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Clifton

Est. 1963

Venue

Carlton Hill Recreation Ground, Carlton, Nottingham Tel: 0115 926 6375

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Record Attendance

 
Who are ya? All Whites
What Division are you in? Nottinghamshire Senior League - Senior Division
Websites www.cliftonfc.co.uk

 

You must have come in a taxi

From North - M1 to junction 26 and pick up the A610 Nuthall Road into Nottingham. Continue onto the A6514 Ring Road at Western Boulevard and turn right signposted Ring Road South. Continue on the Ring Road following signs for A52 Grantham for 3.8 miles, passing Queens Medical Centre, * over Clifton Bridge, get into the right-hand lane to take the A453 (Birmingham). Get into the left hand lane, and at the next set of traffic lights, turn left onto Farnborough Road. Continue for 1.2 miles, turning left at the roundabout onto Green Lane. The entrance to the ground is a short distance on your LHS.

From East - Take the A52 towards Clifton Bridge, as you approach Clifton Bridge, turn off, following signs for A453 Birmingham. Get into the left hand lane, and at the next set of traffic lights, turn left onto Farnborough Road. Continue for 1.2 miles, turning left at the roundabout onto Green Lane. The entrance to the ground is a short distance on your LHS. 

From South - M1 jnc.24. Take the A453 towards Nottingham for 6.3 miles. At roundabout, take second exit. At next junction, turn right into Green Lane. Continue over two sets of roundabouts, and the entrance to the Ground is a short on your LHS.

From West - Take the A52 towards Nottingham, then follow signs for A453 Birmingham then as * from North. 

    Trent Barton Ruddington Connection (Nottingham Victoria Bus Station - Ruddington) & Nottingham City Transport no. 2 (Clifton Hartness Road - Nottingham Beastmarket Hill)  both pass the Ground. 

     Nottingham Midland Station - 4 miles

For a map of the location, Click here.

 

My garden shed is bigger than this

When built from scratch in 1951, Clifton was the largest purpose-built council housing estate in Western Europe. Housing over 30,000 new residence, complete with numerous shopping centre's, a Police station, schools, parks, churches and a post office, it had just about everything. However,  there was one vital community commodity missing - a football club.

This was all to change within eight years of the estate being completed. In 1963, Thistledown Rovers, named after a road just a few hundred yards from the Club's present Green Lane home, were formed with the intention of proving something for the local youngsters to do other than cause trouble on their shiny new estate. A short time after their formation, Thistledown changed their name to Clifton All Whites due to the Club's now legendary all white kit.

By the end of the 1960's, All White's had moved to their present home on Green Lane. From a modest beginning, they branched out into the realms of senior football through the Midland League. Over the year's, the success of the youth set up has prompted numerous professional club's to request All White's become a feeder club for them, but the requests were politely declined. The astonishing value of Clifton's coaching methods was fully realised in 1972, when David Staniforth became the first All White to carve out a professional football career with Sheffield United. Over 100 more All White's have since followed suit. Gary Birtles (Nottingham Forest, Manchester United & England) David McVay (Notts County), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham & England) Michael Johnson (Birmingham City), Darren Huckerby (Norwich City), Richard Liburd (Notts County) & Jermaine Pennant (Birmingham City), to name but a few.

In the mid-1990's, Clifton All White's were to make the national news for the mindless decision by the local council that the Club must drop the 'All Whites' from their name due to it being potentially racist. Whilst Politically correctness won the day, the historic name of Clifton All Whites F.C. was still protected by  the junior teams. Additionally, the Club still play in an all white kit, and almost everyone still refers to them as "The All Whites".

The senior side are presently plying their trade in the Nottinghamshire Senior League. However, the main focus of intention continues to be to inspire local youth football. Indeed, it would be fair to argue that All Whites have pioneered junior football throughout Nottingham over the last forty-odd years, setting incredibly high standards both on and off the field. So much so that they were awarded the coveted F.A. Charter Standard and Community Club Awards for their efforts .The Club as a whole now has 16 teams on the go, no doubt many of the younger players dreaming of being the next JJ.

The Green Lane site is located on the edge of Clifton's concrete metropolis, close to the border with leafy Ruddington. There certainly is a sense of greenery about the place, with the pitch only taking up a portion of a large, green openspace. 

The complete Green Lane complex is fenced off by an eight foot high fence to keep intruders at bay. As you enter the gates you are greeted by a large car parking area and the Club's fine Clubhouse to the left. This large brick built building also houses the Club's changing rooms. Outside, pitchside, there is a patio area with picnic benches, ideal for when the weather is less harsh.

There is only one covered area on offer at Green Lane running two-thirds of the length of the pitch. This is rather rickety and basic corrugated iron structure consisting of backboard, roof and small windbreaks on either side. The uneven roof is held aloft by eight metal poles, and hard standing is offered underfoot. To the rear of the stand the Club have erected a board proudly announcing the name of the Club alongside advertising.

In front of the stand, on the half way line, are two dugouts. The Club have actually installed one long dug out and split this into two. This is made of concrete, with a low corrugated roof, and unsurprisingly both have been painted white.

The entire pitch is bordered by dozens of white wooden stakes. On matchdays, a rope is attached to cordon off the field of play. The imposing building behind the East End goal is the South Notts College's Art & design centre.

Future Plans

Work has begun on new football pitches for Clifton Football Club and South Notts College. As part of a 2.3million project, the football club and college are joining forces to improve their sporting facilities. The main pitch is expected to be ready by September 2008.

The project is being jointly funded through the European Regional Development Fund and the Football Foundation. The new ground will be named after the clubs late Vice-President, Norman 'Mr Clifton' Archer. Without who's hard work and dedication, the development would never have taken place.

 

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Christopher Rooney  - permission required for photo & text usage

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