Holmer Green FC is a non league football club from the large village a few miles north east of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The club spent much of their existence since their formation in 1908 in local league football around Chesham and Wycombe until the village grew as did the club.
In 1984 'The Greens' became founder members of the Chiltonian League, going on to be crowned league champions of three occasions. Eleven years later the club progressed into the South Midlands League. When that league merged with the Spartan League in 1997, Green were founder members, starting in the second tier.
The club were promoted in the first season to the Premier Division as floodlights were installed at Airedale Park. In 2009 they were relegated, but bounced back at the first time of asking.
Holmer Green FC will compete in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division in the 2015-16 season.
Thursday 28th June 2012
I had a day off work and the sun was amazingly shining, in what had been the wettest June on record. I had intended to revisit Adams Park in Wycombe to update my photos for some time and after studying a map and various timetables, I realised I could visit a club who I would struggle to fit in for a midweek match.
I caught a couple of tubes and then took a Chiltern line train from Harrow-on-the-Hill to Amersham, where I boarded the number four Carousel service and purchased a day ticket for a very reasonable £5.40. The ride took me through countryside before I got out at the village green of Holmer Green. After about ten minutes and a walk along Beech Tree Road I entered the car park of Holmer Green Sports Association. Airedale Park also catered for several other sports as well as football.
The ground had temporary high metal fences around it, but either vandals or the weather had blown some over. This was lucky for me as it allowed me access to take some photos. It was apparent that on matchdays players changed in the complex's main building and walked the fifty metres or so along a fenced path to the pitch. Spectator access was only allowed on three sides. The fourth backed on to practice and junior pitches with just the dug outs for company. The ground was a mixture of open grass and hard standing, apart from a nice little stand with bench seating on the Watchet Lane side and a cover at the Clubhouse End on top of a small bank. Three sides were bordered by attractive trees.
I left the ground, having been impressed with the setting and set off down the lane, which led into Sawpit Hill on the edge of the adjoining Wycombe suburb of Hazlemere. I had got my timings right as the next bus arrived within a few minutes to take me to Wycombe Bus Station, ready for my next ride to Adams Park.
The splendidly named Airedale Park was neatly kept. It was nice to see signs up in the dug outs discouraging swearing. It seemed to work as the use of industrial language was kept to an occasional frustrated outburst.