Grounds

Higham Lane Enclosure

Possibly near the junction with Old Hinckley Road (exact location unknown).

 

Season: 1889/90 – Nuneaton St.Nicholas’s first ground.

 

Brief facts: Another town team, Nuneaton Utd, used a ground in Higham Lane, possibly the same one, prior to World War 1.

Newdegate Arms Ground

Approximately where the bus station / multi storey car park now stands.

 

Season: 1890/91 – Played first 2 games at Newdegate Arms Ground before moving to land behind the Rose Inn, then 1908/9 to 1914/15.

 

Brief Facts: This was Nuneaton’s principal sports ground prior to the First World War. It was a fenced off multi-purpose facility and featured a grandstand, a football pitch with a raised track around it as well as a rugby pitch. Over the years it also hosted cricket, athletics and show jumping.

Rose Inn Ground

Behind the current Rose Inn Pub on Coton Road

 

Seasons: 1890/91 to 1891/92 , then 1896/97 to 1898/99.

 

Brief Facts: Entrance gates in Dugdale St ,Coton Rd and latterly Rose Lane. Featured a grandstand and surrounded by canvas screens.

Dafferns Field

What was then known as Arbury Rd (later re-named Queens Rd), believed to be around the Bracebridge St / Marlborough Rd area.

 

Seasons: 1892/93 to 1895/96, then 1899/00, then 1903/04 to 1907/08 (by now road re-named as Queens Rd).

 

Brief Facts: Considerable slope and the pitch waterlogged easily. Grandstand, a corrugated iron fence and an enclosed pay box erected.

Edward Street

Edward St, next to the old Rose Inn Ground

 

Seasons: 1901/02 to 1902/03.

 

Brief Facts: Ground use was secured from Mr. A Jeffcoate for one guinea.

Manor Park

Adjacent to Cock and Bear Bridge, Croft Rd (originally the land was known as Wash Lane Farm).

 

Seasons: 1919/20 to 2006/7.

 

Brief Facts: In 1919 Wash Lane Farm was purchased and part of it sold off to the football club for £2,300. In 1920 there were a series of ground improvements, costing another £3,000. These included a ‘dutch barn’ seated grandstand and dressing rooms being built, the pitch was turned 90 degrees, a corrugated iron perimeter fence and a covered shelter on the canal side were added giving a capacity of 10,000. Tennis courts were also laid out to try and bring sport to the site in the summer months.

 

Other sporting events hosted at Manor Park were boxing, and a charity cricket match.

Liberty Way

Liberty Way, Attleborough Fields Industrial Estate.

 

Seasons: 2007/08 to present.

 

Brief Facts: Ground originally shared with Nuneaton Rugby Club.

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