Sports Club

A brief history of Kirby Muxloe Sports Club

11th October 1972

A meeting was held between the Kirby Muxloe Football Club and Kirby Muxloe Cricket Club. The object of the meeting was to discuss the amalgamation of the two clubs with regards to either buying or leasing land for a new ground. The ground in question is where the Sports Club is situated on Ratby Lane. This land belonged to Blaby District Council.

Committee

Chairman – Mr. I. Whyte

Cricket Club:

Mr.J.Heighton

Mr.M.Freeman

Mr.J.Wain

Football Club:

Mr.A.Ball

Mr.R.Bland

Mr.M.Hammond

The action was that the 6 Members of the Committee would act as Trustees for the initial transactions.

16th January 1973

The Kirby Muxloe Sports Club had been granted a 40 year lease on the ground – they would in later years go on to purchase the ground.

An official organisation should be formed so that any further negotiations could be continued. The organisation would be known as the Kirby Muxloe Sports Club.

The officers for the new club would be:

Chairman - Mr.I.Whyte

Treasurer – Mr.A.Ball

Secretary – Mr.M.Hammond

Mr.Bloor, a local solicitor, would advise the club on compiling a set of rules. The Sports Club originally leased the land until such time as they could afford to purchase this. Investigations began where additional funding could be obtained.

28th June 1973

The first general meeting was held on 28th June 1973. In those days meetings would take place in Committee members' homes, the Spanish Blade (now the Royal Oak) and Church Rooms until such time as they could hold them in the new clubhouse. In the meantime ground preparation work would take place.

A quote from Mr.D.Hudson, a local builder, was accepted for building the new club house. Mr.G.Davies, the architect, agreed to oversee the work.

Ways in which the Committee raised money included a football tote organised by Mr.M.Hammond and collecting waste paper, in which all members had a hand. There were also sponsored walks and various social events.

May 1974

Blaby District Council had passed the building plans and the lease of the ground was signed so that building work could commence. Grants from various organisations had also been received.

Working parties were organised to help with some of the preparation work, which was considerable.

Scottish and Newcastle Brewery was interested in supplying the Sports Club and Mr.I.Whyte, the Chairman, would act as licensee.

The Sports Club introduced membership at £1 per person and a membership book was created, where members could sign in guests. Mr.G.Kelham was the membership secretary.

October 1975

The Bar at the Club was now open and was run on a rota basis by Committee members and volunteers. No wages were paid – it was all voluntary at that stage.

25th November 1975

The official opening of the Sports Club

Gearys Bakery supplied the bread and a cake for the buffet.

Mrs.B.Poyner organised the catering for this.

The main guests at the opening would be:

Mr.G.Hill – resident in the area, local headmaster and a Professional Football League referee

Mr.P.Reeve – local resident and a Football Referee

Mr.J.Hunting

Mr.R.Kirkpatrick

Mr.G.Sewell

The Leicester Mercury were present to record the event.