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nico
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To my shame I only did one match there, a Saturday morning Northern Intermediate League game, although I went past many times afterwards. It was on a plateau next to the pub and you entered via a steep driveway to the left of the pub as you looked from the street.

Paid a nominal sum to get in but no paper. The only player I can remember was Ian Holmes who had greater success at York in later years. Had a fence and advertising hoardings along the Myrtle Road side. Can't remember if there was any cover but definitely no seats.

You are correct that there were floodlights but for various reasons I missed out on midweek games, which always seemed to fall victim to the weather whenever I made efforts to go.

It was on the left hand side coming from Norfolk Park, before the bend in the road. Looking on Google Earth there seems to be a side road with a large area of grass running along Myrtle Road which I assume was the location. No sign of the pub though.


Ball Inn pub still showing on Street View, bang opposite junction with Thornborough Road, although could well be closed/demolished by now? The location of the entrance to the ground (driveway) can still be ascertained if you look closely at the pavement to the left of the pub! Blush I believe the ground was built on in the early 2000's (Myrtle Close/Drive/Crescent).



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...but Staveley Works played on their own ground at Handley Wood in Barrow Hill. It was very close to the now railway museum. Other things I recall were you had to go down a steep embankment, with steps to help, to get to the pitch from the entrance and there was a huge cinder track next to it which as a kid I hoped would be used for long track speedway one day. Looking at Google Earth there is no sign of the venue although a golf driving range retains the Handley Wood name.

Phil, the golf driving range sits pretty much where the pitch was, although whereas the range runs roughly south/north the pitch ran roughly west/east. They obviously moved a lot of earth around to create the current layout. Up until fairly recently a solitary old floodlight pylon sat forlornly rusting away in the north-east corner (near to the house) but has since been removed.


Found a decent image (from 1952) that shows the cinder track you mention...
http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/eaw044348 ...and it looks like the S.W. sports ground is a fairly new construction when the photo was taken. Didn't know it had 3 bowling greens! By the way, some people think that the old 'Blue Fly' football pitch on Campbell Drive was the former ground of Staveley Works FC... but it wasn't! Wink



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nico
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I often go on that forum and even did an Heeley search. Never thought of posing the question myself, doh!!!
The moral is never trust a telephone operator and adds fuel to the fire of my rational dislike of the 118 ads.
Maybe clutching at straws but my childhood dealings were around 10 years earlier so did they move. Certainly is a distance from the Tram to Din'ton.


It's amazing what you can find out if you just ask...
Went to SLA versus WW at Worksop last night and an old friend from Sheffield was there. I asked him if he ever watched non-league football in the 60's & 70's in Sheffield, particularly Heeley Amateurs. He said he used to watch 'Club' and Norton Woodseats, but not Heeley and didn't know where they played. Unbelievably, the old guy sat next to me on the other side said... "I've been a linesman at Heeley Amateurs back in the 60's - they played at Inkersall Road, Staveley - where the present Staveley Miners Welfare play"!!! Shocked



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Jan 29, 2015, 1:13 PM

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Did a few N.I. games at Ball Inn in my youth, can't remember if it had floodlights though.

Remember running around Hillsborough Park track myself but never saw a footie game there until it was modernised. Seen a few Hillsborough Hawks games in the summer, great venue when bar is open.
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Was, to be polite, not the best of track surfaces but it seemed better than the school track, which was literally marked over the football pitches with ruts all over as a result. After "retiring" and heading south I went to a match at the Military stadium in Aldershot and afterwards had a walk on their new (at the time) "tartan" track. With nobody looking I decided to do a lap and literally flew wearing my street gear and having not trained for years. If only we'd had that at Hillsborough.

Sadly whenever I head to Sheffield the Hawks never seem to have a home game but I was a regular at their away matches down south when they started.



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Loads of stuff to reflect on Nick. Appreciate the updates.


In my collection I have a programme from Ash House when I took in a game at Meadowhead. More of a doorstop but among the very interesting stuff was their equivalent of the Sheffield "grounds for concern" thread on here. They referred to several local grounds which seemed to be on borrowed time. Apart from Owlerton, which to my relief is still in use and with even better facilities (other than the lack of seating), the only other one I can recall in the article is the Ball Inn. There was at least one photo of the ground accompanying the article so if I ever get a free week I'll look it out and do a scan for here.


Love the coincidence theory kicking in again. Incredible about the Heeley linesman. I was at least correct that they had moved but again Inkersall Road is hardly on the doorstep, so would never have thought that. My partner's boss came in to work one day; he lives about 80 miles away and told her he had met a couple of nice guys going to watch their team play his on the train home. They had such a great chat they exchanged details. It turned out they were a couple of friends of mine, who my partner obviously knew and stunned her boss by giving their names to him. So coincidence one there. He was then on Mastermind answering questions related to WW1, which was his interest. Following this it was then established that he had been a neighbour of my friends grandfather who had given him his father's WW1 medals owing to his interest. On discovering this he gave them to my friend so that family now have the great grandfather's wartime medals. Nobody involved lives within 100 miles of the village where they were neighbours now.


Two incredible coincidences for the price of one there. The third is that the match they were attending was postponed twice so it was only a very late rearrangement which led to them being on the same train with all the links. One for the general discussion thread methinks.


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Does anyone know if any adult football is still played at Station Road, Wombwell (now known as Wombwell Recreation Ground)? It's one of the few former YL/NCEL venues I haven't seen a game at... and I'm not aware of any team using it at the moment. Unsure


As I was passing though Wombwell yesterday, I popped into the Rec to take some pictures. The covered terracing is still in reasonable condition and the floodlights are also still in situ and look as though they may be in working order. A woman there, running some sort of athletics activity for children, told me that "Hoyland Falcons" use the ground sometimes but the grass, which was indeed on the long side, could not be cut recently due to the wet weather.


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Does anyone know if any adult football is still played at Station Road, Wombwell (now known as Wombwell Recreation Ground)? It's one of the few former YL/NCEL venues I haven't seen a game at... and I'm not aware of any team using it at the moment. Unsure


As I was passing though Wombwell yesterday, I popped into the Rec to take some pictures. The covered terracing is still in reasonable condition and the floodlights are also still in situ and look as though they may be in working order. A woman there, running some sort of athletics activity for children, told me that "Hoyland Falcons" use the ground sometimes but the grass, which was indeed on the long side, could not be cut recently due to the wet weather.


Thanks for the reply Mick.
Funnily enough, I took some pictures at the Rec back in December... https://twitter.com/...s/673837641264177152 ...at a Hoyland Common Falcons game! Wink



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Apr 21, 2016, 1:18 AM

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...Brook Motors who are still in the Huddersfield & District Lge but don't play in Brockholes anymore at the overgrown ground that used to have a stand. Just found a photo of it, what a shame...




Brook Motors' old stand is actually still there - but it's not looking too good these days...





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