says Gate will continue at their present ground "for the first part of next season".


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A few shots from Saturday's (22/03/14) National Two South game at The Avenue, Sunbury, between London Irish Wild Geese and Canterbury (13-29). It's a cracking little set-up, run by friendly people. Just two games left now before the bulldozers advance: v divisional leaders Hartpury College (April 5th) and a celebratory ground-closing double-header (May 17th).

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Old Elthamians, newly promoted to National League Two (South), are moving from their Foxbury Ground in Chislehurst to a new facility at College Meadow within the grounds of Eltham College in time for the start of next season. The cricket club, who play in Kent League Division 3, will also be moving here in 2015 when the new facilities are complete so anyone wishing to tick them at Foxbury has one last summer to do so.
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Looking up the Herefors United story on the local paper website I noted that Hereford Rugby which is on the riverbank near Hinton FC are moving out of town to a new site. Nothing started yet but planning permission is ok after high court hearing so I assume 12 months at least

Not been but walked past some time ago and tend to remember small stand


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Harrogate, of National League Two North, report they're still on course to quit Claro Road in January 2015 for a new, seven-pitch complex at Rudding Lane.

Scheduled Claro Road fixtures to the end of December:

Sept 6th Stourbridge (3.0)
Sept 20th Caldy (3.0)
Oct 4th Otley (3.0)
Oct 18th Stockport (3.0)
Nov 1st Sedgley Park (2.0)
Nov 15th Preston Grasshoppers (2.0)
Nov 29th Chester (2.0)
Dec 6th Leicester Lions (2.0)
Dec 20th Huddersfield (2.0)

Potential 'openers' at Rudding Lane:

Jan 10th Hull (2.0)
Jan 24th Broadstreet (2.0)


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Stafford RUFC’s ground at Castlefields (aka the County Ground) should be flagged up as an medium-term Ground for Concern.

As I understand it, the landlord, Lord Stafford (one Francis Fitzherbert, the 15th Baron Stafford, if I’ve got it right) wants the rugby club to move so the existing ground can be developed for housing. Although it’s not a huge area, it’s a prime site, given its proximity to the town centre. The Good Lord has apparently earmarked some land off the Doxey Road, again quite close to the town centre, for a brand new development, clubhouse, stand, and pitches complex. I think it’s going to be somewhere at the back of the Timberland Road estate.

Anyway, they are cracking on with the planning, etc. and negotiating grants, according to the programme, and hope to be in their new home some time in 2015/16 (at the earliest). I would think there’s certainly at least one and possibly two seasons left at Castlefields; we all know how long these things take, i.e. Burton, Walsall …..Sly

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Blandford RFC (Dorset & Wilts One South) play the first match at their new home - Larksmead Recreation Ground - on Saturday 27th September against newly promoted Dorset Dockers, the team who scored 212 points in a game last year. The club have played at Larksmead before from 1983 to the mid 1990's but then moved to Milldown Sports Centre because it had better changing room facilities, but with the facilities revamped at Larksmead (off Salisbury Road) the club have now moved back to their former home.


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Just moving this scrap of info now we have a separate thread for it. Dings Crusaders ground has been bought by the Univ of West of England (along with several others in vicinity) but this one is going for housing.


Developments at last on this: Dings have submitted a planning application for a new ground to be known as Shaftesbury Park opposite Frenchay Hospital and, looking at the map on the attachment on the club's pitchero site, right next door to the ground of former Gloucestershire County League football club DRG Stapleton. Friday's match vs Clifton, which is now a 7:45 kick off, looks to be the ideal opportunity to tick their current ground at Lockleaze.


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If anyone wants to tick Meadow Lane for rugby, you'd better get your skates on, or hope they get promoted.

Nottingham are going to play their championship games at their training ground just across the river starting in mid January. They have renewed their ground share agreement at ML, but will only invoke it if they get promoted to the Prem.


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Mid January is optimisitc. The pitches are fine but that gives then three months and not the best three of the year for building works to install all the facilities. Maybe possible with a temporary stand but there must be minimum standards for the Championship including I assume the capacity and also a need for floodlights

Dont know what Jersey have but last year Ealing was considered to be the poorest of the grounds albeit adequate and I cannot see how this sort of standard could be reached. As for promotion if finances are so tight that they cannot afford to continue to rent Meadow lane then going up wpuld be a disaster


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www.nottinghampost.com/Nottingham-Rugby-leave-Notts-County-s-Meadow-Lane/story-23097062-detail/story.html

This is Lady Bay Sports ground, former home of Boots Athletic FC, just east of the City Ground which Nottingham RFC were due to build a new ground on after leaving their old Ireland Avenue ground in Beeston in 2005. First scheduled match is Sunday January 18th vs Plymouth Albion and there are two scheduled Friday fixtures under the new lights - February 20th v Cornish Pirates and April 17th vs Rotherham Titans.
Has the RFU changed it's rules so Championship clubs wanting promotion don't have to play the previous season on a Premiership standard ground in order to be eligible? London Welsh didn't move back to Old Deer Park for a year when they were relegated. Could Cornish Pirates move to Plymouth Argyle's Home Park at the drop of a hat if they qualified for promotion?


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I hope news of Sale moving back to Stockport is true. It's a total nightmare to get to compared to Stockport, with links direct to Manchester. I used to attend a good few home games at Edgeley Park but have knocked Friday nights at the AJ Bell Stadium on the head after nightmare experiences trying to get there. If they persist with playing there it seems obvious to play home games on sunday, it would be much better all round.


Seems to have a negotiating ploy only, new deal signed with Salford City stadium.

But they're not playing Friday nights any more - instead they've switched to Saturday afternoonsCrazy. It's not like they'll have any traffic going to Trafford Centre then, is it? A friend who is a season ticket holder at both FC United and Sale Sharks is not best pleased!



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Saw a feature on French club RACING METRO ahead of today's ERC Cup match v Northampton on Sky Sports and learned they are moving to a new 32000 seat indoor arena in two years time which will double as a concert venue. May well be worth hopping over to Paris to tick their old Colombes stadium, which hosted the 1938 world cup final, before then although it may still be used by a lower league football club after that.


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Harrogate remain on course to start 2015 at Rudding Lane, their new ground in the Follifoot district of town. They're holding an open day next Saturday (November 22nd) for members and their families, who will be able to inspect the clubhouse, changing rooms and pitches. Secretary Peter Kitching tells harrogaterugby.com: "Whilst the clubhouse is not yet fully kitted out, the building is virtually ready and safe to have a look round before the final works are completed."

Weather permitting, it looks as though the last game at Claro Road will be against Huddersfield on December 20th, with Hull guests at the Rudding Lane opener on January 10th (both 2pm).


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Least surprising news of the season: Harrogate won't be moving into their new ground, at Rudding Lane, Follifoot, at the start of 2015. I can see Ian S smiling from here!

Gate chairman James Smithies has made the following statement on the club website:

"Am very conscious that there has been considerable speculation as to the timing of HRUFC's proposed move to Rudding Lane which was programmed for mid-January. Following a meeting with representatives from Crest Nicholson last Friday it is now clear that, in addition to some concerns as to the delivery of the grounds, the principle delay is the completion of the mains services connections to the Clubhouse. Crest have, therefore, proposed that practical completion and handover be deferred to the 1st of March. For the moment, therefore, we will continue to play our games at Claro Road. Completion of the Clubhouse and Grounds is, and has been, a matter between Crest and their contractors GEM Construction Ltd. As those works are largely complete, the Development Working Group and your Committee are now working directly with Crest and will be in a better position to keep all abreast of events as they now progress."

Poor chap doesn't know the difference between principal and principle. Still, I guess that's the least of his problems!

A March 1st handover would make the last game at Claro Road against Birmingham & Solihull on February 21st (2pm) and the first at Rudding Lane versus Hull Ionians on March 14th (3pm).


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Kenilworth RUFC's Glasshouse Lane ground is a medium term "ground for concern".

From the programme:

"Both of our grounds [currently in the greenbelt] have been identified as Preferred Status for development in the Warwick District Local Council Plan which was approved 23/04/14 ..... we own 3.8 acres at the Main Ground and have a 999 year lease on the 18 acres at the Cow Patch [junior pitches up the road] .... "

"We have been very busy looking at alternative sites within Kenilworth and drawing up a specification for clubhouse and pitches. If all goes to plan, we should be inviting offers for our grounds at the end of this season."


I gather that actually identifying a new site within Kenilworth isn't going to be that easy, but the Club wants to crack on with the project. No real time scale yet, so the existing ground should be good for the remainder of this season and presumably next.


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Nottingham play their final game at Meadow Lane today. London Scottish are the visitors (3pm). The Green & Whites have shared Notts County FC's ground for nine years. This is Nottingham's 136th fixture at the venue.

Opening match at their new home, the Lady Bay Sports Ground, West Bridgford, is on January 18. Plymouth Albion provide the opposition (2pm, so presumably no floodlights). Shame because Albion are bottom of the table and appear doomed to relegation. The second game, against high-flying Worcester (February 8th, 2pm), looks a more interesting proposition.

Apparently, a 15-strong consortium has taken over Nottingham and will invest £750,000 in the club over three seasons. Sounds like peanuts.


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as of two months ago Lady Bay which is the old Boots football ground and later used by Nottingham RL was devoid of any type of spectator facility


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It'll be OK, Mike. All Nottingham need for their 1,000 spectators is an enclosed pitch. The obligatory huge clubhouse can follow in years to come ...


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What happened to the ground at Ireland Avenue in Beeston?


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Houses, I think. Quite a few years since I went there to watch Nottingham!


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Houses, I think. Quite a few years since I went there to watch Nottingham!

I used to travel on the train to Derby and used to see it on the right hand side whilst the train was pulling out of Nottingham. If my memory is correct, the castle overlooked the ground.



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A couple of miles south of Nottm station but yes houses are now on the site of the ground.


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The old Ireland avenue ground is now a housing estate next to the pitches used by Beeston fc of the Notts senior league.


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When we visited the lady bay ground on 30th November as part of Nottingham Outlaws rugby league sponsored heritage walk, there was some activity at the ground. There looked to be four areas dug at the corners ready for floodlights to be installed. Additionally, there was an area marked out along the touchline next to the changing facility that resembled the base for an at cost seated stand. There was a small area marked out on the opposite touchline, presumably for a gantry. Behind the luine nearest the entrance, there was an area marked out that did not look big enough for a stand-possibly a marquee.


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Additionally, there was an area marked out along the touchline next to the changing facility that resembled the base for an at cost seated stand ... Behind the luine nearest the entrance, there was an area marked out that did not look big enough for a stand-possibly a marquee.


The Nottm Rugby website is indeed talking of temporary seating and a hospitality marquee (and a real ale bar) for the Plymouth Albion game. The venue, including bar, will also be open this Sunday 11th from noon for a preview.


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Nottingham play their final game at Meadow Lane today. London Scottish are the visitors (3pm). The Green & Whites have shared Notts County FC's ground for nine years. This is Nottingham's 136th fixture at the venue.

Opening match at their new home, the Lady Bay Sports Ground, West Bridgford, is on January 18. Plymouth Albion provide the opposition (2pm, so presumably no floodlights). Shame because Albion are bottom of the table and appear doomed to relegation. The second game, against high-flying Worcester (February 8th, 2pm), looks a more interesting proposition.

Apparently, a 15-strong consortium has taken over Nottingham and will invest £750,000 in the club over three seasons. Sounds like peanuts.

Looks as though lights have gone up as their site is now showing kick off as 3pm. Would have prefered 2pm, as it will be if I go to Rotherham RFC tomorrow.


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Kendal are closer to leaving Mint Bridge, their home since 1927. The North One West club have submitted to South Lakeland District Council plans for a new complex at Mill Field, land used for grazing. It lies north of their present ground, which is adjacent to Shap Road, the A6 to Penrith. Developers Morbaine were given the go-ahead last year to build a £1.1m Sainsbury's store at Mint Bridge. If planners approve Kendal's application, Hornets chairman Dr Stephen Green says the new ground could be ready by late 2016. Kendal's contract with Morbaine - agreed as long ago as 2008 (would you believe) - demands the developers provide new RU facilities in return for the club quitting Mint Bridge. There will be grass pitches, an artificial pitch, a clubhouse and parking.

Mint Bridge has a lovely barrel roof grandstand, likely to date from - or shortly after - the ground's opening. A venue worth visiting, certainly.

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So I take it next season will be the last Andy?



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From what Kendal are saying, Ian, it seems 2015-16 will be their last full season at Mint Bridge. If the council has given Sainsbury's the go-ahead to build on Mint Bridge, it seems pretty unlikely it'll knock back the rugby club over Mill Field. Mind you, in 2008, the rugby club got the OK to relocate to Strawberry Fields, off Oxenholme Road, but that was scuppered because the council, the following year, rejected Sainsbury's plans for Mint Bridge. The Kendal RUFC chairman warns there are "still significant hurdles to overcome". Sainsbury's aim to open the Mint Bridge store in 2017.


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Hereford have just been given the all clear to build their new ground at Hampton Bishop after local residents had their appeal rejected.
http://www.herefordtimes.com/..._plans_for_new_home/


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From what Kendal are saying, Ian, it seems 2015-16 will be their last full season at Mint Bridge. If the council has given Sainsbury's the go-ahead to build on Mint Bridge, it seems pretty unlikely it'll knock back the rugby club over Mill Field. Mind you, in 2008, the rugby club got the OK to relocate to Strawberry Fields, off Oxenholme Road, but that was scuppered because the council, the following year, rejected Sainsbury's plans for Mint Bridge. The Kendal RUFC chairman warns there are "still significant hurdles to overcome". Sainsbury's aim to open the Mint Bridge store in 2017.



Ended up revisiting Kendal on Saturday, I can confirm they should be at Mint Bridge for much if not all of 15-16, but grab it whilst you can (and whilst the stand, stands!)


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Ampthill and District have moved from their railed off pitch with a small amount of cover, to a much more basic pitch nearby.
Judging by the state of the old pitch, some rugby is still played there, but not the 1st XV.



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On my way back from the Bradford & Bingley-Ilkley game, I called in at Rudding Lane, the new ground of Harrogate RUFC, to assess progress. It is south of the town centre, a few yards from the junction of Rudding Lane and the A658. The brown 'tourist signs' are now in place on the main road. Have to say, the new place is rather underwhelming. Little more than a railed pitch with an adjacent clubhouse. No hardstanding, no floodlights, no cover. Even the 'sticks' are short! A terrace in front of the clubhouse offers a raised view. Banking at the north end is still bare earth. Harrogate haven't made any official announcement about the timing of the last game at Claro Road and the opener at Rudding Lane. I wouldn't be surprised if Gate see out of the season at the former and start 2015-16 at the latter.


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First game for Harrogate at their new Rudding Park ground will be against National League Two North rivals Luctonians on April 18th (3pm).


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An official announcement has (finally) been made on Harrogate RUFC's website regarding the club's move from Claro Road to Rudding Park, a new ground.

Gate's two outstanding 2014-15 first team home fixtures will be played at neither venue. A Yorkshire Cup semi-final with Wheatley Hills, on April 4th, will be at Wetherby RUFC and the final National League Two North match, against Luctonians on April 18th, will be at Otley RUFC. Both 3pm kick-off.

So, the Rudding Park opener will be at the start of the 2015-16 season. I guess Harrogate may organise a special opening game or it may simply be the first league match. We'll have to see.


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Hereford RUFC's plans to move into a new complex at Hampton Bishop have suffered a set-back, according to a Westfields supporter I was chatting to at the Coleshill Town game on Tuesday, as the lead housing developer has just pulled out of the deal.

Confirmation here:
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I visited Matlock RUFC on 3/10 and flagged up (in WDYG) Cromford Meadows as a possible ground for concern. Worth adding detail - and putting this information in the correct thread.

Matlock, members of Midlands One East (level six), have played at Cromford Meadows since formation in 1928. The first XV pitch, though railed and floodlit, is relatively undeveloped - no cover, no hardstanding. I quote from the Club News section of the match programme: "We are attempting to secure a long-term lease on the Cromford Meadows playing pitches, which will then allow us to obtain grant aid from the RFF. The current situation is that we, as a club, sub-let from Derbyshire County Council education department, on a favour basis. Negotations with the owners of Cromford Meadows, Key Estates, are ongoing but circuitous. We are all hoping the situation can be resolved favourably in the next few months. Once the stability of a long-term lease has been established then the funding sources for a revamped clubhouse, modernised changing rooms etc can be approached with real expectation that things will happen - but not until a long lease is in place."

That, it seems, is the official version. The club photographer told me the new people at the helm of Cromford (Key) Estates are talking about £10,000 annual rent - way beyond the club's limited budget. I suggested it might be a way simply of getting the rugby club off doubtless valuable land, on the fringe of the Peak District National Park, but the photographer felt it unlikely permission would be granted for development of a scenic riverside site. I'd be amazed if it weren't Green Belt. That said, it's likely one of the parties will have to give way if the ground is to survive in its present form.

Public transport users should note Cromford station (on the Matlock branch) is very handy for the rugby ground - can't be more than a 10-minute walk. Not so for the village, mind…


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Whilst watching Luton RU today, I looked at the club noticeboard and saw details of an EGM for later this month to discuss relocation. There were few details other than the fact it had the support of the committee

Luton have only played at the ground 25 years and difficult to see what would be built there as I am sure this is green belt land

Any move does not seem to be imminent


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In the Westcountry's Sunday Independent this week there is a letter from someone at Wells RFC which, in passing, includes the line "We have a ground move to nearby Haybridge in the next 12 to 15 months to look forward to".


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Did Luton issue for the game you went to Mike?
I am planning a trip there this season but probably won't bother if there is no prog. I was under the impression until recently that all clubs at levels 5 and 6 issue, but Wimbledon and Northampton Old Scouts have proved this is not the case.



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There was a prog at Luton, standard RU fare with minimal fresh content but the static pages had interesting club history

You probably knpw but there is a bus to the ground not just from the town but also Hemel


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There was a prog at Luton, standard RU fare with minimal fresh content but the static pages had interesting club history

You probably knpw but there is a bus to the ground not just from the town but also Hemel
Thanks Mike.Hope to get there soon then. I have been to Stockwood Park RUFC for Luton Vipers RL, which is the other side of the park.Will probably walk from Luton station.




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More on Kenilworth which I visited yesterday, these extracts are taken from the programme shell so events may have moved on since they were printed at the start of the season:

From the President:
Off the pitch, it is disappointing to report a further delay to our plans to sell our existing grounds and move to a new complex due to a rejection of the local housing development plan by Government Ministers. It is hoped this will not be a long delay but .......!

From the brief history page:
The club owns the lease on 16 acres of land (affectionately known as 'the Cow Patch' on Glasshouse Lane, remote from the first team pitch and clubhouse. The club was successful in obtaining Lottery money which, together with funds raised by club members, helped create four brand new pitches, one with floodlights, in September 2003. It was always the plan to sell the first XV pitch and clubhouse site and move to this location but it is now almost certain that both of our sites will now be sold and the club is now looking at potential new sites within Kenilworth.


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Old Saltleians RUFC (Midlands 2 West (North)) are apparently going to have to relocate away from their Watton Lane, Water Orton ground, but don't panic to visit it yet awhile - it's going to be obliterated by HS2 and that's presumably still a long way away .... Sly

http://www.oldsaltleians.com/...b-history-30752.html


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Norwich on the move probably in 2017.


http://www.edp24.co.uk/..._developer_1_4322843



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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Saw a feature on French club RACING METRO ahead of today's ERC Cup match v Northampton on Sky Sports and learned they are moving to a new 32000 seat indoor arena in two years time which will double as a concert venue. May well be worth hopping over to Paris to tick their old Colombes stadium, which hosted the 1938 world cup final, before then although it may still be used by a lower league football club after that.


As far as I can see, the new arena in Nanterre is still on course for completion in December 2016, but a piece I saw in the British media at the weekend referred to Racing being at Colombes/Yves du Manoir for the whole of next season.

I went myself at the weekend as I didn't want to miss one of the five stadiums to have held both the Olympics and World Cup Final, and also wanted to mention another historic club/stadium interface which I stumbled upon (though not a threatened ground, as far as I'm aware).

On Sunday I was interested in seeing the 1924 Olympic Velodrome in the Bois de Vincennes, and found that P.U.C. (a long-time senior club in pre-professional days) were setting up for a Federale 2 (Level 4) match against Beauvais. I thought I'd mention it as this is a level I'd not myself thought of looking at fixtures for, and is the sort of thing I might only learn of from this forum. I didn't stay for the match on this occasion, as I had a ticket for PSG handball (which was excellent) but will certainly look out for another chance.
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Blackheath have made the decision to play all first team home matches at Well Hall from the start of 2016/17 for financial reasons. This is currently the club's training ground and also, I believe, the home of Askeans RFC. They also plan to play two trial there towards the end of this season so anybody who wants to tick the historic Rectory Field I recommend doing so ASAP as I now plan to do today for the visit of Esher - 3rd v 4th in National League One.
http://blackheathrugby.co.uk/...ve-satement-9-12-15/


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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT CONCERNING 1ST XV RUGBY AT WELL HALL
(taken from Saturday's programme)

Circumstances at Rectory Field mean we have continually been looking at how we can improve the infrastructure at Blackheath FC in order to give ourselves the financial sustainability and commercial capability that any club needs to ensure, and secure, a successful long term future.

Ongoing dialogue between BFC and BSC has resulted in no indications that the Sports Club would acquiesce to our basic request for all, or a large majority of, the bar takings on match days at Rectory Field. The income is every club's life blood; without it we cannot continue to run as a successful club at National 1, or even Championship - a level to which we aspire. A sizeable majority agreed after the last AGM that we should seek Championship rugby - why else are we playing? If we did get promoted then Rectory Field creates more difficulties because cricket needs it ideally, at the end of April and the first week of September has always been unavailable for the club.

Recent improvements and developments at Well Hall mean we have a viable alternative site which will, with further achievable improvements, meet all NCA and RFU ground requirements. The intransigence of the BSC has made consideration of this move to Well Hall more of a reality - perhaps inevitable - and as a result we plan to trial at least one home game at Well Hall at the end of this season.

If, for some unforeseen reason, Well Hall does not work we still have the Rectory Field which cannot be sold for housing. Regardless of other matters, Rectory Field will still hosts our Men's, Women's and Age Group sides - who knows, if the financial climate changes, the 1st XV could come back in years ahead.

BFC continues to operate at a loss primarily reflecting the loss of donors in 2012/13. Despite our best efforts we have not been able to replace this revenue using the Rectory Field facility.

One underlying constant requirement for all of the sections is that BFC operates profitably and the financial records clearly show this has not been the case and continuing to play first team rugby at Rectory Field will not allow us to achieve the latent profitability needed for the stability of BFC.

Rakesh Chhabra (Treasurer BFC) 11.12.15


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London Welsh and London Scottish are considering joining the Pro-12 possibly for next season. This according to the article in the Rugby Paper would mean a groundshare with a football club. Brentford and Fulham were mentioned.
London Scottish share with Richmond so that ground will definitely see 1st XV rugby next season but London Welsh's nearby Old Deer Park ground may not. The club have only just moved back there after sharing at Oxford United.
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Blackheath have made the decision to play all first team home matches at Well Hall from the start of 2016/17 for financial reasons. This is currently the club's training ground and also, I believe, the home of Askeans RFC. They also plan to play two trial there towards the end of this season so anybody who wants to tick the historic Rectory Field I recommend doing so ASAP as I now plan to do today for the visit of Esher - 3rd v 4th in National League One.
http://blackheathrugby.co.uk/...ve-satement-9-12-15/


This is that same pitch that was once home to Thames Polytechnic FC in the Kent League and the same stand, albeit spruced up a bit, is still there.


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Did Luton issue for the game you went to Mike?
I am planning a trip there this season but probably won't bother if there is no prog. I was under the impression until recently that all clubs at levels 5 and 6 issue, but Wimbledon and Northampton Old Scouts have proved this is not the case.

Add Market Rasen & Louth (Midlands One East) and Syston (National League Three Midlands) to the list of levels five and six non-issuers.


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Blackheath have made the decision to play all first team home matches at Well Hall from the start of 2016/17 for financial reasons. This is currently the club's training ground and also, I believe, the home of Askeans RFC. They also plan to play two trial there towards the end of this season so anybody who wants to tick the historic Rectory Field I recommend doing so ASAP as I now plan to do today for the visit of Esher - 3rd v 4th in National League One.
http://blackheathrugby.co.uk/...ve-satement-9-12-15/

I've been in touch with Blackheath and they say NO trial games will be staged at Well Hall before the end of the season. There isn't, they explain, any point because stands at Well Hall are to be erected during the summer. It means the club's three remaining home league matches - Hull Ionians (April 2), Coventry (April 16) and Blaydon (April 30) - will all take place at Rectory Field.


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Camborne's iconic Recreation Ground is under threat with owners Cornwall County Council refusing to sell the pitch to the club or transfer over the lease to Camborne Town Council. A petition to save the Rec has so far received over 1,000 signatures.
http://www.westbriton.co.uk/...84-detail/story.html
I'm planning to see Camborne clinch the South West One West title at Wells today where I also hope to find out the latest on Wells' own plans to relocate to Haybridge in 2017.


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This Saturday's Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North second place decider between Melksham and Corsham looks set to be Melksham's last match at their Market Place ground, which is behind Melksham Town FC's Conigre ground - both club's moving to the new site east of the town next season. Melksham need a bonus point win in this game to overhaul their visitors and take what should be a promotion place. Photo's of progress on the new rugby ground can be found on their website.
http://www.melkshamrfc.co.uk/...w-ground-642961.html


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Work on an £11m new ground for Kendal begins on Monday (June 20th), reports the Westmorland Gazette. The site, at Mill Field, close to the club's present Mint Bridge home on Shap Road (the A6), will feature state of the art training facilities. Mint Bridge is to become a Sainsbury's store, scheduled to open in 2018.


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Work on an £11m new ground for Kendal begins on Monday (June 20th), reports the Westmorland Gazette. The site, at Mill Field, close to the club's present Mint Bridge home on Shap Road (the A6), will feature state of the art training facilities. Mint Bridge is to become a Sainsbury's store, scheduled to open in 2018.


That's an expensive project for a level 6 side.



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Work on an £11m new ground for Kendal begins on Monday (June 20th), reports the Westmorland Gazette. The site, at Mill Field, close to the club's present Mint Bridge home on Shap Road (the A6), will feature state of the art training facilities. Mint Bridge is to become a Sainsbury's store, scheduled to open in 2018.


That's an expensive project for a level 6 side.

Had cause to drive through Kendal today, and went for a look at Mill Field, site of Kendal's new ground. At the moment, it's a huge piece of scraped earth. No foundations, no structures and no turf. It's a quarter of a mile north, on the right, along Shap Road (the A6) from the club's present Mint Bridge ground. Will be a more scenic setting because high ground rises to the east. Mint Bridge may have a wonderful barrel roofed grandstand but, with a backdrop of industrial buildings and chimneys, I've always felt its location is rubbish. Hardly brings Lakeland to mind. Woman at the club told me the new place will be ready in six months. Might be a stretch, especially if winter arrives early.


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Latest on construction progress at Kendal's new ground:

http://www.kendalrugby.co.uk/...board-2-1694685.html


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It looks as though Kendal will see out the 2016-17 season at Mint Bridge. Latest update on their new complex, a few hundred yards further north along Shap Road (the A6), states the date of "practical completion" is May 19.

http://www.kendalrugby.co.uk/...-update-1710166.html


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In France, Lyon Olympique played the last match at their Matmud Stadium on 30th December - a 19-16 win over Bordeaux-Begles. They will be now moving to the Stade Gerland, former home of the city's football team.


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Hornets (National League 3 South-West) and Aylesbury (Southern Counties North) have both just installed new 3G pitches. Not sure if either are in the same place as their original 1st XV pitches, if not they were presumably playing on their 2nd pitches in the first half of this season. Weston-Super-Mare based Hornets' new pitch is next to the entrance, while it was being built they were using the pitch behind where the clubhouse is situated in the corner. Aylesbury are at home to Beaconsfield (3rd v 5th) this coming Saturday when, given weather forecast, 3G options may need to be considered.


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Melksham play the first match at their new Oakfields ground this Saturday 14th January vs Bradford-on-Avon in Dorset & Wilts 1 North, kick-off is 2:15pm. I believe the new rugby ground is next to the new football ground where Melksham Town are also playing their first competitive match at their new home.


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Melksham play the first match at their new Oakfields ground this Saturday 14th January vs Bradford-on-Avon in Dorset & Wilts 1 North, kick-off is 2:15pm. I believe the new rugby ground is next to the new football ground where Melksham Town are also playing their first competitive match at their new home.


Already Tweets about parking problems on Saturday due to both being at home.


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Harlow (London 3 North East) are moving at the end of this steason to a new ground at Laddon Farm off Second Avenue (A1025). They only have three home games left to play at their old ground, Ram Gorse, which many will have passed walking from the station to the football ground as they are both on Elizabeth Way. All 2pm kick-off's, those games are:
11th February vs Basildon
4th March vs Ilford Wanderers
25th March vs Lowestoft & Yarmouth
http://www.harlowstar.co.uk/...54-detail/story.html


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Latest on Kendal's new ground (the excerpt details the timetable for leaving Mint Bridge):

"Completion of the new site – end of June; our move from Mint Bridge - end of July; first game at the ‘new’ Mint Bridge at start of the season in September. We shall play any warm-up games in August as ‘away’ fixtures."

http://www.kendalrugby.co.uk/...lopment-1754117.html


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Canterbury of the National League Division 2 South are planning to move from Merton Lane North to a new purpose built ground at Highland Court
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Esher have submitted representations to Elmbridge council (under their Local Plan consultation) to sell their current site for housing, and to move to land immediately north of there, creating two 4G synthetic pitches and a combined clubhouse & stand.

The council are anticipated to report back by the end of the summer.

http://www.esherrugby.com/...an.html#.WOpuk9Tys1I


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The University has bought Bishopston RU too, and Ashley Down Old Boys RU and football nearby. Current state seems to be Bishopston will be moved back a bit and rotated but the Dings site goes for housing in 2 years time. Meanwhile some university sport is being played at Dings (I hope to watching an RL fixture on one of the outside pitches next Wed 2pm - weather permitting). I get frequent updates as Mrs Ciderjon works there, also on the Bristol Rovers new ground project as the University owns that too!

Dings Crusaders plan to leave Landseer Avenue, home since 1948, in mid-November. Three South West Premier games remain to be played there: versus Newton Abbot (30/9), Bracknell (24/10) and Camborne (4/11). The two outside pitches and training pitch, buried beneath new houses built by Redrow Homes, have gone already. Dings are off to Frenchay, a state-of-the-art £8m site on green belt land, two miles to the north-east. Having spoken to a few people at Dings yesterday (16/9), including a chap who played for the club back in the Fifties, the mood appears to be excitement at obtaining top-class facilities, tempered with regret over leaving an HQ only too clearly regarded with great affection.


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South Shields Westoe posted a link last week to a Shields Gazette article regarding plans to move cricket, rugby and tennis clubs from their current Wood Terrace home to Temple Memorial Park, a mile or two to the south.

No timescale is mentioned, but the article states that planning applications both for the new site and for housing development on the current ground are expected soon, with South Tyneside Council having already agreed Heads of Terms with the club for lease of the land.

www.shieldsgazette.com/news/plans-due-for-new-sports-hub-with-rugby-club-tennis-courts-and-cricket-pitches-at-south-shields-park-1-8774053


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Dings Crusaders plan to leave Landseer Avenue, home since 1948, in mid-November. Three South West Premier games remain to be played there: versus Newton Abbot (30/9), Bracknell (24/10) and Camborne (4/11). The two outside pitches and training pitch, buried beneath new houses built by Redrow Homes, have gone already. Dings are off to Frenchay, a state-of-the-art £8m site on green belt land, two miles to the north-east. Having spoken to a few people at Dings yesterday (16/9), including a chap who played for the club back in the Fifties, the mood appears to be excitement at obtaining top-class facilities, tempered with regret over leaving an HQ only too clearly regarded with great affection.

Still no mention on Dings' website on when their first match at the new Shaftesbury Park ground will be. I think it's safe to assume their three remaining home matches this year - versus Newbury (25/11), Exmouth (2/12) and Hornets (16/12) - will all be at Landseer Avenue which is still listed as their address.


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An interview with Dings Crusaders chairman in today's Rugby Paper states that their opening game at their new ground will be against Brixham on 13/1/18. It also mentions that the pitch will be a 3G surface.


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Peel Croft - Burton RFC. I don't buy the local paper but have been told that a couple of months ago they reported that planning permission had gone through for the building of shops at Peel Croft. And that ground works had started at the new ground. Seems there is a chance that this could be the last season of rugby there. And the developers hope that Peel Croft might be redeveloped in time for opening by Xmas 2018!


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Quite a low level, I accept but looking at backups for Kent Football United tomorrow, I checked the venue for Dartford Valley. This appears to be at the back of Dartford FC albeit entered from Green Street
However the website suggests they have permission to develop land at Cotton Lane, Stone


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Looking for something local tomorrow and checked Old Saltleians at Water Orton
There ground is not only under the proposed route of HS2 but likely to be the base for preparatory works so they are likely to be off the ground at the end of the season
I would think the fixture is touch and go but they can be contacted on 0121 748 3380. The pitches are fairly open so overnight frost may clear




Also noted Kenilworth were planning to move to their second site nearby but are now looking to relocate completely. Timescale seems much longer


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More on Kenilworth which I visited yesterday, these extracts are taken from the programme shell so events may have moved on since they were printed at the start of the season:

From the President:
Off the pitch, it is disappointing to report a further delay to our plans to sell our existing grounds and move to a new complex due to a rejection of the local housing development plan by Government Ministers. It is hoped this will not be a long delay but .......!

From the brief history page:
The club owns the lease on 16 acres of land (affectionately known as 'the Cow Patch' on Glasshouse Lane, remote from the first team pitch and clubhouse. The club was successful in obtaining Lottery money which, together with funds raised by club members, helped create four brand new pitches, one with floodlights, in September 2003. It was always the plan to sell the first XV pitch and clubhouse site and move to this location but it is now almost certain that both of our sites will now be sold and the club is now looking at potential new sites within Kenilworth.

Having been to Kenilworth's Jack Davies Memorial Ground, on Glasshouse Lane, today (6/1/18), I can update this. Had a brief half-time chat with a chap who turned out to be club chairman Peter Blakeman. He said it will be four years before Kenilworth move into their new facilities, to be constructed at a site near Bullimore Wood, close to the A452 (Leamington Road) junction of the A46. Peter confirmed both existing Glasshouse Lane sites (one the first XV ground, the other a set of bare pitches) are to be sold to a housing developer. The deal hasn't yet gone through. A total of 770 houses will go up on the two plots. Quite a sum for Kenilworth to spend on what Peter expects will be hugely impressive new facilities near Bullimore Wood. Come 2020, the developer will be expected to allow Kenilworth's various teams to play on at the Glasshouse Lane sites for a further two years. It will allow time for the new ground to be constructed and the associated lesser pitches to be laid out.


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Wimborne RFC (and Wimborne Town FC):

It is in the current local district plan to relocate both clubs to a new facility to be developed on the eastern edge of the town between the B3073 and the A31 Bypass.

This has apparently been on the cards for a number of years (the link dates from 2010), but recent "news items" on the rugby club's Pitchero website indicate that things are slowly beginning to happen at planning level. A Ground for Concern, therefore, but not anytime soon, I suspect.

https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/...et_News_pull_out.pdf

The new location is "WMC5" on the map.


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I am sure we have heard this before, but Sale Sharks are threatening that they will leave Salford if they are not allowed to buy the ground and depart for a new ground in Trafford or Alderley Edge.

I think this just a bargaining chip in negotiations anyway, but I can't imagine a site in Alderley Edge (a strangely precise location) unless you build a stadium on top of the cricket ground. In Trafford, Altrincham did explore possible venues for a new ground 15 years ago with the aid of a then secret bond from McAlpines. There was a possible site near the Trafford Centre which was quickly rejected as being too far away, but that was it. I suppose, if it's still a possibility, Sale could say it's more convenient than the spectacularly inaccessible AJ Bell Stadium.



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I am sure we have heard this before, but Sale Sharks are threatening that they will leave Salford if they are not allowed to buy the ground and depart for a new ground in Trafford or Alderley Edge.

I think this just a bargaining chip in negotiations anyway, but I can't imagine a site in Alderley Edge (a strangely precise location) unless you build a stadium on top of the cricket ground. In Trafford, Altrincham did explore possible venues for a new ground 15 years ago with the aid of a then secret bond from McAlpines. There was a possible site near the Trafford Centre which was quickly rejected as being too far away, but that was it. I suppose, if it's still a possibility, Sale could say it's more convenient than the spectacularly inaccessible AJ Bell Stadium.



http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/...s-says-club-14121551

The new board at Salford Red Devils are also making noises about buying the ground but I can't see that happening any time soon.

Haven't Sale also intimated about the possibility of a return to Edgeley Park?


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An interview with Dings Crusaders chairman in today's Rugby Paper states that their opening game at their new ground will be against Brixham on 13/1/18. It also mentions that the pitch will be a 3G surface.

According to a tweet on Brixham's website this match will be a 3pm kick off at the original club. So anybody yet to visit Landseer Avenue has one last oppotunity to do so.


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According to Dings Crusaders' Pitchero site, tomorrow's match vs Bournemouth will definitely be the last league game at Landseer Avenue. Had to go on Bournemouth's site to find the kick-off time (3pm).
http://www.pitchero.com/...ely-thi-2160491.html

So assuming the new ground is ready the first match at Shaftesbury Park will be the visit of Weston-Super-Mare on 17th February.


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Confirmation Dings Crusaders play the first match at their new ground today, KO 3pm. Directions on website.
http://www.pitchero.com/...7th-feb-2183652.html


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Assuming their new ground is ready in time for the start of next season, Wymondham (London 3 Eastern Counties, L8) have just one home league game left at the Foster Harrison Memorial Field, and this takes place next Saturday 10th March vs Woodbridge (1500). Their remaining three games are all away. Ground is off Tuttles Lane, the B1165, on the northern edge of town. This match can be doubled with Norfolk v Gloucestershire FA County Youth Cup Semi-Final at the FDC, which kicks off at 1130.


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Assuming their new ground is ready in time for the start of next season, Wymondham (London 3 Eastern Counties, L8) have just one home league game left at the Foster Harrison Memorial Field, and this takes place next Saturday 10th March vs Woodbridge (1500). Their remaining three games are all away. Ground is off Tuttles Lane, the B1165, on the northern edge of town. This match can be doubled with Norfolk v Gloucestershire FA County Youth Cup Semi-Final at the FDC, which kicks off at 1130.


As I understand it this will be the last 1st XV league game at the ground, their last fixture v Lowestoft & Yarmouth is off on 7th April as the visitors have accepted voluntary relegation.

As for the other local rugby union move, Norwich appear to have a while to wait yet. Not sure on exact state of play, but am aware not action what so ever has occured at new site.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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As for the other local rugby union move, Norwich appear to have a while to wait yet. Not sure on exact state of play, but am aware no action what so ever has occured at new site.

From the Chairmans Message on Norwich's website:

'Our relocation plans are still live but have stalled. Whilst we have achieved a planning consent at Colney Lane we will not progress further until we know we can secure the best outcome for the club. With that in mind we have at least a couple of seasons to go at Beeston Hyrne and it is incumbent on us all to ensure we continue to move forwards in that period and are not distracted in our desire to progress'.

Now that I don't have to rush to their final home league game this coming Saturday I can instead attend the far more appealing top two clash in London 1 North - Chingford v Brentwood (99 points each).Cool


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Otley plan to sell their Cross Green ground to a housing developer. It will become retirement flats. The National League Two (North) club are to relocate to a site further along the A659, in the Pool direction. The land earmarked is close to the existing grounds of Otley Town FC and Old Otliensians RUFC. Learned this afternoon from spectators at Otley Cricket Club, whose ground is adjacent to Otley RUFC. No timetable has been fixed.


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Otley plan to sell their Cross Green ground to a housing developer. It will become retirement flats. The National League Two (North) club are to relocate to a site further along the A659, in the Pool direction. The land earmarked is close to the existing grounds of Otley Town FC and Old Otliensians RUFC. Learned this afternoon from spectators at Otley Cricket Club, whose ground is adjacent to Otley RUFC. No timetable has been fixed.

To add some flesh to the bones above: the site for Otley's new ground is alongside the pitches (that's pretty much all they are) used by Otley Town FC and Old Otliensians RUFC, and across the A659 (Pool road) from 600 houses about to be built. The land lies east of the proposed East of Otley relief road (central Otley is a hideous traffic bottleneck), which will connect the A659 with the A660 (Leeds road). It is green belt but Otley are confident they'll get it past planners using the exceptional circumstances clause. Otley hope to have nine pitches (Cross Green has just one) at the new site. Three will be adult size, with one (the second XV pitch) 4G. Estimated cost is up to £4m. Retirement developer McCarthy & Stone is buying six-acre Cross Green, Otley's home since 1921. Cross Green will become an "assisted living complex" (what a fabulous example of silly jargon). An overwhelming majority of Otley members voted for the sell-off and relocation. No word on timescale but it needs to happen soon because the prospect of £6m funding, awarded to Leeds City Council, for the relief road could be withdrawn if the project isn't moved along quickly.


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This is presumably the ground where the North beat the All Blacks back in the day in front of the proverbial packed house?

If so I must put away my prejudices for a day and visit to pay respects.


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Between 7,000 and 8,000 were shoehorned into Cross Green for a match everyone seemed to sense would be special. According to Smith, who confessed himself 'shit scared' by the Haka, Cotton walked past during its performance and said: 'Look at the big poofs dancing.' To which a Smith replied: 'Frannie. Will you keep your voice down. They might hear you.' All Smith could remember of Beaumont's final team talk in the sardine tin-sized dressing room was: 'We've lost the toss and they have decided to kick off. So for the first five minutes ignore the ball



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This is presumably the ground where the North beat the All Blacks back in the day in front of the proverbial packed house?

If so I must put away my prejudices for a day and visit to pay respects.

Yes, that's right. A ground that's interesting enough to make worthwhile watching 80 minutes of rugby union. These days, for most Otley matches, about 300 flock to Cross Green.


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Newport (Salop) are looking to raise £100,000 by August 2019 to secure their long-term future at the Old Showground, the Midland Premier club's home since 1981. If the target is reached, the RFU has agreed to lend Port an additional £100,000. The club's landlord, a group of farmers, is keen to sell the site to a housing developer, and presumably make a small fortune in the process. If the club hand over £200,000 by next year's deadline, the farmers will grant them a 99-year lease. Port plan a number of fundraising ventures during the coming months, and are also asking for donations.


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More on Otley from today's Rugby Paper:

Otley RUFC are in discussions with West Park Leeds and Ilkley Rugby Clubs about a temporary groundshare agreement after the sale of Cross Green went through last month, subject to planning permission, for an undisclosed figure.

Property magnate McCarthy & Stone have acquired Cross Green with a view to building a retirement village on the land. Ultimately, the plan is for the club to relocate to land on the east of the proposed East of Otley relief road, alongside Old Otliensians RUFC and Otley Town Football Club.

But even if the five inter linked planning applications go through smoothly, the rugby club will need to play elsewhere for at least a year.

Otley have to vacate Cross Green by January 2020 and the new premises, which it is hoped will include a new clubhouse, a 200-seat stand and terracing as well as at least nine pitches, will not be ready to use before the start of the following year.

Otley chairman Paul Mackie said: "We'll have a year of nomadic rugby and we're in negotiations with two willing local parties to play all our first team games there and also our junior and second team games. We haven't got signed agreements yet, but they are not far away."


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South Shields Westoe posted a link last week to a Shields Gazette article regarding plans to move cricket, rugby and tennis clubs from their current Wood Terrace home to Temple Memorial Park, a mile or two to the south.

No timescale is mentioned, but the article states that planning applications both for the new site and for housing development on the current ground are expected soon, with South Tyneside Council having already agreed Heads of Terms with the club for lease of the land.

www.shieldsgazette.com/news/plans-due-for-new-sports-hub-with-rugby-club-tennis-courts-and-cricket-pitches-at-south-shields-park-1-8774053


As per my Where Did You Go post, plans now withdrawn, and club considering their options. I get the impression they still want to move if they can find a suitable location.



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Passing by on the train last week, I noted substantial progress has been made on Stafford's new ground.

Anyone wanting to visit their old ground probably needs to do so before the end of this season.


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Ayr are to leave Millbrae within two years. The two-pitch Alloway venue, home to the Ayr club since 1965, is being sold to a housing developer. Subject to rubber-stamping by South Ayrshire Council, Ayr are moving back into town, to Dam Stadium, one of four venues at which they have played previously. The existing Dam Stadium, a fairly cheerless athletics track, will be demolished and a new stadium - with training facilities and a plastic pitch, to act also as a rugby union hub for the Ayr district - built on the site. Apparently, the Scottish Rugby Union is chipping in a substantial amount.


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Passing by on the train last week, I noted substantial progress has been made on Stafford's new ground.

Anyone wanting to visit their old ground probably needs to do so before the end of this season.

It looks as if the match this Saturday 6th April vs Newcastle (Staffs) is the final game at the County Ground, at least for the 1st XV. Also a vital game for the hosts who are 3 points adrift of safety in Midlands 2 West North. Kick off is 3pm, ground well worth ticking as it has a nice old wooden stand.

 
 


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