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

Wroxham FC

Trafford Park, Skinners Lane, Wroxham, Norfolk NR12 8SJ
Telephone: 01603 783538
Nickname: The Yachtsmen
Eastern Counties League

Note Wroxham FC was formed in 1892 by Mr GE Preston and in the early days played in distinctive pink and black colours, rather than the club’s royal and blue and white strip that is worn today. Since its formation the club has played on a number of grounds, all leased from local land-owners the Trafford family. The first pitch was just off Norwich Road and subsequent grounds were at The Avenue and Keys Hill. The Avenue ground has now reverted back to agricultural use, whilst the others have been built upon.

Around the time of WW2, the club moved to a field close to the railway line in Skinners Lane, taking with them an old timber pavilion that was erected and used as a primitive clubhouse until it was replaced by pre-fabricated buildings some 15 years later.

The early part of the 1990s saw significant developments at Trafford Park. The main stand, just to one side of the half-way line on the near side of the ground, is of low part-timber construction and was built in 1990. With its five roof supports and smart fascia, it looks older and replaced an earlier structure that had stood on the same site for around 10 years. There is a single row of seats with a long bench and room for standing behind.

Floodlights and a new post and rail also arrived in the early 1990s; whilst a new clubhouse was built in 1994. This brick-built building is well-appointed and its pitched roof provides additional cover via an overhang to that provided by the main stand opposite.  DB