Keys Park

Home of the football club: 1995 – Present

After over ninety years at the Cross Keys ground, Hednesford Town announced in 1994 that they would be moving to an all-purpose stadium 300 yards from their current home, on the site of a disused brickworks. At a cost of £1.3 million, the Pitmen were to construct a 3,500 capacity ground, that allowed them entry to the Vauxhall Conference after winning promotion in 1994-1995

The stadium was finished on the eve of the 1995-1996 season; a smart main stand, seating 750, also hosted social facilities, club offices and changing rooms. Opposite, on the Wimblebury side, a shallow, uncovered terrace was erected. The two ends were shallow covered terraces. The first game played at Keys Park was against a full strength Walsall side, before Wolves visited the ground to officially open it, with the late Sir Stanley Matthews doing the honours

The first ground record was set in September 1995, when Telford United visited in the Vauxhall Conference. 2,480 watched the Pitmen beat their local rivals 4-0. This was beaten in January 1997, when over 3,200 squeezed into the ground to watch the Pitmen beat York City 1-0 in the F.A. Cup Third Round

With Hednesford riding high at the top of the Conference, the club revealed plans for the expansion of Keys Park to bring it up to Football League standard. During the early part of the 1997-1998 season, work started on three sides of the ground; the Heath Hayes end and the Wimblebury terrace were both cleared, and deeper, uncovered terracing erected. the Hednesford end was seated, giving the Pitmen the minimum 1,000 seats needed and a final capacity of just over 6,000. It was given a grade ‘A’ rating by the Football Association

Problems on the pitch saw Hednesford’s form dip, and in 2001 they were relegated from the Nationwide Conference. However, they persevered with plans to cover both terraces in the summer of that year, making Keys Park covered on all four sides for the first time ever.

The ground has only changed cosmetically in recent years, with additional facilities and improvements made to the terracing and social facilities. The ground now holds a ‘B’ grade rating from the FA.

Hednesford Brickworks

The land Keys Park now stands on was once home to Hednesford Brickworks.

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