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Pre-2008

Est. 1861

Venue

Babbage Way, Off Sandy Lane, Worksop Tel: 01909 501911

Ground Capacity

3000

Seating

900

Record Attendance

At Sandy Lane: 2132 v  Sheffield United - July 2006  

At Central Avenue: 8741 v Chesterfield F.A.Cup 2nd Round 1925 

 

Home Strip

 Away Strip

 

 

 

Websites

http://www.worksoptownfc.co.uk (Official site)
http://worksoptownsupportersclub.bravehost.com (Supporters Club)
www.1861tigerstrust.org.uk (Supporters Trust)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars/worksop

 

 What Division are you in?  Step 3 - Unibond Northern Premier

 

Who are ya?

 The Tigers

 

You must have come in a taxi

From M1 - From Jnc.31 follow A57 (Worksop) for 7.6 miles. At roundabout, turn left (signposted - Sandy Lane Industrial Estate). After 0.3 miles, take the left fork down  Babbage Way, then left again towards the B & Q superstore, and then immediately left again into the Club car park.

From A1 - * At A1/A614  roundabout, follow sign for A57 (Worksop) for 5.5 miles. * At roundabout, take the third exit onto Sandy Lane (signposted - Sandy Lane Industrial Estate). After 0.3 miles, take the left fork down  Babbage Way, then left again towards the B & Q superstore, and then immediately left again into the Club car park.

From Nottingham - Take the A60, then the A614 for 24 miles to the A614/A1 roundabout. Then as A1.

From Mansfield - Take the A60 north for 12.5 miles. At roundabout, turn left onto the A57 (Sheffield). Then, after 0.7 miles, as * from A1.

   Stagecoach No.65 (Kilton - Shireoaks via Worksop Town Hall) runs to the A57 roundabout junction with Sandy Lane. From here, it's a 0.4 mile walk down Sandy Lane to the ground on your LHS.

   Worksop - 0.7 miles. A short walk up Gateford Lane, then left up Babbage Way and you'll find the ground on your RHS. Central Trains Robin Hood Line from Nottingham via Mansfield terminates here. Northern Rail's Sheffield - Lincoln service also runs regularly through Worksop.

For a map of the location, Click here.

 

My garden shed is bigger than this

Worksop moved to Sandy Lane in 1992 which was a former sand quarry landfill site and Council recreation ground. Because of the site’s history, nearly two years of ground work were necessary before the grandstand and Clubhouse could be erected and the new pitch laid. An ideal pitch for a superstar winger to grace. In the 2000/01 season, the club signed former England legend Chris Waddle.  His impact both on and off the pitch saw another upturn in the Club's fortunes. For the first time since 1955/56, they reached the First Round of the FA Cup away at Bournemouth, going down 3-0. Additionally, the Tigers were roared on to victory in the Sheffield Senior Cup beating Doncaster Rovers at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium. 

The Sandy Lane Ground is in a part of the town generously decorated with industrial units. It has been described as a ground enclosed by concrete slabs, and it would be fair to say from viewing the exterior that it is not the most picturesque stadia in the world. However, once inside one is pleasantly surprised by the complexity and quirkiness of the surroundings There is seating provided on two sides of the pitch, providing the cover for spectators, and standing terraced behind the Babbage Way End goal. However, such a simplistic description fails tell the whole story. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore here.

On the north side of the ground in the summer of 2006, the Club moved two bemusingly constructed two identical cantilevered stands that stood side by side, but with a large gap the middle of the two. Both have an evident black steel skeleton with the rear and roof covered with grey corrugation. The front of the roofs were used to hang advertising hoardings. There are four levels of black plastic seating, though green seats are positioned toward where the two stands meet. Each of these stands holds approximately 200 seats. It is interesting to note that all the seated accommodation at Worksop was installed by AAS Spectator Systems, who also fitted out the City of Manchester Stadium in time for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. One of these pre-fabricated stands has been relocated behind the Glassworks End goal, the other besides the Main Stand on the opposite side. This was done to comply with Conference level ground grading requirements. All that is left on this side of the Ground is hard standing and two splendid dugouts. These consist of two continental perplex glass erections with room for seven. Rotherham United kindly donated these, as they became surplus to requirements following the construction of a new stand at their own ground. The interior of each has been tastefully adorned with seven 'Tiger yellow' seats.

On the opposite side of the ground is Worksop's graceful Main Stand. Decked out in Worksop amber and black, the Club skilfully accommodated elevated press/executive boxes on either end of the touchline by literally raising the roof. This unique design has left behind a neatly curved roof, which ,despite the ten girders holding it aloft, adds real character to the ground. The plastic seats within are black on either side, with green seats in the middle. There are between two & four levels of seating, depending where you sit, with room for approximately 450 spectators. In keeping with the Tiger's unorthodox approach to stadium design, in the south east corner they have managed to squeeze in a tiny replica of the stand on the other side of the Main Stand, with room for about a further 50 spectators.

Worksop's Clubhouse facilities were once voted the worst in the Unibond League. Not anymore. The erection of the ecological designed 1861 Bar & Restaurant in 2003 has completely transformed the experience for visitors. Situated in the south-east corner of the ground, it is so much more than a place to grab a pint on matchdays, with its function suite, two bars, a giant screen and a classy restaurant. On the 1st floor, large glass patio-style doors overlook the field of play in the restaurant area, and there's even the added comfort of under floor heating! Costing over £750,000, the outside is equally impressive. The lower section is built with  traditional red brick. However, it's the the top tier which really catches the eye. Built with steel stanchions, the walls have carefully been clad with wood and glass, and hanging baskets have been attached from the window areas, just to add to the elegance of the building.

Situated next to the Clubhouse, looking rather out of date next to their shiny new neighbour, are a series of porter-cabin style buildings including the turnstiles, changing rooms, tea bar and club shop, all coated in amber and black. The Club Shop is certainly about par compared to the general standard at this level, selling not only  the usual array of items such as replica shirts, hats and scarf's, but also mouse mats, car tax disk holders & golf umbrella's. Here's hoping Lee Westwood has one. In front of all of these buildings on the east side of the ground, spectators have flat level standing available at pitchside. Thoughtfully, the tiger's pin up the team sheet besides the turnstiles on matchdays to enable eager supporters to maker an necessary amendments to their programmes.  There is also a small covered enclosure for standing spectators in the north east corner, supported by two posts.

The area behind the west end goal used to be the least developed, yet also the most quirkiest. In front of the grass bank, the Club  laid a concrete level standing area, usually occupied by away supporters. The quirky bit is a two step section of raised terrace directly behind the goal complete with amber and black crash barriers. Just to top it all off, the Club erected a steel mesh barrier behind this terraced area either to stop balls or maybe spectators from traveling too far away from the field of play. Your guess is as good as mine, but it really was a site to behold. In 2006, most of this terracing was taken over by the relocation of one of the stands that previously stood on the north side of the Ground.

The entire pitch is completely surrounded by a three foot high white concrete barrier, giving the place a real homely enclosed feel. Sandy Lane boasts six floodlights, yet despite their design being quite common, their positioning, like so many of the features at this Club, are not straightforward. Three single pool steel lights grace either side of the pitch. The four near the corner flags contain three clusters, the two centre lights contain only two. The one to the north has pierced its way through the Main Stand, with the one to the north tightly hugging one of the two stands, as if too shy to be on show between the gapping hole.

Hopefully tigers will return soon.

Future Plans

Following their eviction from Sandy Lane in 2008, the future remains unclear. There have been several proposals tabled in recent years to relocate and set up a new, all purpose stadium. However, since Tigers went into administration with a  £300,000+ debt in 2005, and survival became the priority.

 

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