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Eagles To Say Goodbye To Gedling Road

31st March, 2008

Arnold Town bid farewell to their Gedling Road home when they entertain Selby Town on the 12th of April.

The final game will be marked with the visitors forming a guard of honour for the Arnold team as they emerge from the changing rooms.

The fixture will be the final first team fixture on the ground before the long-awaited move to Eagle Valley.

The club are issuing an open invitation to any former players of Arnold FC, Arnold Kingswell, Arnold St Mary's and Arnold Town to attend the game for free.

The first league game at Gedling Road took place over fifty years ago on the 1st of September, 1956.

Arnold Town were formed in 1989 following a merger between the old established Arnold F.C. and Arnold Kingswell.

As the club leave Gedling Road, there will be many fond memories for supporters - young and old.

The club's finest achievements there include two appearances in the FA Cup First Round.

In 1967-68, they were defeated by Bristol Rovers in front of a crowd of 3,390 at Gedling Road and, in 1977-78, Port Vale were the victors but only after a replay.

Another key event in the history of the ground was the record 10-1 victory over Denaby United in October 1994 - Chris Freestone scoring an incredible seven times.

The club have also produced a number of players who have gone into the professional game - Chris Freestone, Devon White, Tris Whitman and most recently Ben Hutchinson who recently moved to Celtic from Middlesbrough just two years after leaving Gedling Road.

The club are due to move to Eagle Valley in August and the complex will play host to the clubs 32 teams and will provide changing rooms, a club house as well as five full size, three junior and two mini grass pitches.

(Story Source: Arnold Town)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Winterton Rangers 38 91 79
P Glapwell 38 78 48
3 Pickering Town 38 73 26
4 Liversedge 38 68 32
5 Nostell Miners Welfare 38 64 17
6 Hallam 38 62 13
7 Selby Town 38 60 24
8 Parkgate 38 58 26
9 Armthorpe Welfare 38 58 4
10 Arnold Town 38 56 5
11 Eccleshill United 38 50 -17
12 Long Eaton United 38 49 -15
13 Brodsworth Welfare (-2) 38 45 -30
14 Mickleover Sports 38 43 -20
15 Shirebrook Town 38 42 -25
16 Thackley 38 40 -21
17 South Normanton Athletic (-3) 38 39 -21
18 Maltby Main 38 36 -20
19 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 38 33 -30
R Glasshoughton Welfare 38 18 -75
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Dinnington Town 32 78 48
P Hall Road Rangers 32 67 23
3 Bottesford Town 32 62 22
4 Rainworth Miners Welfare 32 57 22
5 Scarborough Athletic (-6) 32 55 35
6 Gedling Town 32 55 25
7 Leeds Carnegie 32 55 22
8 Staveley Miners Welfare 32 46 -4
9 Barton Town Old Boys (-3) 32 45 20
10 Teversal 32 42 -8
11 AFC Emley 32 38 -7
12 Tadcaster Albion 32 34 -18
13 Borrowash Victoria 32 30 -27
14 Yorkshire Amateur 32 29 -30
15 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 32 27 -27
16 Rossington Main 32 24 -40
17 Pontefract Collieries 32 9 -56

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