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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Belper Town FC

Christchurch Meadow, Bridge Street, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1BA
Telephone: 01773 825549
Nickname: The Nailers
Northern Premier League
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Note First time visitors to Christchurch Meadow are likely to come away more impressed with the massive East Mill that dominates the town ... and of course, makes the ground very easy to find. The Mill, which although disused, is open to visitors and dates from 1912. However, the town was previously well-known for its nail-making industry - hence the club nickname. As the name of the ground suggests, the imposing church which stands behind the near goal is a further feature.

Well, enough about the scenary; what’s the ground itself like? Pretty good actually. The club is currently in its fourth incarnation, dating from 1951. At that time Christchurch Meadow was already in use by a junior side, Field Head FC. The first structure was a stand on the Mill side of the ground, although this was demolished just over 10 years later when the latter was extended. The remnants were used to build a replacement opposite with the dugouts in front, which curiously extended from the half-way line to one corner of the touchline. This in turn made way for the current 500-seat stand in 2003. There is now a further area of cover on the mill side where the dugouts have also been relocated. The present clubhouse is situated behind the main stand, replacing an earlier building dating from the early 1960s. Floodlights were erected in 1980. DB