Radcliffe  Olympic

Est. 1876


The Recreational Ground, Wharf Lane, Radcliffe-on-Trent  Tel: 07947 593546

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Who are ya? Olympic
What Division are you in? Step 7 - Central Midlands Supreme DivisionDivision
Websites http://www.geocities.com/radcliffeolympic/home.html


You must have come in a taxi

From A52 (east) -  From A46/A52 junction follow signs for A52 (Nottingham) for 3 miles. Turn right for Radcliffe. Continue through the village, past the shops for 1 mile. Turn right into Wharf Lane opposite the church. 

From A52 (west) - Head out of Nottingham, past the National Watersports Centre, and turn left at the RSPCA, signed Radcliffe, into Nottingham Road for 0.7 miles. Opposite the Church, turn left into Wharf Lane. The Ground is a short distance down on the left, and has a car park.

    NCT Pathfinder No.91 Fosseway Flyer (Nottm Queens St  - Newark), Trent Barton Radcliffe Line (Nottm Friar Lne - Radcliffe) & Bingham X (Nottm Friar Lane - Bingham), Dunn Line D100 (Nottm - Grantham) all pass Wharf Lane.


Radcliffe  - Central Trains Nottingham to Lincoln & Nottingham to Norwich.


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My garden shed is bigger than this

Based on edge of the River Trent's floodplains, you will find the historic Radcliffe Recreation Ground, home to Nottinghamshire's third oldest amateur Football Club, Radcliffe Olympic.

Like Carlton Hill, home to Arnold Southbank, the Recreation Ground is uniquely set within a valley, thus offering spectators a unique view of the play. Olympic have not always played at this venue. Prior to the turn of the 20th Century, Olympic played their games at firstly Holme Lane, and then switched to Bingham Road in 1892. During this period the standard of the playing staff at Olympic was of a remarkably high quality. One Olympic player, Harry Butler Daft, went on to play international football. Incidently, this was the same Mr Daft who's Father had been a founder member of the oldest League club in the world, Notts County.

The early successes stories were to fizzle out as the years went by. However, the good times were back in 2003, perhaps the most successful year in the Club's long and distinguished history. A narrow semi-final defeat to Hucknall Town in the Notts Senior Cup was followed by a Notts Alliance League & Cup double, which resulted in promotion to the Central Midlands Premier Division Championship. Unbelievably, they scoped the Premier League title within a season and began the 2004/05 season in the dizzy heights of the Central Midlands Supreme Division. Devastatingly for the Club, all of Olympic's first team then opted to depart for pastures new at the end of 2003/04 season, leaving the Club with a mountain to climb once again.

The Club choose to address this massive problem by implementing revolutionary changes to the structure of the entire Club. This involved an amalgamation with Radcliffe-on-Trent's other based Football Club, ASC Dayncourt. This merger created a ‘Super Club' boasting some 25 football teams split into four different sections of Juniors, Intermediates, Ladies and Seniors with the ages being represented between 4 and 60. The enormous scale of this new football dynasty has resulted in non-senior fixtures being shared between The Recreation Ground and old haunt, Bingham Road. This has clearly enabled the Club to ensure that the standard of the pitch at the Recreation Ground remains in fine condition. Olympic continue to go from strength to strength. In 2006, they were allowed to enter the F.A.Vase for the first time in their history.

Much improvement was made to 'The Rec' during the summer of 2005 to bring it up to Central Midlands Supreme League standards. A large blue screen has been mounted on the Wharf Lane side of the ground to enclose the pitch. On the Wharf Lane side, there is an extensive children's play area on top of a bank, upon which one can afford panoramic views of the City of Nottingham in the distance if the game isn't proving to grab your attention. The main addition in 2005 were six tall steel floodlights, three on each side of the pitch, holding two clusters each. On the west side of the ground, the Club have also installed two small dugouts, painted blue .

There is a lengthy, modern pavilion at the south end of the ground with has its windows boarded up, presumably due prevent further vandalism. This houses Olympic's changing rooms. Attached to this pavilion is a partially cantilevered canopy held up by seven brown steel struts. This provides the only current cover on offer at the Ground. Unfortunately, this is some distance away from the actual pitchside, but offers some welcome relief from the elements on these open, exposed plains. The south side of the Recreational Ground in general could do with a bit of sprucing up. A highlight feature here is an old roller which sits besides the Pavilion. Presumably something the vandals couldn't do much with.

A permanent steel railing circumnavigates the pitch, in line with Central midlands League requirements. On the north side of the pitch is a large bank upon which run the Liverpool - Norwich & Crewe - Skegness trains. A sure fire distraction to liven up any 0-0 bore draw.

Future Plans

The future of Radcliffe Olympic FC is looking very healthy indeed. With the increasing success on the pitch the club are looking to improve off the pitch too. The Club have received funding from Notts County Council and Strategic Enterprise East Midlands to embark on a feasibility study which will allow the club to develop new £1million football facilities. The development, which would be adjacent to Radcliffe Cricket Club situated off the A52, would provide new changing rooms, a clubhouse, and enough pitches to allow all the Club's 28 mens, ladies, boys and girls teams to train and play on one site. The Club now intend to approach The Football Foundation, The Sports Council and Sport England with their ambitious plans.

Olympic firmly believe that the potential is limitless. The way things are going, perhaps future international footballers could be wearing the Olympic blue again before too long.


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