Oakfield football ground under threat in 1968
With the Oakfield playing field in Bilton Road currently under threat of development again 50 years on, this story from 1968 will strike a chord. The protests by supporters of the original Rugby Town Football Club who played their were obviously successful.
The march was against the intention of landlords Rugby Co-operative Society to sell Oakfield for housing. The Society had applied to Rugby Borough Council for their consent to change the use of the five-acre site from recreation to housing.
On the steps of the town hall the mayor was handed a petition signed by nearly 3,000 football supporters. Another petition had also been handed in, bearing the names of 286 boys of Herbert Kay High School.