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

Biggleswade United FC

Second Meadow, Fairfield Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 0AA
Telephone: 01767 600408
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Spartan South Midlands League
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Note Local history records indicate that there was a Biggleswade United side playing at Second Meadow as early as 1929, although the present club was reformed in July 1959. United is very much the younger of the two Biggleswade clubs, with neighbours Town having been founded in 1874. However, the fortunes of the two neighbours’ homes in recent years have been quite different. Whilst the Waders’ current ground at Fairfield, literally next door to Second Meadow, has lost its old wooden stand and will be vacated at the end of 2005/06; its neighbour is in much better health.

A decision to drop down to the Bedford & District League in 1986 proved to be catalyst for an upturn in United’s fortunes over the next decade, and the club returned to the South Midlands League in 1996, and finally achieved senior status the following year. With the help of the local council a new stand was erected and perimeter fencing installed. These developments were followed two years later by floodlights which were inaugurated on 26 October 1999. The club won promotion to the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League in 2005, competing on level terms with its better known neighbour.

Second Meadow is a relatively modest but well-maintained venue, save for the odd bit of graffitti on the stand. The latter provides the only shelter and about a third of has rudimentary arrangements for seating created from some additional brickwork. It is flanked by the two dugouts, which are painted in different colour schemes for the home and away sides. The largely claret coloured dugout one presumes, approximates to United’s current red strip. Set back behind one goal is a well appointed clubhouse with views on to the pitch, and a small car park. DB