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

Christchurch FC

Hurn Bridge Sports Ground, Avon Causeway, Hurn, Dorset BH23 6AH
Telephone: 01202 482442
Nickname: The Priory
Wessex League

Note Christchurch FC joined the Wessex League in 1987 season, three years after vacating their old town centre ground in Barrack Road. The club accepted an offer by the local council to relocate to Hurn Bridge, not far from Bournemouth Airport and formerly owned by British Aerospace. A clubhouse was already present on the site, and the ground was further improved, including floodlights and covered accommodation. At the start of the 1995/96 season, the club built a new 200 seat cantilever stand and made other ground improvements to meet the grading requirements. More recently a press box has been added, along with additional seating for club officials.

Hurn Bridge is a delightful venue, with lots of open space on the two undeveloped sides of the ground, and surrounded by tall trees. The clubhouse is set back at an angle from the pitch behind the near goal, but has an overhanging roof; whilst further cover is provided immediately behind the goal by a newer brick built building, again with an overhang - The William Pickford stand. The aforementioned main stand is along the touchline to the left and provides a good unimpeded view; whilst the small metal dugouts, that remarkably seat nine persons, are opposite. DB