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Clipstone Welfare  

Est.1928 

Venue

The Lido Ground, Clipstone Road East, Clipstone Tel: 01623 655674

Ground Capacity

3000

Home Strip

 Away Strip

 
Seating 90

Record Attendance

3500 v Rotherham United - Friendly - 1968
Who are ya? Welfare
What Division are you in? Step 7 - Central Midlands Supreme Division
Websites http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/clipstonewelfarefootballclub

 

You must have come in a taxi

 From North - At A1 roundabout junction with A614, take the A614 southbound for 7.7miles. At Ollerton Roundbout, stay on the A614, and take the first right onto the B6030. Continue though Clipstone on Clipstone Road for 4.1 miles. The Ground is on your RHS, clearly visible by the floodlight pylons. There are sixty space in the car park, otherwise, it's street parking in Clipstone.

From Mansfield - Travel south on the A60, passing Mansfield Town F.C. and the retail parks. Turn left at first major junction onto the B6030 (Clipstone). * Continue for 2.5 miles, over the roundabout, and the Ground becomes clearly visible by the floodlights before you enter Clipstone on your LHS. There are sixty space in the car park, otherwise, it's street parking in Clipstone.

From Nottingham - Take the A60 northbound towards Mansfield for 12.6 miles. Turn right onto the onto the B6030 (Clipstone). Then as * above.

From Newark - Take the A617 westbound for 16.2 miles. Turn right onto Oak Tree Lane. Continue for 1.5 miles. Turn right at traffic lights onto B6030 Clipstone Road West. Continue for 1.3 miles, over the roundabout, and the Ground becomes clearly visible by the floodlights before you enter Clipstone on your LHS. There are sixty space in the car park, otherwise, it's street parking in Clipstone.

   East Midlands Stagecoach No.13 (Mansfield Bus Station  - Wellow), No.14 (Mansfield Bus Station - Boughton), No.15 (Mansfield Bus Station - Walesby) & No.16 (Mansfield Bus Station - Clipstone) all go along Clipstone Road East.

    Mansfield - 3.3 miles. Catch one of the above buses from Mansfield Bus Station next to the Train Station.

For a map of the location, Click here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

My garden shed is bigger than this

Clipstone is set within a semi-rural coalfields area, unique in character. The village expanded substantially when the mines were sunk, and housing developed to accommodate the new workforce. The decline of the coal industry is well documented and the pit closed in 2000, yet the football club continues to thrive.

Formed in 1928, they began life playing under the name of Clipstone Combine, alongside Clipstone's other representatives in a local Colliery League, Clipstone Colliery. Combine originally plied their trade at a ground near to the main Mansfield Road in Clipstone. Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, the Club  moved to Baulker Lane and changed their name to Clipstone Boys Brigade. Eventually, they became Clipstone Welfare and had spells in the Mansfield and District League and Sutton and Skegby League, before achieving their first major success in the Nottinghamshire Spartan League. In the season 1955/56 they won the treble of Spartan League, League Cup and the Nottinghamshire F.A. Intermediate Cup. This promoted a move on up to the Notts. Football Alliance League, and with the promotion came a new home, to their present home of The Lido Ground.

It was at The Lido Ground were Welfare achieved even greater success, remarkably completing a Notts Alliance Senior Division and Senior Cup in three consecutive seasons between 1972/73 to 1974/75. A decade later Welfare captured the Nottinghamshire Senior Challenge Cup, joining an elite group to have won both Senior and Intermediate Notts F.A. Challenge Cup. 

The early 1990's saw future success, with another League Championship and a famous 3-0 F.A.Vase win at Hucknall Town to reach the third round for the first time, before going out to Hinckley Atheltic. They would go on to emulate this success when they became treble winners in the 1993/94 season, capturing the Notts Alliance Championship, the Notts Alliance Senior Cup and the Notts. F.A. Senior Cup. This resulted in promotion to the Central Midlands League, starting out in the Premier Division, the Club took the championship by five clear points. Devastatingly, the inadequacies of The Lido Ground Ground prevented promotion to the CML Supreme Division. Over the next few years, the Club working hard to meet the ground grading standards, and in the 1996/97 season, having  again stormed to the CML Premier Championship, the Club were at last granted promotion. 

The Lido Ground is clearly indicated by a large sign announcing the Club's presence. Located off the main road between Clipstone and Forest Town Road, a tight drive within black iron gates leads up to the car park. There is a steel gated gravel entrance into the ground besides the Clubhouse at the Forest Town End. This green steel security fence spans the majority of the Ground, with the intervention of a concrete wall barrier on the north side of the Ground. The Clubhouse is rather basic, yet tidy affair, serving hot and cold snacks and drinks from a serving hatch in the lounge on matchdays. In front of the Clubhouse is placed a quaint little shed, welcome shelter for the person responsible for collecting the gate money. Tucked in alongside the Clubhouse are the team's changing rooms in a building attached to the Clubhouse.

On the north side of the Ground you'll find the Club's two stands. The first is a low, flat standing, covered area running from the corner flag, almost up to the half-way line. The Stand is cantilevered, covered only at the rear with prefabricated corrugated sheeting. A small, white wall barrier then divides this stand from the Club's piece de resistance - the seated Main Stand. Continuing along the half way line this small stand is very similar to its neighbours, though 90 white seats have been installed on two step terracing for spectators. The rear of the stand has been painted black, symbolising the Club's previous colours of Black & White. The seating is set back from the pitch, in front of which is a grassed area running along the entire length of exterior of the perimeter barrier. Surrounding the perimeter of the pitch is a rugged white post and rail fence. 

On the Clipstone Road side of the Ground one can clearly view the slagheaps of Clipstone Colliery, which closed in 2000. Within the Ground itself the home and away dug outs are located on this side of the Ground. Both sited on the half way line, they are medium-sized breezeblock built constructions, painted in white, with black painted roofs.

Rather than the usual concrete hard standing, Welfare offer an alternative behind either goal, neither of which are always kind on your footwear. Gravel standing is offered at the Forest Town End, with Grass standing at the Clipstone End. Another unusual feature is the number of floodlights on offer at the Ground. Four steel pylon floodlights  dominate the skyline on either side of the Ground, each holding two clusters each.

One can not conduct a review of Clipstone without mentioning the symbol which dominates Welfare's club badge. The immense twin mining winding towers visible between the houses at the Clipstone End of the ground stand at 65m high, the tallest in Europe when built. However, controversial plans have been proposed to demolish the towers on the grounds that many of Clipstone's residents view them as an eyesore, rather than a national treasure. Catch them while you can. 

Future Plans

None disclosed

                     

Additional Photography

                                                                                              

                                                           

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Christopher Rooney - permission required for photo & text usage

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