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

Holmer Green FC

Holmer Green Sports Association, Watchet Lane, Holmer Green, Bucks
Telephone:01494 711485
Spartan South Midlands League

Note Holmer Green FC was founded in 1908 and home matches were first played at Camphells Meadow (now the Rosetti Estate), before moving to The Common and headquarters in the Bat and Ball. In 1975 progress continued off the field as the Club relocated to the new Holmer Green Sports Association complex at Watchet Lane. The Club received recognition for the excellent facilities when Wycombe Wanderers decided to use the ground as their training headquarters. In addition, the England Youth Team, the England ladies Team and several International Under 21 sides have all used Holmer Green as their base when in the area.

Although Iím not a great fan of green for football colours, it all makes perfect sense when one visits a ground that is surrounded by trees, with the opportunity for painting structures to blend in with the background. Holmer Green have made good use of this opportunity and the ground is a very pleasant and well-kept venue, albeit set some way from the main clubhouse facilities at present. The wooden stand has a couple of benches in its centre, but is essentially provides shelter rather than seating. It has a nice fascia board and dates from 1995, having been built following the clubís acceptance into the South Midlands League. The remainder of the ground is uncovered, although there is grass banking and a bench behind the near goal. The dugouts (painted green, naturally) respectfully ask the occupants to refrain from swearing, and there is a similar message on the rear, reminding local youths (presumably) not to climb on them. DB