WOLVERTON WORKS SPORTSGROUND
Wolverton Amateur Athletic Club was formed in 1885, and found a home in Wolverton Park, at a recreation ground donated by the L&NWRailway. There was a cycle and running track, football pitch, tennis courts and bowls green. Previously all sports were held in a field owned by the Battams family, farmers at Stacey Hill Farm, now the home of Milton Keynes Museum.
Over the years the sportsground was the home to many major sporting events, and the home venue for Wolverton Town Football Club. In their heyday the club attracted thousands of supporters, hosting Southern League opponents. The likes of Spurs and Chelsea have also played at the ground. Crowds dwindled by the 1990's, and the Town Club eventually folded, despite attempts to keep it afloat. The ground is now used by Milton Keynes City Football Club for their home matches.
Today the Park is a shadow of its former glory, but has the honour of having the oldest football stand in the country, constructed in 1898. It was voted into second place in a recent poll by BBC History Magazine, as a heritage site which ought to be preserved.
One major sporting event held in the area was the National Cross country Championships held in 1932, over the land occupied by Stacey Hill Farm. A women's national championship was held on the same course in 1930.