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Teversal

Est. circa 1920's

Venue

Teversal Grange & Sports Centre, Carnarvon Street, Teversal  Tel: 01623 555944

Ground Capacity

2500

Home Strip

 Away Strip

Seating 100

Record Attendance

558 v Mansfield Town - Friendly - July 2003
Who are ya? The Tevie Boys
What Division are you in?  Step 6 - Northern Counties East Division One
Websites www.teversalfc.co.uk

 

You must have come in a taxi

 From M1 Jnc.29 - Take the A6175 exit towards Heath and Holmewood. Travel through Holmewood, and at the roundabout after 1.8 miles  take the B6039 towards Hardstoft and Tibshelf. Continue for 3.1 miles and at the T-junction in Tibshelf (with The White Hart pub on your left) turn left onto the B6014. Continue on for 2.2 miles, passing over the motorway, The Carnarvon Arms pub and under the old railway bridge. Take first left up Carnarvon Street, the ground is at the top of the Street with ample parking available.

From M1 Jnc.28 - Take the A38 towards Mansfield for 4.9 miles, travelling through a number of sets of traffic light. Passing the King's Mill Reservoir, you will come to a major junction ('King & Miller' pub and McDonalds on your left). Travel straight on, taking the A6075 towards Mansfield Woodhouse. * At the next set of traffic lights after 0.6 miles, turn left onto the B6014 towards Stanton Hill. Follow this road through Skegby for 1.6 miles and you will come to a roundabout (with Kwik Save on your left). Continue on the B6014 down Stanton Hill towards Tibshelf. At the bottom of the Hill, take the second right onto Carnarvon Street Close, the ground is at the top of the Street with ample parking available.

From Mansfield - Take the A38 out of Mansfield towards the M1 motorway for 1.6 miles. Take thrid exit at roundabout for A6075 towards Mansfield Woodhouse. Then follow * above.

     TrentBarton No.241 (Mansfield Bus Station-Clay Cross) passes by Carnarvon Street.

     Mansfield - 4.2 miles. From here catch the above bus service from Mansfield Bus Station.

For a map of the location, Click here.

 

My garden shed is bigger than this

Teversal is a small village seated on a lofty eminence on the western border of the county. One of the most unspoilt villages in Nottinghamshire, it should be noted that Old Teversal was the setting of D.H.Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'. As residents of one of Nottinghamshire's oldest existing football grounds, Teversal's history of disbandment, reformation & name changes could have come straight out of one of Mr Lawrence's novels.

There is a long history of football being played at Carnarvon Street dating back to the 1920's. The Club were initially set up as by the local mining community  under the banner of Teversal Colliery Football Club. A desire for local football at the nearby nearby Silverhill Colliery led to another name change by the 1940's to Teversal & Silverhill Colliery Welfare. This short lived partnership's most notable achievement was an extra preliminary round F.A.Cup win over Parliament Street Methodists in 1949. With Silverhill going their own way, the Club was again renamed to Teversal Miners Welfare. Whilst the Welfare club itself continued to thrive, the football side of the complex became run down and the senior football team was disbanded. 

For many years, the Club continued to survive under the guise of youth team football. By 1986, the senior football club was reformed again under the name of M.W.Teversal. However, the 1980's and early 90's proved to be a devastating period for the local community. The closure of Teversal Colliery in 1980,  the Miners Welfare in 1989, followed by the closure of Silverhill Colliery in 1992 saw a steady decline in the will to contribute towards the redevelopment of M.W.Teversal. A period of uncertainty privailed at Carnarvon Street. The colliery's had always been the heart and soul of Teversal, and fortunately Ashfield District Council recognised a need to resurrect some sense of pride back into the community. 

In 1989, the Council took over the Trusteeship of the Teversal Grange complex, which contained the football ground As a result, the Club's new links with the Teversal Grange Sports and Social Centre, resulted in a name change to Teversal Grange Football Club. By 1993, the Council had invested heavily in building a lasting tribute to the village's mining past in the form of the Teversal visitors centre and the Teversal Trails besides the football ground, which have transformed the trackbeds of former colliery railways to create a network of enchanting trails.

The name change game was not quite over for the Club. Finding themselves being mistakenly associated with the Teversal Grange Country Inn on the other side of the car park,  the start of the 2000-2001 season heralded a change to current name of Teversal Football Club. 

From the uncertain times, which saw the Club running just one senior team and Carnarvon Street in a severe state of disrepair, the Club have shown a determination to offer quality football in a quality stadium played for the locals by the locals. Having finished life as Teversal Grange in 2000 second from bottom of the Central Midlands Premier League, 2005 saw the Club promoted to the Northern East Counties Division One. The Tevie Boys Extra-Preliminary Round F.A.Cup tie at neighboring Shirebrook Town heralded their first match in the world's most famous competition for over half-a-century, whilst their following round clash with Pegasus Juniors was the first FA Cup tie at Carnarvon Street in living memory for most people associated with the Club.

Progress was not just being rapidly achieved on the pitch. Off the pitch, the Club worked tirelessly to ensure that the Ground was up to NCEL standards. In the summer of 2003 the Ground was completely fenced in, concrete hard standing laid all around the pitch, floodlights erected and a new gatehouse built. Prior to entering thorugh the gatehouse, one may wish to have a wander around the Teversal Vistiors Centre adjacent to the Ground. The centre is run by volunteers and is normally open seven days a week providing hot snacks and drinks. The staff are extremely friendly and always willing to answer your questions, though the location of Tevie's 1949 cup opponents Parliament Street Methodists might prove to be a tricky one.  The prices of the food and drinks are embarrassingly cheap with seating available both inside and outside. You could also venture over to the  Grange Country Inn for a pre-match tipple. 

Alternatively, neither may appeal, and you may want to go straight into the Ground for a beverage, and you will not be disappointed. Within the new gatehouse you are immediately greeted by the welcoming site of The Tevie Bar. This porter cabin clubhouse offers hot and cold snacks and drinks for visitors. Passing by The Tevie Bar you arrive at the Town End, straight forward hard standing area. To the right of this on the car park side is the club's large, modern, brick built changing facilities. The rest of this side also offers level hard standing for spectators. 

It is behind The Railway End where things really begin to get interesting. Teversal were featured in a 2004 addition of football grounds magazine, Groundtastic ,for it's ingenious use of two ex-supermarket shopping trolley shelters as stands. Each of these Tesco's shelters stands on either side of the Railway End goal. Located behind the goal itself is a high wire-meshing fence, built to prevent the loss of too many balls to striker's wayward shots. Behind The Railway End runs the old colliery rail track upon which ran  the Teversal to Pleasley line up until the late 1970ís. The tracks have been all removed and there are now a number of different routes providing tranquil walks through beautiful countryside, a lot of which has been designated as local nature reserves.

The entire pitch is surrounded by a four inch thick, white painted steel rope held aloft by dozens of steel posts. In the summer of 2003, six modern steel pole floodlights were erected, three on wither side of the pitch. The middle pylons offering three high-powered clusters and the outer two housing two clusters, in line with NCEL regulations.

On the Pleasley Road side are located the Club's only seated stand. Built in the summer of 2002, this cantilevered stand holds four rows of 100 blue seats. Next to this stand is a revamped hard standing covered stand, painted in red and held aloft by three steel posts. The roof to this stand raises towards the front, and the fascia holds a hoarding bearing the Club's name. In front of this stand, the Club have added two ultra-modern European-style perplex dugouts. It should be noted that whilst neither stand has wind shields on the sides, the fact that the pitch is completely enclosed by a sturdy breeze-block wall does ease the effects of a bracing wind. To the right of this stand is the rusting framework of an old covered standing area. Another point of interest behind the two stands on the Pleasley Road side is Silverhill Wood, location of the highest point in Nottinghamshire. Upon the top of this man-made hill, a five-foot high bronze statue stands of a crouching miner checking for gas has been erected in honour of the area's rich mining heritage. 

Future Plans

It is noticeable that there is a great deal of overgrown standing areas on either side of the pitch within the perimeter fence. This could clearly be used to expand, should the Club wish to reach higher up the footballing pyramid.

 

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