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

Paulton Rovers AFC

Athletic Ground
Winterfield Road
Paulton
Somerset

Telephone: 01761 412907

Website

Nickname: Rovers

View from top corner

Main stand

Near goal and clubhouse

Covered terrace on far side

Since the Club’s formation in 1881 several grounds in the area have been home to Paulton Rovers FC, including the Chapel Field, and the Cricket Ground, and for a couple of seasons after the War, the Recreation Ground in the village. The club crest with two crossed hammers is a reminder of the industrial heritage of the area, mining in particular, as is the old colliery tip which stands in the distance behind the far goal.

It is not actually known exactly how long the Club has been based at its current home in Winterfield Road, but the ground began to take shape in 1967, when the Club bought an old RAF hut, re-erected it on the site, and were granted a licence.

Soon afterwards plans were drawn up to obtain a mortgage to fund the building of bigger premises, which included a skittle alley. To achieve this the pitch was turned round 90 degrees to its present position and the clubhouse was built roughly where one of the penalty areas was before.

A new changing room block was built behind the old covered enclosure near the half way line in 1972, and the clubhouse was further extended. In recent years the premises and ground have been improved immensely with the aim of promotion from the Western League, which was achieved at the end of the 2003/04 season.

There is a covered stand adjacent to the clubhouse and dressing rooms, which is itself fronted by a large car park. The 138 seats are reached by steps at either end of the stand but although it provides an elevated view, this is not the best due to the design of the building. A newer covered shelter stands alongside.

Further covered terracing runs behind the near goal, and part way along the far touchline, incorporating the two dugouts. The terrace behind the goal is raised a few feet above pitch level and provides an excellent vantage point. There is an interesting slightly barrelled roof painted in the club’s claret colours but from an aesthetic point of view however, the predominant grey brick construction leaves something to be desired and is rather drab.

The remainder of the ground is uncovered but has hard standing.

Ground details
Capacity: 5,000
Seats: 253
Floodlights: Yes

Directions
From the A39 at Farrington Gurney, follow the A362 marked Radstock for two miles. Turn left at the roundabout and take the B3355 to Paulton. Ground is on the right.

 

Far goal

Car park and clubhouse