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Santos
Est. 1965   

Venue

William Lea Memorial Ground, Park Road, Calverton

Ground Capacity

 

Seating

 

Record Attendance

 

 

Home Strip

 Away Strip

 

Websites

 http://santos.intheteam.com

 

What Division are you in?  Notts Amateur Alliance

 

Who are ya?

 The Dragons

 

You must have come in a taxi

 From Nottingham City Centre - Travel north on the A60 Mansfield Road for 4.9 miles. At roundabout, take the 2nd exit. after 1 mile, turn right onto Oxton Road, then next left onto Main Street (signposted Calverton). Turn next left onto Hollinwood Lane, right onto Collyer Road and left onto Park Road. The ground is a short distance on your LHS.

From M1 Jnc.27 - Take first exit & follow signs for Nottingham on A608, then A611 for 3.5 miles. Take first exit at roundabout onto B6011 (Forest Lane), through Linby and Papplewick,  for 3 miles. Turn right onto the A60 (Nottingham). Turn first left at the traffic lights onto Burntstump Hill for 1 mile, then turn right at 'T' junction onto A614. Turn next left onto Oxton Road, then next left onto Main Street (signposted Calverton). Turn next left onto Hollinwood Lane, right onto Collyer Road and left onto Park Road. The ground is a short distance on your LHS.

From East - A46 towards Nottingham for 12 miles. Take second exit, A6097 (Doncaster) for 4 miles. At roundabout, take 2nd exit for another 4.3 miles. At next roundabout take 1st exit onto Oxton Road for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Hollinwood Lane, left onto Collyer Road and left onto Park Road. The ground is a short distance on your LHS.

     TrentBarton Calverton Connection (Nottm Debenhams  - Calverton), D&G (Nottm - Calverton), Dunn Line No.61 (Nottm - Newark).

   Lowdham Station - 5 miles to the south-east

For a map of the location, Click here.

 

My garden shed is bigger than this

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, the legendary Brazilian outfit have not deserted the Estadio Urbano Caldeira in favour of the William Lea Memorial Ground. This is the Santos Football Club based in a former heartland of the Notts coalfields.  However, do not be too disappointed. Like their more illustrious namesakes, they do have one thing in common, the promise to deliver football - in its purest form.

Santos were established in 1965 to ensure that adequate representation was provided for the local community.  The forerunner of Santos had been Bilsthorpe Colliery Football Club. Back in the 1930's, Britain had a thriving coal industry and the East Midlands coalfield was one of the most productive in the country. The village of Bilsthorpe had grown in population from 134 in 1921 to just under two thousand in 1931, following the development of the colliery. Many local collieries had their own football team and Bilsthorpe was no exception. They had first entered a team in the FA Cup in 1935 when they defeated Rufford Colliery before exiting to Ransome & Marles after a replay. Over the years, they had a couple of players in their side with Football League experience. Billy Burton had turned out previously for Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion and William Foster had scored two goals in ten appearances for Mansfield Town.

Once the colliery had closed in 1997, Santos was committed to providing the locals with a focal point and a football side to be proud of. After spending many years in the Notts Amateur Leagues, a new found ambition was ignited in 2001, when  a new Manager was brought in to revitalise the flagging club.  Young,  fresh players were brought on board to compliment the 'older' experienced players.  A double promotion soon followed, as champions. In 2002, they captured the Notts Amateur League Premier Division, then within a year they were crowned champions of the Notts Alliance Second Division. In 2004, after discussions with various leagues, the Club committee decided to  'go for it', and apply to Central Midlands League, an application that was willing accepted. Unfortunately, the club folded in 2006, having taken the decision to leave the CML due to their failure to meet ground grading requirements. They now reside once again in the Notts Amateur Alliance, playing their home matches at the William Lea Memorial Ground in Calverton. Prior to this, they played their home games in the CML at the Bilsthorpe Miners Welfare Sports Ground, more commonly referred to as 'The Dragon's Lair'. 

Future Plans 

 

 

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Christopher Rooney  - permission required for photo & text usage

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