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

Tadcaster Albion FC

The Park, Ings Lane, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9AY
Telephone: 01937 834119
Nickname: The Brewers
Northern Counties East League

Note Founded in 1936, The Park has always been home to the more senior of Tadcaster’s two clubs, and is tucked away behind the famous John Smith’s Brewery, one of three in the town (hence the club’s obvious nickname). Whilst it is difficult to miss the brewery, I have to confess that I found the ground, which is located down Ings Lane, rather hard to find despite being almost right on top of it, and had to ask a couple of locals. In Dan Braddock’s pic below, the huge brewery chimney is clearly visible, indicating just how close it is.

Until fairly recently (and not shown in the most recent of these pics, taken in October 2005) there was no seating at the ground. However, since Dan and I visited a seated stand - the Ken Gilbertson Stand - has been erected behind one of the goals (see pic on club website). Being one of the now ubiquitous Arena Seating designs, it is not much of an improvement in my opinion and certainly not ideally placed. Alternating red & blue paint (the old club colours) decorates the perimeter rail and also the numerous pillars that support the roof on the clubhouse building. This incorporates a few steps of terracing for spectators. When Dan visited you will see that the laundry had just been done! However, considering the club now plays in yellow & navy I am not quite sure why red & blue was chosen for the seats in the new stand. DB