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cherryhopper
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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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cherryhopper
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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


cherryhopper
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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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cherryhopper
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Oct 18, 2014, 1:01 PM

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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.


Feversham Lens
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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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Mike S
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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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