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

Brodsworth Welfare AFC

Welfare Ground, Woodlands, Doncaster, Yorkshire DN8 5NP
Telephone: 01302 728380
Nickname: Broddy
Northern Counties East League
Website: None

Note Broddy were originally formed as Brodsworth Main FC in 1912, named after the local colliery, and changed their name to Brodsworth Miners Welfare FC in 1963. In recent years the reference to Miners in the club name has been dropped. The club has played at Woodlands since 1924, when it was known as Woodlands East. Financial problems, and more recently, vandalism hs dogged the club but it has persevered to make improvements to the ground. This policy has paid off and Woodlands now hosts Doncaster Belles home games, and has also attracted the likes of Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town for friendlies. A further area of cover behind far goal was opened in 2002, providing additional shelter to the main stand which straddles the half-way line and has bench seating. This is of a simple yet unusual design, and is cut into the grass bank. Of further interest are the dugouts, which have curved rear walls. At the time of my visit the ground was painted in the clubís old pale blue and yellow colours, but the inside of the home dugout has since received a navy blue and white paint-job to reflect a change in the club kit. DB