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Bristol Rugby Ground Could Be Lost

bristolThere is an advanced plan to build a huge Sainsbury’s supermarket and car park on Bristol’s celebrated and inspiring Memorial Ground, which is a War Memorial to 300 Bristolian rugby players who died in the First World War.

The Memorial Ground (aka The Memorial Stadium) in Horfield, Bristol represents our debt to sport:

“It was the young men of the country who won the war, and it was the sporting instinct that enabled them to do it…to endure untold suffering and misery” (Western Daily Press, 11 March 1920).

The whole of the Memorial Ground site is their war memorial, not just the entrance gates.

“Those glorious lads…had done their part nobly and it was to those who were able to live on, to see that their memory should never fade” (Western Daily Press, 11 March 1920).

Bristol Rugby Club still play at The Mem, but are tenants of a football club company. This company has made a pact with Sainsbury’s to help pay towards building a large new stadium outside the city.

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By: Jamie Carstairs

About Ellaine

Ellaine is the founder of FRN and author of "Mini and Youth Rugby: Complete Guide for Coaches and Parents" (published October 2015). She has been playing rugby union for over 10 years in the UK and the US for teams including Oxford University Blues, London Wasps, Henley, NOVA, and GWU. She has recently developed a love for rugby 7s and has played on several international rugby 7s teams. She also enjoys playing touch rugby and regularly plays for the FRN Mixed Touch Rugby team. She is passionate about helping others develop a love for rugby. View all posts by Ellaine

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