Getting to know: Belper Town FC

Deep in the countrysides of Derbyshire is a town called Belper, and since 1883 this has been the home of Belper Town FC known affectionately by the locals as “The Nailers”.

Despite this long club history, the journey of Belper has been definitely not been smooth sailing, going out of existence three times due to financial issues. The Club reformed, possibly for the fourth time, in 1951 and took up residence at the current ground at Christchurch Meadow.

In 1986, ‘The Nailers’ purchased their ground and has afforded the club the security of tenure over its facilities ever since, meaning that in theory Belper should never have to disappear again.

The club has made many improvements in recent seasons, including new dressing rooms and conference facilities built in 1999. In 2003, the club opened a new 500-seater stand to bring the stadium up to Northern Premier League Premier Division standard and beyond. New floodlights were installed in 2014 at a cost of £76,000 these new floodlights are of Vanarama National League standard. This all means that Belper have a solid base so that the team and the local community can prosper.

‘The Nailers’ are committed to being a large part of their local community, launching the ‘Belper Town in the community’ scheme that allows kids from Belper and beyond to socialize, stay healthy and develop in a safe and organized environment.

This commitment to their local area, is the main reason why Belper run youth teams for both male and female kids all the way from under 8’s upwards. Furthermore because of this, Belper Town has achieved The FA’s Charter Standard “Community” award, which is the highest level of Charter Standard award.

On the pitch, Belper are currently sat 9th in the Northern Premier League Division One East, a significant improvement from their finish of 16th last season, therefore the management team of Grant Black and assistant former fans’ favourite Mick Norbury that were installed at the beginning of the 2018/19 season could call their first season successful and will look to push on next year.

From everyone at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ we’d just like to wish everyone at Belper all the best for the coming season.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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