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Bilborough Town

Est.2007

Venue

Bilborough College, College Way, Bilborough, Nottingham Tel: 0115 9167027

Ground Capacity

 

Home Strip

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Record Attendance

 
Who are ya? Boro
What Division are you in? Nottinghamshire Senior League Division One
Websites  www.bilboroughtownfc.co.uk

 

 

You must have come in a taxi

From Nottingham - Head out of the City centre on Derby Road via Canning Circus Roundabout. Take the A610 Alfreton Road for 1.3 miles. Passing over bobbers Mill Bridge, turn left at traffic lights onto Aspley Lane B690. At the 2nd roundabout take the 2nd exit, continuing on the A610. At next roundabout, take the first exit. very shoprtly after,  take the 2nd exit on the adjioing roundabout onto the B6004. After 0.8 miles, turn left at traffic lights onto Bilborough Road A6002. At roundbaout, turn left onto College Way. Turn right into the college car park, and turn right again to park near the sports hall. A path leads down to the ground.
 
From M1 - Leave Jnc.26 and turn left onto the A610 towards Nottingham. After 0.5 miles take the fifth exit onto A6002 Bilborough Road (signposted Stapleford). At 2nd roundabout after 1.9 miles, turn left onto College Way. Turn right into the college car park, and turn right again to park near the sports hall. A path leads down to the ground.
 

   Nottingham City Transport - No.28 (Nottm Victoria Centre - Bilborough) Disembark just before the roundabout on Bracebrigde Drive . Walk north up Hanslope Crescent before turning up the pathway on your LHS onto Bilborough College playing fields.  

  Nottingham - 4 miles

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My garden shed is bigger than this

It is perhaps befitting that one of the counties newest Saturday football club's is located at one of the counties newest educational facilities, Bilborough College. Renovated in 2005 at a cost of 23m, the college's space-age design has won it a host of awards. The football team which graces its field hope to do likewise.

Bilborough Town was formed thanks partly to a Father & Son's ambition to try and run a football club of their own and partly to bring a decent standard of competitive football back to Bilborough. Colin & Steve Lee had previously ran the 3rd team for NAA side, Vernon Villa's. However, Colin had played previously for a previous Bilborough club, and was keen to see a local club prosper again. As a result, Bilborough Town were born.

A link up with the college's academy ensured that Boro had a home. On the pitch Boro announced their intentions to improve the standards of football by joining the Notts Senior League in 2008/09 following frantic efforts to have their pitch ready in time for the start of the season.

What really strikes you, even before you've reached the venue, is how new everything is in the area. A new roundabout to guides you towards the complex onto a new entrance road, besides a new housing estate, where you'll find new college buildings, new bike sheds, a new car park etc. etc. etc.

It's fair to say that the appearance of the off field facilities at Bilborough College are as good as you'll find anyway in the brand spanking new (that word again) sports hall. At present the club can only offer vending machines for visitors, but everyone is more than welcome to sample something a little more substantial at the nearby Strelley Oak Pub afterwards.

Disappointingly, what you'll find pitchside is somewhat less enticing. Boro basically playing on an open, though admittedly very well kept, field. There is no cover for supporters nor club officials, though you might just manage to grab a seat from a tiny covered area designed for the college's student smokers up the slope. With room for six only, you might be a bit of a competition to seek refuge on a rainy day.

The pitch is not immediately apparent from the car park, as it is tucked in a dip behind the the grass bank where the new (that word yet again) college bus stop stands. Whilst there's nothing really to shout about pitchside, the magnificent college buildings raised above the pitch provides an impressive backdrop. It is also of note that the pitch is slightly raised above the housing estate to the east. As a result, a plastic meshing fence runs along three quarters of the Hanslope Crescent side to prevent a sharp sliding tackle being followed up by a rather nasty tumble into the metal fence that guards the entire college perimeter beyond. Just be careful your not near the corner flag at the College End, as there's no safety net to break ones fall.

The lack of pitchside furniture is somewhat compensated by the wide open vistas of the City of Nottingham to the east with one building in particular catching the eye - Wollaton Hall. Standing on a small but prominent hill, the recent 9m spent renovating this 16th Century masterpiece merits a visit after the match.

Future Plans

Bilborough Town know that it will take time to adjust and build for the future, but with the links in place with Bilborough College Academy, they may have new resources to tap into as early as 2009. Boro also hope to start their own academy in place in the future, but are perfectly aware of the pitfalls ahead having started 08/09 with a poor pre-season turnout and losing their keeper just two weeks before the start of the season.

 

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Christopher Rooney - permission required for photo & text usage

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