Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003 Photograph by Sam Hicks
Biddulph Victoria FC
Tunstall Road, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST8 7AQ Telephone: 01782 522737 / 513304 Nickname: The Vics Midland Football Alliance Website
Note The first record of football being played at Tunstall Road was in 1933 when miners from the nearby Victoria Colliery formed Knypersley FC. That incarnation of the club disbanded after WW2, with a new club Knypersley Victoria taking over at the ground in 1969. In 2002 the name was changed to Biddulph Victoria. The ground is situated in one corner of a large area set aside for sport, and dominated by the local cricket club. Tunstall Road is therefore a three-sided ground out of necessity.
The stand is set a slight angle behind the near goal, and given that there are just three rows of barely elevated benches, it appears unnecessarily high ... unless previous seating has been removed at some point. According to Colin Peel & Mick Blackmanís book in the Mike Floate series, it first appeared in 1978 and was subsequently extended with seating for 200. The clubhouse and changing rooms are adjacent. If you are planning a visit I strongly recommend setting aside a couple of hours beforehand to take in nearby Biddulph Grange Garden - owned by the National Trust and located in Grange Road just a few minutes away. Very unusual and well worth the entrance fee. DB