Woodlands Memorial Ground
|Woodlands Memorial Ground|
|Full name||Woodlands Memorial Ground|
|Location||Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England, UK|
|Fylde Rugby Club (1920-)
Blackpool Panthers (2006-2010)
Fylde Rugby Club were founded in 1919 and first used the Woodlands for rugby union in May 1920.
During the Second World War, the Army took over the ground. In 1946 the President, G.W. Parkes, welcomed back members from the forces and the ground was purchased for £7,000. It was named the Woodlands Memorial Ground in recognition of those members who gave their lives during World War II.
In the 1950s, the dressing rooms were erected.
It was in 1964 that the second England trial was held at Fylde and Sir Laurie Edwards opened the new pavilion extension.
In 1970 the North West Counties played the Fijian Tourists at the Woodlands and attracted a record gate of 7,600.
Fylde Rugby Club ran up significant debts in trying to compete in National One in the years 1997-9 and had to sell a small portion of the Woodlands grounds in order to re-establish financial health. With the receipts of the sale, a period of re-development of facilities of all kinds at the Woodlands began in January 2005. The new clubhouse opened in October 2005 and houses 500 people.
In June and July Blackpool Panthers played three rugby league games at Woodlands whilst Bloomfield Road was being reseeded. The Panthers beat Keighley Cougars and Workington Town and lost to Gateshead Thunder.
In October 2006 a contract was signed between the Panthers and Fylde for an initial period of six years, covering the seasons 2007-2012. The administrative and commercial base of the Panthers, as well as the National League games moved to the Woodlands Memorial Ground.
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