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

Colne FC

Holt House Stadium, Colne, Lancashire
Telephone: 01282 862545
North West Counties League

Note As many Non League aficionados will be aware Holt House bore witness to a dramatic rise up the Pyramid that it was unable to keep pace with, as the Conference refused to admit the full-time professionals of Colne Dynamoes, after the club had racked up three successive championships and an FA Vase triumph in the late 1980s.

As Kerry Miller writes, Holt House, which sits high above the Lancashire town of Colne, was originally a large area with a number of pitches, one of which was home to the Dynamoes club. Dynamoes shared Nelsonís old ground at Seedhill for a short period, before moving back to Holt House, playing on the pitch where the ground now stands. The ground was enclosed for the first time in 1975 when the club joined the Lancashire Combination. At this time the area was shared with cricket, and grading difficulties arose when the Lancs Combination became the NW Counties League in 1982 as the club was unable to comply.

The next three years however, saw rapid development, with three covered areas, new dressing rooms, and floodlights all in place by 1985. A new stand was built the following year and in 1987/88 Dynamoes won the FA Vase and also took the League title, and with it promotion to Division One of the Northern Premier League. Further developments followed as the club became full-time, and won promotion as champions in 1988/89. A third successive championship followed but despite all of the developments Holt House was still unable to meet Conference grading requirements, and the club folded during the close season.

Fortunately Colne Royal British Legion FC took over the ground, until they too resigned from the East Lancs League in 1995 and the newly formed Colne FC became the grounds third residents on their formation in 1996. DB