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The present club is relatively young, and formed as recently as 1985 from the merger of Stocksbridge Works FC and Oxley Park FC. Bracken Moor, and the cricket field above, had been sports fields since the beginning of the last century. Up until the outbreak of WW2, the current pitch was in fact a cricket pitch with a pronounced slope, with two football pitches marked out on it

 

The ground was purchased by the Social Services section of Samuel Fox Steelmakers after the war, and work began on transforming it. The banks that extend from behind the near goal to along the touchline and beyond were created in around 1950 as the result of a massive leveling exercise. Whilst work was in progress and for a while afterwards, the old club moved up the lane to a field at Stonemoor.

 

The current stone-built changing rooms were built in 1964, and replaced a small green hut. The impressive main stand, which appears built into the banking, was erected at around the same time. More recently, seating that formerly did service at Hillsborough has been added to the stand, with Sheffield Wednesday FC also offering advice about installation as well.

 

Terracing was laid down at around the same time that the stand was constructed.

Floodlights arrived at Bracken Moor in 1990; whilst the terracing at the Bracken Moor Lane End was partially covered in 1994 to meet grading requirements, only for the club to be controversially refused promotion into the Northern Premier League and having to wait a further two seasons before finally being allowed in.

 

The fact that the football club shares one side of the pitch with Stocksbridge Works Cricket Club means that the Steels had to build a temporary 1.80 metre fence (funded by local sponsors and through pre-season friendlies with Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday) to gain promotion. The fence is taken down for the cricket season and indeed a cricket match was in progress when I visited in August 2006.

Whether the fact that Bracken Moor is a three-sided ground or not, is of no real importance to the average fan ... even if it is to those who write grading regulations. What is not in dispute however, is that it is undeniably one of the best venues of its kind. The stand, with is protective overhang projecting from the fascia, is a gem and the blue and yellow wooden seats from Hillborough look perfectly at home within.

 

Look Local Stadium,  Bracken Moor Lane,  Stocksbridge,  Sheffield, S36 2AN.                                                   

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