Tears of joy as Horncastle Town open’s new clubhouse

Jim Jones cuts the ribbon at Town's new clubhouse
Jim Jones cuts the ribbon at Town's new clubhouse

Horncastle Town celebrated the opening of its new clubhouse at the weekend in what officials described as a “day to remember.”

Town are confident the impressive £400,000-plus development will give them some of the best facilities in the entire county.

Chairman Colin Low said Sunday’s opening proved to be a “fabulous and emotional day.”

Hundreds of people turned up to see the club’s former manager and ex-professional player Jim Jones cut the ribbon.

Mr Low said: “There were a lot of people who thought this (the new clubhouse) would never happen, but it looks absolutely fabulous.

“It’s the culmination four years’ hard work.

“There were people at the opening who have been involved in this club for 40 and 50 years.

“They looked at the facilities we have now and there were tears in their eyes.

“The feedback we got was fantastic. In fact, people were telling us the facilities are better than a lot of Football League clubs.

”We’re delighted. We want this place to be at the heart of the community.

“We want to drive this club forward.”

The facilities include new changing rooms for players and officials, a bar/lounge area and an impressive reception.

The clubhouse also offers first class views over the entire complex at The Wong, including the senior and junior pitches,

Guests at the opening included officials from the Lincolnshire FA, the mid-Lincs League and representatives of other clubs.

The entertainment featured junior challenge matches between Town and Woodhall Spa United.

And, the action continued on Monday with a barbecue, grand raffle draw and veterans match - again against Woodhall.

Mr Low also confirmed the setting up of an U12s girls team meant Town were now officially rated by the FA as a ‘community status’ club.

He added: “We want the whole community to be part of the new clubhouse.

“We can involve local schools a lot more.

“It’s not just about football. It’s for everyone.”