Eagle Valley (Arnold Town)

Okay then, so Lancaster City might have been sitting pretty with their Giant Axe stadium being one of the best names in the country. But they might have to step aside now.
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I’d initially confused the Eagle Valley Complex due to it also housing Notts County’s training ground, although slap bang in the middle is a small fenced off stadium, complete with a couple of stands.
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One, the Ivan Long Stand, is a bog standard prefabricated number but being named at least lends it a little charm. The other side is smaller again but it’s all brand spanking new.
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There are some old school gates, but my battery ran out before I could get a picture. I’m not sure if these are locked on a night – if so then it might be a tricky one for the casual visitor, although it’s pretty visible from the main road.
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Due to a Notts County youth game being in progress whilst I was there I had a great time, and I suspect as long as the front gates are open you should have fun there too.
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Woodhorn Lane Update

Carrying on the theme of pictures of the ground from different angles, here’s some new pics from a different side.
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Gedling Road (Arnold Town 1989-2008)

This was an odd visit that I’ve only just about figured out. Arnold Town moved out of here in 2008, but I didn’t realise when I visited.
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A quick check on a non-league directory had Gedling Road as their home, and a quick look at Google Maps showed what very definitely looked like a football ground.
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I arrived to find a banner for a differently named team, no clubhouse and, well, no stands. I was a bit confused and wondered if the gravel path around half the pitch was what looked blue from a satellite photo.
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It wasn’t until I arrived home that I realised this used to be a football ground. The club have moved to the outskirts of town and the pitch is now just part of a park. Granted, this is one of the fancier playing fields you’ll ever see but it’s also incredibly confusing if you arrive expecting a football ground.
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Worth visiting? Not really, unless you particularly like visiting football pitches. There’s no suggestion this used to be a stadium, so I’d personally advise you go straight to Arnold’s new home ten minutes up the road. We’ll go there next week.
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Woodhorn Lane Update
I feel like this section should have a little theme tune or something. No idea what. We’ll workshop it over the next few weeks – send your own in if you’ve any suggestions. Anyway this week I took a couple of snaps of the ground from the opposite side to usual. Sorry if that’s ruined your week but I thought it might be a bit more interesting than the weekly brickwork update.
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Sir Tom Cowie Millfield (Crook Town)

A more enthusiastic blogger would probably be able to group entries t would ogether. And if that were to happen, this appear right near the top of the one labeled “pointless visiting in the dark”.

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It’s a shame as I’m aware it’s a cracking Northern League ground, included the requisite steps up into the arena to earn itself bonus marks.

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But unfortunately in an era where we need photo evidence, there’s very little I can provide. Definitely worth visiting during daylight, but undoubtedly pointless at night.
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Woodhorn Lane Update
The brickwork is coming on canny, but I also noticed some cladding around the side of the roof too! The upstairs area, where there’ll be bar/conference facilities, is easy to make out. It’ll be interesting to see if it looks particularly flashy on the outside.
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The Mechanics (AFC Blackpool)

Originally this ground was home to Blackpool Mechanics, which is one of the great names in football, however the club merged with Squires Gate Junior in 2008 and became AFC Blackpool.
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Thankfully the name lived on as their Jepson Way ground, situated by the end of the runway at Blackpool Airport, was renamed as a nod to the club’s heritage.
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It’s a cracking little non-league ground, with four stands, and very easy to like. I hit lucky on my visit in that a turnstile was open. I was able to poke my head in for a look around but I’m not sure how much is visible usually.
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There’s a gate on your way in – if that’s locked then you’ll struggle to see much but even if just that is open then you’ll have a blast. But I can only speak as I find and so I found it a brilliant visit.
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Woodhorn Lane Update
Brickwork coming along wonderfully at Ashington, and the stand also seems to have a proper roof now, too. Despite a week of awful weather it’s nice to see progress continuing.
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