Nuneaton Borough v Darlington

Saturday 23rd March 2019, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

Nuneaton Borough FC:
Liberty Way, Nuneaton, Warks, CV11 6RR. Tel: 02476 385 738.
Twitter: @Official_NTFC

History: The original Nuneaton club was formed in 1889 and played in various Birmingham and Midlands leagues until being wound up in 1937. Nuneaton Borough was then formed. The club enjoyed some success - including league titles in the Southern League divisions in the 1980s and 1990s. The club's undoubted lowest point came in 2008 when it went into liquidation - it had sold its old ground, was in debt and faced two demotions. Eventually, under the new name, the re-formed Nuneaton Town, promotions included a return to the Conference in the 2011/12 season for the first time in a decade in the play-offs. But 2014/15 saw Boro finish bottom and relegation back to the Conference North. The club shares its Liberty Way home with Nuneaton RFC. If any of this history sounds familiar.
Record Attendance: 3,480 v Luton Town (2014, Conference Premier). At Manor Park 22,114 v Rotherham (FA Cup 3rd Rd 1967).
Capacity: 4,600 (514 seats)
Last season: 13th
Honours: Southern League Division One (Midlands) runners up and play-off winners 2008-09; Southern League Prem Div runners up and play-off winners 2009-10; Conference North play-off winners 2011-12. As Borough: Southern League Premier champions 1998-99; Southern Midland champions 1981-82, 1992-93, 1995-96; Conference Premier runners up 1983-84, 1984-85; Conference North runners up 2004-05
Record victory: 19-0 v Mancetter Wanderers (1902).
Defeat: 18 v Hereford Utd (FA Cup, 1955)
Nickname: The Boro
Colours: Blue and white
Manager: Nicky Eaden
Chairman: Lee Thorn

Click here for streetmaps of the Nuneaton Town ground.

Admission prices (2018/19) Adult tickets have dropped to 12, with concessions (over 60 and NUS) reduced to 10, though they will need to provide ID. Under 16's 3; Under 11's free if accompanied by a paying adult. Away fans are given the Loans 2 Go Stand. The visitors' turnstiles are the first ones you come to on your left as you enter through the main gates.

From the North (M1): (From Darlington - 165miles, approx 3hrs). Leave the M1 at Junction 21 and take the M69 towards Coventry. Leave the M69 at Junction 1 and take the A5 towards Nuneaton/Tamworth. Carry straight on over three roundabouts and after passing an Aldi supermarket on the right and The Longshoot pub on the left, take the next left at the traffic lights onto the A47 towards Nuneaton. At the next roundabout turn left (1st exit) onto the A4254 (signposted Coventry / Bedworth). At the next roundabout turn right into Townsend Drive (signposted Nuneaton RFC / Attleborough Fields Industrial Estate). Then turn first right into Liberty Way for the stadium.

Parking At the ground it costs 2 for cars, 5 for minibuses and 10 for coaches. Parking is also available on an industrial estate next door.

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach 10am; fare: 20. Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat. Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

A2Z Taxis Tel: 024 7638 1115
Budget Taxis 024 7610 1401
Crown Taxis 024 7610 1401
Arrow Taxis 024 7610 1401

There is a taxi rank at the bus station in the town centre or at the railway station.

The stadium is around two miles from Nuneaton station (35 minute walk, or taxi recommended). It's on an industrial estate a bit of a way outside the town centre.

Directions (Gulp!):Leave the station and turn left along Regent Street and where the road forks keep to the right, cross the road and go slightly down hill. At the next traffic lights turn left into Vicarage Street (signposted A444 Attleborough / Bulkington). Keep going along this road passing the police station on your left. At the next roundabout with the church on the corner turn left onto Church Street (signposted B4114 towards Attleborough). After passing a park on your right and then walk under a railway bridge; sraight on at the mini roundabout by the Chinese takeaway into Attleborough Road. Along here, take a left into Park Street and across into William Street. When you pass the old Crystal Palace pub on the left, you will come to a subway under the railway. This takes you onto the industrial estate - turn right and walk up Kelsey Close and left into Townsend Drive. Follow the road to the roundabout and then a left turn to Nuneaton RFC and through the carpark into Liberty Way for the stadium.

The official site is pretty good for club and visiting fans' information.

Nuneaton is the largest town in Warwickshire. The birthplace of George Eliot and Ken Loach, also the place where Larry Grayson lived and died.

Nuneaton News
Things to do in Nuneaton
Art and culture in Nuneaton

At the ground:

Legends Lounge - Nuneaton Town/RFC Social Club
NB: Unfortuntely for this match with segregation in place, visiting fans will not be allowed in. But...

Nuneaton RFC Liberty Way, Nuneaton CV11 6RR

Darlo fans are welcome to use Nuneaton rugby club's clubhouse, next door to the football ground.

Real ale choice/town centre:

Lord Hop, 38 Queens Road/corner of Dugdale Street, Nuneaton CV11 5JX
Further across the town centre but only five minutes walk from the station is this place - a new micropub with four real ales, two real ciders and pub snacks include pork pies. This was our favourite. Well-kept and varied beers. There's an upstairs too. It's at the end of the pedestrianised area, where the Saturday market is. DAFTS recommended.

The Crown 10 Bond Street, Nuneaton, CV11 4BX
CAMRA recommended pub near the station with seven, reasonably-priced real ales, various continental bottled beers. (Ticks enough boxes for a DAFTS recommendation). A free house in a town with a lot of chain pubs. A large pub, which also does bands in the evening. @CrownNuneaton

Pubs near ground/town centre:

The Attleborough Arms, Highfield Road, Attleborough, CV11 4PL
Large Marston's pub, on the walk to the ground. Popular with football fans.

The Fox Inn 11a The Square, Attleborough, Nuneaton, CV11 4JY
Community local serving Marston's ales.

The Felix Holt, 3 Stratford Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5BS.
Wetherspoon's in the town centre, named after novel by local lass George Eliot.

The Acorn, Camborne Drive Nuneaton CV11 6GU
This is north of the ground, off Eastborough Way. A thatched roof, community pub on edge of estate. Serving Banks's beers - and it's another Marston's pub, and serves food. Open from 11.30am.

Others nearby:

Elbow Room Ale and Cider House, 26 Station Road, Hinckley LE10 1AW
This is an option, a few minutes away on the train and an easy stroll from the station. A micro pub with a great selection of ales, ciders and perries. DAFTS recommended.

Also Pete Stockill's local, The Bulls Head at Wolvey (three miles from Nuneaton) is excellent for food and is just south of the M69/A5 junction. Nuneaton is 30 minutes by train from Birmingham New Street, which is another drinking option.

There is a good range of pies, snacks, coffees and teas - only one snack bar was open, nearest to the turnstiles as we came in.