Getting to know: Kidsgrove Athletic FC

Some clubs don’t do a lot for their community, some do more than their fair share. One club that’s looking to do more is today’s ‘getting to know’ Kidsgrove Athletic FC.

It was announced in November last year that the club were exploring ways to renovate the current site of the club at the Autonet Insurance Stadium to create a community hub and become a social centre for the local area, thereby providing more for their community than they already do.
‘The Grove’ currently run junior sides from under 7’s upwards to under 17’s, not bad for a side that was originally formed in December 1952 purely for local men to play in the side. The club are set to host mini tournaments for their junior sides on the first team pitch, an experience we are sure the youngsters won’t forget.

Kidsgrove currently play at Hollinwood Road, a ground which they took a year out of the game in 1961 to build. Having originally played games at the Vickers and Goodwin pitch next to the A50. Improvements to the stadium were made in throughout the 80’s and 90’s such as new floodlights in 1992, which were opened with a game against Stoke City.

On the pitch now, and Kidsgrove do have a long successful history winning a whole host of cups and leagues on their rise from amateur football. They’ve won the North West Counties League twice and the Mid Cheshire League, add this to the 5 Stafforshire Senior Cups and ‘The Grove’ have quite a rich history.

Hollinwood Road, Home of Kidsgrove Athletic FC

In the present day, Kidsgrove have just finished a long campaign in the Evo-Stick Division One West in 10th place, solidly mid-table and have made a drastic improvement on their 18th place finish last season, this along with being one win away from the FA Cup first round shows just what progress is being made.

From everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ we would just like to wish everyone at Kidsgrove all the best for next 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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