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

Oadby Town FC

Topps Park, Wigston Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5QG
Telephone: 0116 271 5728
Nickname: The Poachers
Midland Football Alliance
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Note Originally founded in 1939 as Oadby Imperial FC, the new club survived WW2 and in 1951 changed its name to Oadby Town. The club finally joined the Midland Alliance in 1999 after winning the Leicestershire Senior League three times in succession, and eight in total. Their first season at a higher level resulted in a championship title, whilst in recent years Oadby reached the semi-final of the FA Vase in 2002/03, losing over two legs to eventual winners Brigg Town.

The Poachers’ Wigton Road ground (previously named Invicta Park) has been in existance since about 1948 and was purchased from a local farmer in the 1960s. The original clubhouse previously saw service as part of a POW camp in Leicester, and was extended in the 1970s before being replaced in 1990. This is situated behind the near goal, with windows looking out towards the playing area. At the time of my visit there was talk about replacing the old stand, which runs along the left-hand touchline. In recent years this corrugated iron structure has seen a combination of benches and saddle-type seats added. The end walls have also been removed, whilst a name board is a further addition. The roof fascia is thoughtfully angled downwards to afford added protection from the elements. The dugouts stand on the opposite touchline, with the home dugout larger than that of the visitors. DB