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

Buxton FC

The Silverlands, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6QH
Telephone: 01298 24733
Nickname: The Bucks
Northern Premier League

Formed as an offshoot of the town's cricket club, Buxton FC began life in the autumn of 1877. The first game took place on Saturday 27 October, at The Park (still the home of the cricket club) when 14 members picked sides for a 7-a-side match. In the next few years, the club played its home matches in fields at Cote Heath, off London Road and at Green Lane before moving to its current ground at the Silverlands in 1884, then a field owned by Frank Drewry, the club's first captain. The first game there was a Derbyshire Cup tie on Saturday 1 November when "the Bucks" defeated Bakewell 2-0.

As early as 1885 there were plans for a cover to encourage ladies to the ground, but this was not built until 1890, along with the dressing rooms that are now housed under the main stand. The latter dates from 1965 and replaced an earlier wooden structure that stood on the same spot. It affords a good view of the countryside beyond the ground, although the view of the actual pitch is somewhat restricted. Opposite, on the ‘Popular Side’ is a length of cover with shallow steps that runs the length of the touchline. There is a further area of covered terrace behind the near goal, with the clubhouse adjacent. The far end is uncovered and somewhat nondescript. There was originally a banked terrace at this end which was swept away to make way for an access road to new housing.

The club website proudly boasts that, at 1,000 feet above sea level, the ground is the highest in the English Pyramid. Personally, I would be interested to see how high the windswept Ironworks Ground, home of Tow Law Town, is: the latter certainly feels a lot higher. Indeed, it is often said that there is no ground nearer to the moon. DB