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

Sticker AFC

Burngullow Park, Burngullow Lane, Sticker, St. Austell, Cornwall PL26 7EW
Telephone: 01726 63186 (Secretary)
Nickname:
East Cornwall Premier League
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Note West of St. Austell off the A390, the earliest documented evidence of a club in the village of Sticker is 1911. At that time the club colours were black and amber (as opposed to the current yellow & royal blue), a combination which was used right through the various years that football was played in the village, and indeed used in the earlier years of the present set up. The 1911 team continued until 1914 when the Great War intervened.

Sticker AFC was reformed for the start of the 1920-21 season in the St Austell and District league, only to disband for a second time in 1929 and reform again four years later. The club Treasurer, Bill Kendall was the village postman and the post office was situated on its present site in the village square. Opposite the post office was a small hut where Mr Bill May carried on a shoe repair business. This hut was used as a changing room on match days and the players walked up to the pitch at the top of the hill. Unfortunately war intervened for a second time and caused another disbandment.

The club reformed again in 1948, playing at Trelowth, and the entrance to the ground was on the sharp left hand corner just before Trelowth village, and has now been built up. At the end of the 1951-52 season the club folded yet again but was reborn some fourteen years later, with the first two years spent on the sloping field next to the old police station before the move to the current ground in 1968.

The ground itself is rather less interesting than the club history (more of which on the Sticker website). There is a small area of cover in front of what appears to be a storage building, whilst there is a decent clubhouse behind the near goal. As one might expect, the setting is very rural. DB