Nicholas Wanderers win loyal support

January 29 2019

A FOOTBALL team who have played at Dundridge Park for 70 years have gained some new supporters in the shape of Bristol city councillors who are backing the club to renew their lease on the football pitches in the park.

St George and Troopers Hill councillor Fabian Breckels and cabinet member councillor Kye Dudd, who is responsible for encouraging sport in the city, say they hope to secure the long-term future for Nicholas Wanderers.

The club have been maintaining the pitches and work closely with the Friends of Dundridge Park to keep the park a green oasis for everyone. 

One ambition is to make the clubhouse more attractive for away team visitors but substantial work needs to be carried out. At the moment a number of buildings have been joined together with temporary brickwork and temporary roofing. 

Cllr Breckels said: "The club currently maintain the pitches in the park and they have fixed up the clubhouse in a make-do-and-mend way for decades now. It’s time they got long-term backing and a secure future so they can bid for funding from the Football Association and other grant-making bodies."

Club secretary Bob Fudge said: "Over the years we have won several league titles and cup finals and we’re having a good season just now. But with time running out on our lease and licensing agreements we need to look to the future."

Cllr Dudd, cabinet member for sport, added: "External funders backing sports initiatives need to know that the clubs they fund will be around for a long period to make the investment worthwhile. The Nicholas Wanderers team have a good and long track record. They continually bring on the next generation of local footballers. It’s impressive and we value that at the council. Now we’re working on the detail of agreements which I hope will sustain them for the next 25 years."