|Mill Street Playing Fields, Greenwich Avenue, Basford, Nottingham Tel: 0788 1842743|
|Who are ya?||The Bulls|
|What Division are you in?||Nottinghamshire Senior League Division One|
You must have come in a taxi
From Nottingham - Travel
north on the A60 Mansfield Road until you reach the Goose Fair Roundabout.
Take 1st exit off first roundabout, then 2nd exit for B682 (Bulwell).
Continue up Sherwood Rise, onto Nottingham Road for 1.2 miles. Get into
right hand lane & turn left at McDonalds traffic lights. Get into
right hand lane, and turn right at next traffic lights. Turn right onto
Church Street (the road to the north east of where you're looking, not
Vernon Road, as you'll more likely to get into traffic problems that way).
At end of Church Street, turn right onto Alpine Street, which becomes
Percy Street. After 0.8 miles, turn right at mini-roundabout onto Mill
Street, then first left into Bagnall Road. Turn 1st right into Greenwich
Avenue, and the entrance to the Ground is straight ahead, with a large car
park available for use.
From M1 Jnc.26 - Follow A610 to Nottingham for 1.8 miles, passing over two roundabouts. After Gateway Hotel, at next lights, turn left onto Stockhill Lane (signposted - Arnold). turn left at mini-roundabout onto Mill Street, then first left into Bagnall Road. Turn 1st right into Greenwich Avenue, and the entrance to the Ground is straight ahead, with a large car park available for use.
From Mansfield - Take the A60 southbound towards Nottingham. Upon reaching the White Horse Pub major junction in Arnold, turn right onto the B6004 for 3 miles. Head over David Lane crossing onto David Lane, and turn right onto Bagnall Road. Turn 1st right into Greenwich Avenue, and the entrance to the Ground is straight ahead, with a large car park available for use.
Nottingham City Transport - No.70 (Assarts Farm - Nottm Victoria Centre) runs by the top of Greenwich Avenue, No.69 (Basford - Nottm Victoria Centre) terminates at Percy Street, a short distance from the Ground.
Bulwell - 1 mile on the Robin Hood Line (Nottm- Worksop). turn right out of station up Main Street, then left onto Highbury Vale. Continue until you reach David Lane crossing. Go over the crossing up David Lane, then take the 2nd right onto Bagnall Road. then right onto Greenwich Avenue, and the entrance to the Ground it straight ahead.
David Lane - Follow the instructions from David Lane crossing above.
For a map of the location, Click here.
My garden shed is bigger than this
Bulwell, a market town a little over three miles north
of Nottingham, is probably best known to outsiders for its less
attractive elements. It received nation attention in 2006 when the Scots
Grey Public House featured in a television programme entitled "The
Ten Hardest Pubs in Britain". The pub has since closed because it
was seen to be too "rough" to control adequately. The town also has an
entry on the notorious website chavtowns, where the writer
"This is one chav infested hole that needs to be added to your archive. It features all the local amenities that are important to a chav (McDonalds, plenty of shops to "teef" from, a video shop to "hang out" at....the list goes on!). Luckily I only have to drive though on my way home but this is plenty on time to be gawked at by all kinds of inbred morons, covered in cheap clothing purchased from local flea markets & more gold then Mr T. Bulwell - Chavtacular."
However, the town affectionately known locally as 'Bullwool' has plenty going for it. There's the renouned sense of community, Bertie Mee, the Arsenal Manager who led the gunners to their first ever Double, zilch nightclubs, the area near Moorbridge nicknamed "Bulwell-on-Sea", 1950's Formula One driver, Les Leston. Now there's a football team doing their best to put 'Bullwool' on the map for all the right reasons - enter Bulwell Football Club.
Formed in August 2006, Bulwell Football Club first competed in the Notts Amateur Alliance Premier Division. Initial intentions were to stabilise itself in its first season, then hopefully attract a better standard players to compete well in the following league campaign. The Bulls, with ninety percent of its playing staff from the Bulwell area, just wanted to ensure they stayed afloat. However, an excellent start encouraged better quality players to jion the Bulls earleier than expected, and they quickly gelled. What was to follow vastly exceeded even their wildest expectations, winning the NAA Premier Division title, and finishing runners-up in the Notts F.A. Intermediate Cup.
The following season saw the Bulls retain their
NAA Premier League title, recording a remarkable twenty-six wins out of
before losing their final league game. The defeat proved to be the last
in the NAA, as the Bulls moved to the second-tier of the more ambitious
Notts Senior League.
Greenwich Avenue is located within the huge open space known as the Mill Street Playing Field. The main pitch is a cordoned off area on the northern-central side of the park, close to the banks of the previously mentioned, River Lean. Also behind this end of the Ground is one of Nottingham's newest additions the route for the Nottingham Express Transit, more commonly known as the Tram. Whilst this rail line is shared with standard trains, you won't fail to distinguish the difference due to the Tram's unique 'swishing movement' and distinctive cowbell.
The entire Ground is encircled by an eight-foot high mesh-like fence. With only two ways out on either side, this can be rather inconvenient when a wasted shot, or a fine defensive tackle transcends the fence and hurtles into the park. Still, at least it should be easy enough to find, providing it doesn't head for the tram line.
The pitch itself is almost entirely surrounded by a white, metal tubular rail, 12 foot, inside the perimeter fencing. The rusty old roller in the south-west corner could definitely do with a run out as on my visit, the 12 foot gap is turning into what could only be described as a suburban jungle. Whilst it desperately needs some attention, the pitch is in a fairly healthy condition.
Two robust dugouts sit on the west side of the pitch. These identical small structures are brick built, flat-roofed, with bench seating for three at the most. Basford have added a small nameplate to each to mark 'Home' & 'Away' dugouts - a nice touch.
On the opposite side of the pitch is the ground's only cover area for spectators. This consists of flat standing with a breezeblock backboard, partly painted apple green. Part of the backboard appears to be missing on both sides, and a rusty metal frame holds aloft a precariously balanced corrugated roof. If that isn't enough to discourage you from using it in all but the harshest of weather, wait until you try and reach it. There could be snakes in all that undergrowth from the gated entrance to the stand, such is its condition.
By the entrance, there are also a couple of what appear to be electrical terminal buildings sited. Behind these buildings, on the main park area, are two unusually placed floodlights. Both are modern, single-pole steel affairs, with three clusters each, both facing away from the pitch over what I presume is a training area.
The Clubhouse is situated some distance away by the main entrance to the park. This is quite a grand two-tier structure, which sadly, like much of the location, has fallen from grace, with all of its windows boarded up. The building is entirely brick built, bar the slated roof, and decorative wooden panelling on the front. There is an additional single level building attached to the rear. It's all quite huge, and resembles more of a large residential house than a Clubhouse.
Landlords United are gathering quotations for the following stages of ground development:
1. New perimeter fencing for the main pitch/Car Park and around the clubhouse.
2. State of the Art CCTV surveillance to add protection to the clubhouse and pitch.
3. Security glass to replace the wooden boards on the clubhouse.
© Christopher Rooney - permission required for photo & text usage