Famous school gets green light for flats

Rob Bailey is developing the old Eastwood Infant and Junior school site.
Rob Bailey is developing the old Eastwood Infant and Junior school site.

An Eastwood school which produced two England football stars - although it had no playing fields - will be turned into flats.

Nottingham Forest star Tony Woodcock and Jeff Astle were the most famous pupils of Eastwood Infants and Junior School, built in 1910.

It has stood empty for two years, but developer Rob Bailey was given the green light to transform it into flats by Broxtowe Borough Council last week.

Council leader Milan Radulovic, who played in the same local team as Woodcock, said: “This school has surely produced more international footballers than any other in the county - and it had no playing fields.

“We just had a hard standing playground area.”

Eastwood-born Woodcock was in the Forest team. Under the management of Brian Clough, he played a key role in winning the first division title – today’s equivalent of the premiership.

After finishing his football career, West Bromwich Albion striker Astle became a window cleaner and starred in the TV show Fantasy Football League with comics David Baddiel and Frank Skinner.

When he died aged 59, the coroner said his dementia was linked to brain damage caused by heading footballs.

Other footballers who attended the school were Luton Town and Derby County full back Steve Buckley and his brother Alan, who scored a record 202 goals for Walsall and managed several clubs.

The school will be converted into 20 apartments for people aged over 55. The nursery will be turned into a bungalow and four bungalows will be built close to it.