The football club was founded in 1985 as Shirebrook Colliery, and joined the Central Midlands League. In 1985–86 they won the Senior Division, and were promoted to Division One. In their first season in Division One, they finished second and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1993 the club changed its name to Shirebrook Town. They won the Supreme Division of the Central Midlands League in 2000–01, but were not promoted due to ground grading issues. The following season they won the league again, and this time were promoted to the First Division of the Northern Counties East League. After finishing as runners-up in their first season, they were not promoted again due to ground issues. However, the following season (2003–04) they won Division One, and were promoted to the Premier Division, where they remained until 2010. The club was relegated back to Division One at the end of the 2009–10 season.
A Tuesday evening jaunt to Langwith Road saw a late afternoon arrival at the ground. Being allowed a short opportunity to access the ground at the time was a bonus and facilitated some daylight photographs. This in turn allowed plenty of time to explore the town consisting of old buildings reflecting an earlier mining history mixed with newly built dwellings more akin with current society. I was also able to spend some time at The Gate where real ale from the Nottingham based Castle Rock Brewery is available and was enjoyed.
The railway station is very close to Langwith Road and for a midweek fixture, without too many delays, the 21:41 service to Nottingham or even better, the 21:47 service to Worksop, are conveniently timed. There is a social club outside the ground, which I assume is open at times other than when there is a football match being staged.
There are two covered seated stands along one side of the ground. Along the opposite side is a building which houses the hospitality area for directors and visiting officials and a general refreshment area where this Pieman enjoyed a delicious chip cob. The remainder of this side contains a shallow covered standing area, half of which was out of action for this match, although it was hard to see why. At one end of the ground there is just flat hard standing with similar at the other end which also incorporates the changing facilities (opened by Ray Wilson in 2004) and toilet block.
I will admit to being a bit confused at first as to the identity of the teams. The corner flags were orange and so I decided that the team wearing that colour was Shirebrook Town. Accordingly, I was a little surprised to see what I thought was bottom placed Lincoln Moorlands Railway, race into a two goal lead. It was some time later that I realised the match was going to form and it was in fact the away team that were attired in Orange. Shirebrook Town are having a decent season and had won their previous match 4-1.
At half time the home side had established a 3-1 lead and a further goal ensured a repeat of the previous result. The admission price of £4:00 represents extremely good value for senior football and the catering on offer at the ground, along with the friendly welcome received, added up to a decent evening out.
Programme: £1:00 (16 pages)
Chip Cob: £1:25