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

Calne Town FC

Bremhill View
Calne
Wiltshire
SN11 9EE

Telephone: 01249 816716

Website

Nickname: The Lilywhites

The stand - seating since replaced

The dugouts - now relocated on the opposite touchline

The Pavilion - a refreshment area has now been added, where the hatch is visible on the right of the doors

Another view of the Pavilion - ignore the dugouts!

Main gate

Calne Town FC is one of the oldest clubs in Wiltshire, having been founded in 1886. They played in the centre of the town at the Recreation Ground and in 1920 amalgamated with Harris FC to become Calne and Harris United FC. The Harris in the name came from the bacon factory that dominated the skyline in the middle of Calne. The name remained the same until the early 1960s when the original name of Calne Town was readopted. At the same time the club relocated to its current home at Bremhill View where there was more scope to improve facilities.

Throughout the first hundred years of its existence Calne played in local Wiltshire leagues and enjoyed limited success, but in 1985/86 a new committee was formed with the objective of bringing a higher standard of football to Bremhill View. The following season, in the club's centenary year, Calne's application to join the Western League was accepted. After several years in Division One, the club gained promotion in 1992/93 as runners-up.

1997/98 saw Calne enjoy their best run in the FA Cup, eventually losing out to Basingstoke Town in a 3rd Qualifying Round replay. Unfortunately relegation back to Division One followed in 1998/99, where Calne have remained.

In recent years there has been uncertainty about the future of Bremhill View.

In the autumn of 1998 the Club was informed by the Town Council that the land on which the ground stood was to be sold for housing development. Several possibilities as regards re-location were discussed but finally, with the collapse of the Town Council's proposed Lower Beversbrook multi-sports complex, the Club decided to search for a site of its own. Having located one, the proposition sadly failed at the planning application stage.

Calne were then informed of the possibility of some land (about 70 acres) being available for purchase at nearby Beversbrook and, after lengthy negotiations and a survey of the land, ambitious plans were drawn up, including provision of a 500 seat stand and pitches for several youth and schoolboy teams.

The land was purchased by Calne Town Council and a partnership application for funding between Calne Town Council and the football club was due to be submitted to the Football Foundation, together with an outline planning application, by the end of the summer in 2003. This did not come about, and the situation changed dramatically with the local elections of May 2004. A new council reviewed the project and decided not to sell Bremhill View, but to still press ahead with the Beversbrook project. Outline plans have been drawn up which offer much of the proposed facilities, and the Club has been told that a planning application is pending.

Thus for the time being at least Calne Town will continue to play at Bremhill View. Since the photographs on this page were taken in 2003 some changes have taken place. The most obvious of these is that the smart uPVC dugouts have now been relocated to the opposite touchline. The Calne Social Club stands here, but is no longer used by the football club, with the nearby ‘North Star’ now fulfilling this purpose. Since the re-siting of the dugouts, supporters using the stand now have a much better view of the pitch.

The Pavilion, which along with the main stand, is located on the far touchline, has been developed and now incorporates refreshment and hospitality facilities; whilst there have also been changes to the seating in the stand, with it’s concrete cantilver-style roof, and the club name picked out on its rear wall by the Club’s current Treasurer / Programme Editor Jacky Drake.

Club history adapted from the official website (see link above).

Ground details
Capacity: 2,500
Seats: 78
Floodlights: Yes

Directions
Take A4 to Calne from Chippenham, on approaching Calne turn left at the first roundabout on to A3102 Calne bypass. At the next roundabout turn right, next left and then right and right again.