AN AMATEUR football team's ground was transformed into a Victorian stadium for an upcoming Netflix series.

Camera crews descended on the village of Stoneclough to film scenes for period drama The English Game.

Locals spotted men and women in traditional Victorian attire filing in through the makeshift turnstiles set up at Stoneclough FC's ground Fox Park, late last week.

Scenes were also filmed at Smithills Hall earlier in the week.

Will Partington, landlord at The Grapes Hotel in Stoneclough, said: "This is really good for the community.

"It will be great to see the series when it's done and to see what they have done with it."

The English Game has been written by award-winning Downton Abbey director Julian Fellowes.

The six-part series is a dramatic adaptation of a true story set in 1879, which centres around a young football player who moves to Darwen to play for the local team amidst industrial unrest. The drama also explores how the game “reached across the class divide."

It draws on the formation of Blackburn Rovers FC, a founding member of The Football League, and Darwen FC — which was a working class football team during the period. The scenes filmed in Stoneclough were for a football match between the two teams.

Line of Duty's Craig Parkinson, Kingsman's Edward Holcroft, as well as actress Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders) and Joncie Elmore (Downton Abbey) all feature in the all-star cast.

The English Game will launch on Netflix in 2020.