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

Meir KA FC / Stone Dominoes FC

Hilderstone Road, Meir Heath, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 7NY
Telephone: 07888 750532 (Meir KA) / 01782 388465 (Stone Dominoes)

Meir KA (King’s Arms) FC
Midland Football Combination

Stone Dominoes FC
Nickname: Doms
North West Counties League

Note As you will note from the credits on the photographs below, this is not a ground I have actually visited (yet), but to avoid confusion it is worth repeating some of the valuable information found within Colin Peel & Mick Blakeman’s excellent “Staffs & Shrops” Guide.

On their official website, Meir KA refer to the ground as Kings Park, and indeed originally held the lease to the ground. However, unable to secure permission at their ground in Yarnfield, Stone Dominoes FC took over the lease and re-christened the ground Springbank Stadium (after their principal sponsor, which is why I refer to it simply as Hilderstone Road here to avoid changing it again later). According to Peel & Blakeman the Doms spent around £60,000 upgrading Hilderstone Road before moving in during the 2001/02 season, but having done so have erected some very low level structures, with most of the seats behind the goal. The pavilion is the only recognisable part of the old Meir ground that still survives.

The Dominoes in the bottom photograph are actually located at the Club’s headquarters at Yarnfield in Stone itself, and indicate the year of the Club’s formation: 1987, whilst the plaque states “Stone Dominoes FC - Founded on Truth”. The unusual club name is a corruption of the orginal boys’ team - St. Dominic’s Church Scout Group - from which the original team was formed, with the boys themselves choosing the name. DB