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Greenwood  
Meadows 

Est. 1987

Venue

Old Lenton Lane, Clifton Bridge, Nottingham Tel: 0115 9865913

Ground Capacity

 700

Seating

 -

Record Attendance

 302 v  Radford  - Central Midlands League 20/03/04

 

Home Strip

Away Strip

 

 

Websites

 www.greenwoodmeadows.non-league.org

 

What Division are you in?  Step 7 - Central Midlands Supreme Division 

 

Who are ya?

 

 

You must have come in a taxi

From Nottingham  -  Follow the A453 out of the City for 1.7 miles. On reaching the Clifton Bridge roundabout, go straight over. Turn first left onto Old Lenton Lane. The Ground is a short distance down on your RHS after a dirt track and has adequate parking.

From M1 Jnc.24 - Travel north on the A453 towards Nottingham for 8 miles. On reaching the A52 Clifton Bridge flyover, turn off for the A453 'City Centre'. Take the first exit at the roundabout into Old Lenton Lane, then as above.

    Nottingham City Transport - Link 1 from Victoria Centre to Boots passes Old Lenton Lane,  shortly after the Queens Drive Park & Ride site.

     Nottingham Midland  - 2.5 miles

For a map of the location, Click here.

 

My garden shed is bigger than this

Within the Clubhouse of Greenwood Meadows Football Club there is a sign that I can pretty much guarantee that you will not find at any other football ground throughout the county of Nottinghamshire. 

The sign displays a unique welcome to all by instructing entrants not to take loaded firearms into the bar area. Given the fact that the historical homelands of this now merged Club are Sneinton and The Meadows, (two inner city area of Nottingham with a rather worrying history of gun crime), one might find this warning a little unsettling. Don’t be. What you will find on Old Lenton Lane is a pleasant & friendly Club, a world away from the alleged ganglands of inner city Nottingham.

Greenwood Meadows Football Club were formed in 1987 following the amalgamation of Greenwood Rovers and Meadows Albion. Founded in 1957, Greenwood Rovers progressed from the Notts Amateur League to the Notts Alliance, where in 1985/86 they finished runners up in the League and semi finalists in the Cup. Meadows Albion were in the MA Spartan League and won several honours, including the Senior League and League Cup in 1984 and 1985 respectively. However, in order to progress up the footballing pyramid, the decision was taken to merge, and in 1999 Greenwood Meadows left the Notts Alliance to join the Central Midlands League. They finished runners up in the Premier Division in 2000/01, winning promotion to the Supreme Division.

A great deal of work has gone into developing the Ground up to CML standards. The ground is located below the raging traffic of the towering Clifton Bridge flyover, slightly nearer to city life than their nearby rivals, Dunkirk and Pelican. However, it is still a fairly picturesque affair, bordered on two sides by an unmarked country lane, which runs down to the nearby golf club, and trees and hedges on the other two sides. The Ground is rung entirely by a solid white barrier, and being fully exposed to the elements, can be a tad on the cool side in the winter months.

There are two identical dugouts on the south side of the ground. These are fairly basic rectangular corrugated iron affairs, though there's plenty of room, the framework has been painted thoughtfully in Greenwood green and the interior contain smart red plastic seating. Two matching, though larger, covered stands flank these dugouts, with room available for 100 spectators within each. Unfortunately, level concrete standing limits the view on busy match days, and neither stand offers much wind resistance, as both front and sides are exposed to the weather. This must have proven particularly uncomfortable on the day that Greenwood Meadows took part in the world Record Groundhop in 2004, which involved attending six matches at six different grounds in the space of 24 hours. The endurance-testing marathon took place in gale force winds, attended by 302 brave souls at the Old Lenton Lane leg of the Hop. Given the appalling conditions, I expect that quite a few of those hardy attendees will have retired to the comfort of the Clubhouse, weaponless of course.

Sited on the east side of the Ground, the Clubhouse is quite unusual building. Part hut, part porter cabin, it is seemingly precariously balanced on several brick based stilts, giving the impression that it could keel over at any given time. However, the facilities inside are more than adequate, with social events such as gig nights occasionally catered for.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the ground is the four steel floodlights, which tower over each side of the Ground. Installed in 2004, the four huge clusters resting on the comparatively frail posts appear to be almost peering over the pitch for a better view, like extra terrestrials of War of the Worlds fame.

As mentioned previously, the wind invariably gets up in this exposed area on the flood banks of the River Trent. As a result of which you may well catch a whiff of fresh tobacco in the air. This is likely to be from the dominant Horizon tobacco factory on the north side of the ground, home of the world famous John Player brand since 1877. Built in 1972, the factory is to this day the biggest addition to Imperial Tobacco’s operations, costing £14 million and occupying a 45-acre site. An impressive building indeed, almost as much as those floodlights.

Future Plans

None to report

 

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