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Leamington FC vs Walsall Wood - April 16th, 1988
Brakes say "goodbye" to competitive matches at the Windmill Ground
Grateful thanks to Doug Lowe for the programme

After the announcement, during the 83/84 season, that Automotive Products were to sell the Windmill Ground to developers the club spent 4 years trying to find a new home and battling planning permission whilst still being allowed to play at their old home.  Over those 4 years the club fell down the leagues and reverted to amateur status before finally the plug was pulled at the Windmill.

The last ever competitive match for the Brakes at the Windmill saw them play Walsall Wood in the Midland Combination before a crowd of 500.  The dubious honour of scoring the last competitive goal at the ground was achieved at 4:13pm, scored by Walsall.  The team played 3 away fixtures following this game and finished the season 15th, with statistics of Pl 36 W8 D11 L17 F37 A59 Pt27, before resigning from the league.

A further, "farewell", game was played at the ground on 21st May 1988 - see here for a report.  To read more about the Windmill see here.

The programme for the Walsall Wood game, from Chairman Mick Brady's opening to the last page, not surprisingly focused a lot on the club's demise and the anger aimed mainly toward the council for not helping to find a new home.  The centre pages contained a history of the club .. ending with the the line "Let's hope our future will be as bright as our past !" .. so far it has been.

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Front/Back cover Inside Cover and 1st Page
Chairman's notes Quiz and notes from Walsall Wood Secretary
"Build everywhere" article Memory Lane - old reports
History - 100 year, so near, so far Memory Lane - old reports
Last week results and table Results Review
Opinion Time Opinion Time continued & closing page