Buckland Athletic Football Club
Homers Heath, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 5JU
Match Day Details
Days & TimesSaturday - 3pm
Tuesday - 7.30PM
Admission PricesAdults - £ 6.00
Concessions - £4.00
Buckland Athletic Football Club have come a very long way in 40 short years since they were formed as a junior club for kids to play on a pitch in Sandringham Park in the Torbay Pioneer League writes Kerry Miller.
Senior football came a decade later in the modest environs of the Senior Division Three of the Devon and Exeter League with their home just a couple of goal kicks away from where they are now, at Coach Road with Roy Holmes at the reigns. Homers Lane was next stop and from there it been a steady improvement on and off the field with Homers Heath now widely regarded as one of the best home venues in the Western League. Renowned football grounds magazine Groundtastic rightly rewarded the club with their 'New Stand of the Year' accolade and with a welcoming and busy clubhouse behind them, the club's immediate goal of Southern League football cannot be far away.
With so many clubs forced to take the easy option with regard to ground improvements, Homers Heath looks and feels as if it was designed with spectators in mind - a rare commodity nowadays in the era of the dreaded Arena kit grounds - and greets the eye as soon on entry.
Roy Holmes is now chairman of the club and the family name is well up there with Christine as secretary and Nigel as vice-chairman and they have overseen a fine start to the campaign after an early and frustrating exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Bodmin Town, going eight games unbeaten in the league. Bradford Town brought their unblemished record down from Wiltshire and went away with a victory and after a thrashing at Bridgwater Town and defeat in the St Lukes Bowl at Tiverton, wins at Cribbs and home to Bridport have put Ellis Laight's side back on track.
Commercial manager John Piller acknowledged the loss at Bridgy: "Their supporters said that was the best their side had played for around three seasons, but we have a strong squad and with the league restructuring, two or even three could go up and we intend being one of them. If we don't win the league then second or third could be enough."
The club already have a D grading which is good enough for the Premier Division of the Southern League, current home of Devon rivals Tiverton Town and John is quick to thank their many sponsors who have helped make Homers Heath what it is. "Carl Throgmorton's Western Developments are our main sponsors and K2 Hairdressers have also been on board for many years. 'The Firewatch Group are responsible for all the impressive signage around the ground but none of it would work without the small army of unpaid volunteers which make the club." At the hub are Christine Holmes and Rose Glanfield whose kitchen is up and running well before kick-off at every game and is widely regarded as one of the best while on the field the largely unheralded work of groundsman is duly taken up by Simon Glanfield and Simon Dungey who have produced a fine paying surface.
Only time will tell if it will be staging Southern League football a year from now but the next six months or so are going to be arguably the most exciting in the club's relatively short history.
Fixtures & Results
From Exeter: Take the A380 signposted Torquay and travel along this road until you reach Penn Inn roundabout. Take the right hand lane and follow the road around which takes you into the left lane and towards the town centre. Filter left at first set of traffic lights and go passed Sainsbury?s, and you are now on the main road towards Decoy. Go under the railway bridge and follow this road to the next mini roundabout. Go straight across, passing the Keyberry Hotel on the left. Go up the hill and down the other side. The ground is situated on the right hand side, opposite Combined linen services. PLEASE NOTE Coaches will not be able to go under the railway bridge at Decoy. Please phone for these directions for alternative route.