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

Staveley Miners Welfare FC

Inkersall Road, Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 3JL
Telephone: 01246 471441
Nickname: The Welfare
Northern Counties East League

Note Despite football having been played in Staveley for well over a hundred years (a Staveley side beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 in the FA Cup in 1883), the present club dates from 1962 when it was formed at nearby Barrow Hill under the name, Nag’s Head FC. Although a Sunday side in those early days, a Saturday side was formed in 1989 at the clubs current home at Inkersall Road. After entering the Central Midlands League in 1993, the club continued its rise up the Pyramid and met the necessary grading requirements in order to be accepted into the Northern Counties East League four years later.

The club has had its ups and downs on the pitch since but Inkersall Road has been developed into a pleasing, well-maintained venue. The main stand is set slightly back from the touchline and although not that steeply tiered, its cantilever design ensures a reasonably good view from its 220 wooden seats (did these have any earlier life somewhere? Hillsborough perhaps?). Further cover is provided from a terraced area behind the near goal: again set back, and affording a good view from an elevated position. The clubhouse is behind the near goal, along with a couple of stacked Portakabins, which presumably were a temporary measure at the time of my visit (August 2005). DB