In 1889 Nuneaton St. Nicholas were the first team to play senior football within Nuneaton. Five years later they changed their name to Nuneaton Town, and played until 1937 when the club was disbanded. However, two days later Nuneaton Borough F.C. were founded but in 1991, the club ran into financial difficulties and were renamed Nuneaton Borough AFC. In 2008 the club was liquidated, and were reformed as Nuneaton Town – suffering a two division demotion. The club is still known as ‘The Boro’ by locals and by those who support the team. The club play their home fixtures in their home kit of blue & white vertical stripes and their away matches in red.
In March 2013 it was confirmed that Liberty Way had to undergo several ground improvements to avoid automatic relegation. Turnstiles, Changing rooms and player tunnels all had to be upgraded to pass the regulations.
In July 2013 it was announced that the stadium would be known as the “Sperrin Brewery Stadium” for the 2013–14 season after a local family run business won the naming rights in a golden ticket draw.
When Dartford play at Nuneaton later in the season, no doubt we will be treated to Nuneaton Town FC’s new official mascot ‘Bloo the bear’ for the 2012–13 season, as long as we don’t have a very wet winter, as the ground has been flooded on numerous occasions, most recently in late November 2012.
Nuneaton are doing rather well this season, and played a hard fought game, scoring twice within 15 minutes. Dartford managed a goal, but were denied an equaliser.
Somehow the Darts have to up their finishing game and stick the ball in the net.
Keeping your eye on the ball is one thing, putting your hand on it during play is quite another. There was an incident late in the match that the whole stadium saw, everyone except the referee, that is. As Manager Tony Burman said afterwards:
“We should have had a stonewall penalty without any shadow of a doubt but please don’t hide the fact that we put in a poor shift and that’s not acceptable.”