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Attenborough 

Est. 1946

Venue

The Village Green, The Strand, Attenborough Tel: 0115 9257439 

Ground Capacity

 

Home Strip

 Away Strip

Seating  -

Record Attendance

 
Who are ya? Boro
What Division are you in? Nottinghamshire Senior League - Senior Division
Websites http://attenboroughfc.intheteam.com

 

You must have come in a taxi

From Nottingham - Follow A5005 (Beeston, Long Eaton) out of town along Castle Boulevard 1.8 miles. At junction with A52 Dunkirk flyover, continue straight over on A5005 along University Boulevard. At next roundabout, turn left, continuing on the A5005. After 2.3 miles, turn left into Attenborough Lane (signposted Attenborough Station). *Go over the railway crossing and bear right, then immediately  left into The Strand. Continue round until you reach the car park & entrance to the ground on your RHS.

From M1 - Depart at Jnc 25, joining the A52 towards Nottm. At roundabout after 1.3 miles, turn right onto B6003 Stapleford Lane. After 1.4 miles, turn left onto the A5005 Nottingham Road. After 0.8 miles, turn left at traffic lights into Attenborough Lane (signposted Attenborough Station). Then * as from Nottm.

    NottsDerby No.17 runs an infrequent service from Nottm Old Market Square, via Beeston, into the village. A more reliable alternative is to disembark from the regular TrentBarton Rainbow 5 (Long Eaton Green - Nottm Broadmarsh) on Nottm road, and then take the pleasant stroll through the village, down to the ground. 

                        

 

 Attenborough - 260 yrds. Served occasionally by the Midland Mainline London services

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My garden shed is bigger than this

Travel the length and breadth of Nottinghamshire and you will struggle to find a more tranquil, elegant setting for a football ground than that of Attenborough Football Club's.

To the north, the spire abreast of St.Mary's Church, dating back to 1042, peers over the pitch, whilst the fine and costly abodes on the Strand offer a splendid backdrop with a range of beautiful architecture on offer on this peaceful country lane. However, it is to the south where the location really comes into its own. Just behind the goal is the edge of Attenborough Nature Reserve, 360 acres of marshland on a vital migration route inhabited by a multitude of diverse creatures.

Whilst the scenery is second to none, and I'd encourage everyone not to incorporate a have a stroll around the neighbouring nature reserve on their visit, the story of this long established football team is less rosy. Established in 1946, very little is known about the first 30 years of Attenborough's existence as a football club. Their first serious move to make an impact on the local football circuit was in 1976, when they joined the Midland League. In 1983, they became founder members of the Central Midlands League. They competed at this level for the next nine years, but were relegated to the Notts Alliance in 1992. In 2004, they became founder members of the NSL.

That is all we know. Still, the Club clearly have ambitions, judging by the facilities they share here with the village cricket team. The first item you notice is the smart welcome sign as you enter the car park. The old sign is still tucked round the other side of the wall, perhaps for sentimental value. The Club house is entirely fitting for the surroundings. More of a pavilion than a clubhouse, with the cricket scoreboard neatly encased within the structure, they serves adequate hot & cold snacks, and drinks, on matchdays. Outside is a covered porch area with benches provided. However, you'll need your binoculars if you want to view the action on the football pitch, which is quite some distance away.

There is only one pitchside feature of note, this being the dugout on the halfway line. Partitioned in the centre, this is a small, red brick built construction with hard standing on wither side. Credit goes to the Club for the added extras of painting the front white, and carefully adding the Club name on the fascia. Also on this side of the pitch are the cricket club's practice nets.

A sentimental touch has been added around the north perimeter of the Village Green with a number of different wooden benches installed in memory of local residents, who no doubt enjoyed frequenting this part of the village.

The pitch is sectioned off on matchdays only by temporary stakes and rope. Prior to 1929, Attenborough village was surrounded by wet grassland and willow beds, which were prone to flooding in most years. Flooding enriched the grassland with mineral rich silt deposits and beneath the topsoil lay valuable deposits of sand and gravel which were deposited when glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age. Extraction of these deposits of sand and gravel began in 1929, leaving a bare landscape. The importance of all this? Well whilst it laid the foundations for the Nature Reserve to be established in 1966, the Village Green pitch has a habit of turning into something of a quad mire. Do not wear your best shoes.

Future Plans

None disclosed.

 

Additional Photography

                 

                                       

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Christopher Rooney - permission required for photo & text usage

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