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

Solihull Borough FC
Moor Green FC currently groundsharing

Damson Park, Damson Parkway, Solihull, West Midlands B91 2PP
Telephone: 0121 705 6770
Nickname: Boro
Southern League

Note Solihull Borough FC was formed in 1953 by servicemen who had returned from serving overseas. The first headquarters were in the suburb of Olton, and the Club was known originally as Lincoln FC. In 1989 finances saw the club forced to sell their Widney Lane ground to property developers but a proposed relocation to the Lucas Sports Ground in Streetsbrook Road fell through. A groundshare was quickly agreed with at local neighbours Moor Green and this agreement was to last for ten years. Ironically, the favour is now being returned following two major fires at the Moorlands.  Redditch United was to become another temporary home after plans for a new stadium at Tanworth Lane were rejected by the Secretary of State. However, after 36 rejected planning applications to the local council, the Club finally ended its long search for a ground in Solihull with the purchase of the site at Damson Parkway. Solihull moved into the former golf driving range and nightclub, close to Birmingham airport and the Landrover factory in August 1999 and commenced playing at Damson Park in time for the start of the 2000/01 season.

I suspect that Boro’s long wait for a ground may have been a blessing in disguise. The playing surface is excellent; and the club appears to have been very ingenious in constructing new spectator facilities onto the old nightclub building. The new clubhouse and conference suite is first rate with the entrance bedecked in all sorts of football paraphernalia. More pragmatically, it is also a valuable source of additional income for the club. Four rows of seating provide covered accommodation for spectators, who can also watch from the bar area behind glass if desired. Above is a viewing gantry, presumably reserved for Club and visiting officials. In front of the stand, the two dugouts are slightly recessed. Further cover is provided by a clever conversion of the old driving range behind the near goal and again, is quite smart: of brick and steel construction, and with an angled roof. As yet the other two sides of the ground remain undeveloped, save for the provision of hard standing. Damson Park serves as a fitting reminder of the reward for years of patience, hard work and tenacity. DB