Gedling MW are celebrating their 100 years in 2019!
Here at Notts FA we are excited for local club Gedling Miners Welfare who this year are celebrating their clubs 100th birthday!
Gedling have had a lot of people involved in the club over the past 100 years and will be hosting a series of celebration and thank you events throughout the season – keep an eye on our social media platforms in upcoming weeks for more information.
Their club formed in 1919 as a Gedling Colliery side, they finished their first season in a successful 3rd place in the Alliance Football league and won the League Cup by defeating local side Sneinton FC (now Carlton Town FC) 1 – 0.
Gedling have had a number of successes over their history including record breaking crowds of 10,000.
In 1954 Gedling entered the FA Amateur Cup where they entertained one of the top sides of the time. Pegasus were the visitors to Plains Road in 1954 and temporary stands were erected all around the Ground to house a crowd of 7,000 plus.
Two Seasons later (1956) Bishop Auckland visited. The Police put a limit of 10,000 on the Gate. Gedling lost the match 4 - 1 to the best amateur team in the country, having missed a penalty at a crucial point in the game. The ‘Bishops’ had six amateur England Internationals on show and the most famous being Bob Hardisty who was the Captain of England. The staggering record attendance at Plains Road, will surely never again be surpassed by a Nottinghamshire amateur Club.
Over the years their ground has seen a remarkable transformation from virtually a ‘Parks Pitch’ to what is now probably the best amateur ground in the area. Since the floodlights, fencing and hard standing was installed, it has had a profound effect on the Club. However they remain immensely proud of their mining history.
Gedling kicked this off their centenary year with a major sponsorship deal with Keepmoat Homes who are regenerating the former pit site so closely associated with the club. This week we presented them with a framed shirt to be displayed at their Gedling site office.
Quote from Tony Hay "Gedling are celebrating their 100th year as a football club in 2019 and most of that time they have had strong links to the colliery and seems only fitting as we do celebrate our centenary that we have sponsorship from a company looking to regenerate the former PIT site , especially with such a responsible business as Keepmoat Homes and their strategic commitment to support local community projects around the sites they redevelop. The funding and support we have received from Keepmoat really does help the club survive is local football and we hope this will be a longstanding relationship that benefits not only Gedling MW and Keepmoat Homes but the wider local community"
Posting on the Gedling Website around the launch - click here
We wish Gedling all the success for their celebratory season and hope you can join their celebrations at some point throughout the year.