Basingstoke Town Football Club finally has a new home ground at the Winklebury Sports Complex, after over a year of playing their home games at the City Ground in Winchester.
The club were evicted from the Camrose Stadium last year, after a legal dispute with the owner, Rafi Razzak, who intends to sell the land it sits on for development.
The club fought to remain in the stadium they had called their home for more than 70 years, and was an integral part of its history, however were unable to mount a successful appeal and ended up in a groundshare with Winchester City for much of the 2019/20 season.
After the new ground recently received an official Grade D status by the FA and the Southern League, the club played their first game against at the Winklebury Sports Complex against AFC Totton on 24th October, suffering a 3-2 defeat, but bounced back a week later with a 3-0 victory over Mangotsfield FC in their most recent fixture.
Club Chairman, Terry Brown, thanked everyone involved who helped return the football club to its home town, and said that the club would become a “real benefit to the children and residents, young or old of our town, our town united!”
One particular individual he thanked was Katie French, editor of the Basingstoke Gazette who vigorously campaigned to save the Camrose, and was responsible for finding a missing covenant document that states the Camrose must remain as a sports facility until 2053.
On twitter, she described the return to Basingstoke as “a historic moment for Basingstoke FC”.
With the team beginning to settle in at their new home, the future of the club is starting to look brighter, as the Dragons continue their Southern League campaign with a trip away to Highworth Town tomorrow night.