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37 Tidworth Road

Ludgershall

SP11 9QE
info@ludgershall-sports.com
Tel: 01264 790693

 

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Our Entertainments Committee strive to ensure there is a flexibility of events on offer for LSSC Members, and the Community at large for open invitation or pay on the door events.

Annual Events- That grow year on year:​

 

  • Beer Race – a three legged fancy dress race (stroll) up and down the town – last bank holiday in May

  • Party on the Pitch – an extravaganza on the sports field entering our fifth year courtesy of organising committee  – July / August

  • Sportsmans Dinner – meal, comedian and a sporting celebrity for an evening not to be missed – September / October

  • Fireworks Display – a growth year on year, can you match the display in your garden for what we charge? – Yes November

  • Boxing Day – the ultimate end to the Christmas Day blues, unwind with all the family (children welcome) – Yes December 26th

  • New Years Eve – Bring in the new at LSSC

     

     

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​Regular and alternative entertainment throughout the year!

  • Cash Bingo – 3rd Saturday in the Month – Eyes Down 8PM

  • Quiz Nights – 1st Saturday in the Month – 8PM : 10PM

  • Disco’s – Family and themed

  • Race evenings

  • Specialist themed events


     

Forthcoming Entertainment 2018

  • May – Annual Beer Race

  • July – Junior Football Tournament

  • August – ‘Party on the Pitch’

  • September – Sportsman’s Dinner

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

History

In 1900 a football team under the name of Ludgershall Sports FC was registered with the Football Association in London and in 2000 the FA issued a Centenary Certificate to the Club to celebrate those 100 years of membership.  Records from those days are sparse; we don't know where the team played and there certainly was no clubhouse.  In all probability the organisers met in one of the local pubs to pick their teams. 

After the First World War, another Ludgershall football team joined forces with the Club, presumably the casualty figures of that War had their effect here too.  During the 1920s and early 30s, the football pitch was on Berry's Field, an area over the railway line behind what is now the Co-op, and probably largely covered by the new housing development.  The teams were picked in the back bar of the Prince of Wales Hotel and those too young to enter the bar sat outside waiting to see if they had been selected.

Although there was still no clubhouse as such, the Club was beginning to take shape renting premises first on the approach to the Tidworth Road Bridge - roughly where the houses now are - and subsequently at the rear of George Rusher's shop - then located opposite, next to Harcourt House.  Both premises in due course caught fire!

The late 20s & early 30s were times of considerable footballing success in both the Salisbury Leagues and the Wiltshire Cup.  It was also about then that the Good Friday 6-a-side tournaments started and the highlight came in 1933 when the Club's B team beat the A team in the Open final.  Also at this time the Club made its first purchase of land for a football - and cricket - field in what is now Astor Crescent.  Just before the Second World War the extra plot of land where the Club building now stands became available together with more land adjoining the football field and building of the original clubhouse took place. In addition to the main bar area there was also a separate Ladies Room! together with room for 2 snooker tables. With the building of the Clubhouse, licensing laws came into effect and a good relationship was built up with the local brewers H & G Simonds, who were  later swallowed up into the Courage empire.  A full time Steward was appointed and it was also about now that the Club became affiliated to the Club & Institute Union, with the legal title of Ludgershall Sports Working Men's Club. 

During the Second World War there were many visitors from overseas, as well as many servicemen from the UK who used the club, many of whom would stay behind at the end of the war and marry into local families.  After the war the club expanded with success both at football & cricket and this time also saw a great expansion in indoor games; the snooker tables, a bar-billiards table, darts and facilities for crib and the like all developed.  This in turn led to participation in The Border League when during most Thursdays in the winter months teams from all the many Working Men's Clubs then around would compete in these different events and the Club had its fair share of success. 

In the late 60s the club was extended by building a dance hall etc. on land purchased from a neighbour and this was a great success.  Subsequently more land was purchased which allowed further development of the facilities.  Later still the layout was re-organised again with the dance hall occupying the area formerly used for snooker and the one snooker table moving into the former dance hall.  Subsequently further refurbishment was carried out in the 1990s.

The fortunes of the Club ebbed and flowed as the economic climate of the local area dictated.  The late 1980s & early 1990s were more difficult times, but a new approach to management saw an improvement in fortunes into the 21st century.  Although cricket was no longer available, the success of the Club's football teams continued throughout the period, with many cups & trophies won over the years.

The decision to dispose of part of the football field in order to finance the latest expansion was not taken lightly but hopefully the development of the Paddock Suite and the improved sports changing rooms mean we now have club premises that will meet the expectations of our current members and attract new members as well as other functions.