Blackstones Sport & Social Club
Ground Number: 503
Saturday 1st August 2015
Blackstones 1-1 Rushden & Higham United
BLACKSTONES FC - A BRIEF HISTORY
BLACKSTONES first had a club in 1881 but it wasn’t until 1984 that they joined the United Counties League. They have been known under several different guises during their history including Rutland Ironworks and Rutland Engineering Works. From 1969 until 1988 they were known as Mirless Blackstones. They adapted well to their new league and after starting in Division 1, they won promotion to the UCL Premier in 1988. The run in the top division lasted until 2013 when they were relegated back to Division 1 after finishing second bottom. Since then they have struggled, finishing 17th and 20th in the last 2 seasons, a far cry from the 4th placed finish in the UCL Premier in 2008.
The best ever FA Cup run was achieved in the 1991/92 season when they reached the 2nd Qualifying Round. Great Yarmouth Town and Bishops Stortford were beaten before they lost out in a replay to Heybridge Swifts. 2008 saw the best ever FA Vase run when they beat Norwich United, Diss Town, Norton United and Coleshill Town to reach the 4th Round. Dreams of Wembley were ended by current Conference North side Lowestoft Town in a narrow 3-2 defeat.
BLACKSTONES SPORT AND SOCIAL CLUB is a fairly old venue, so at least it escapes the metal stand phenomenon that is blighting football at the moment. Instead, you get an around 100 capacity benched stand, while the rest of the ground is open. The bar offers your usual clubhouse range of drinks, while the food was Lasagne on the occasion I visited. The chippy across the road is worth a visit, being above average in my experience and the Smoked Dutchie I had was nice.