Vanarama Conference Premier
Saturday 9th August 2014
Kick off 3.00pm

Stadium: Swansway Chester Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester, CH1 4LT

Telephone: 01244 371 376

Club Colours: Blue and White
Nickname: The Seals
Official Club Website:

Key Personnel:
Steve Burr has been in charge at The Exactra since January 2014. Scot Steve was a striker and spent a large part of his career at Macclesfield Town before gaining managerial experience at Nuneaton, Northwich, Stalybridge and Kidderminster. Since 2005 Steve as been Assistant to Paul Fairclough in the England C set up.

Brief Directions by Road:
A round trip of approx. 400 miles awaits and there are various ways of getting to Chester. Via the A41 is the most scenic, but the following route is the most direct and easy to follow courtesy of Chester FC. M6 to junction 18 and onto the A54 signposted Middlewich and Northwich. Stay on the A54 through Middlewich and through the town of Winsford. After about 8 miles stay on the A54 where it is joined by the A556. Shortly afterwards join the A51 towards Chester. When you reach the junction with the A55 turn left and continue on this ring road (dual carriageway) until you reach its junction with the A483 signposted Chester. Turn onto the A483 (called the Wrexham Road at this point) and pass over three roundabouts. The road now becomes Grosvenor Road and then over the River Dee. At the next roundabout turn left into Nicholas Street (A5286). Left turn at the traffic lights into New Craine Street passing the Racecourse then head through the Roman walls into Sealand Road (A458). After about a mile look out for Stendall Road on your left where this road becomes Bumpers Lane – follow your nose the ground awaits. The ground is well signposted from whichever direction you approach.

Car Parking:
There is ample car parking for around 800 cars at the ground for a £4.00 charge. ‘Reckless wonder tip’ when leaving the park keep to the left exit as this moves considerably faster than the right channel. Feedback required here please as it may involve me buying a pint for the originator of the information.

Directions by Train
A Virgin or North Western train form London Euston via Crewe takes around 3 hours. Chester station is about a mile and a half from the Stadium. Taxi to the ground will cost around £6.00 one way, made for sharing. Bus travel from the station is the easiest way to get to the ground as the No.28 runs along Sealand Road, stops a few hundred yards from the ground and is very frequent. Another option is Hawarden Airport, which is only three miles from Chester City centre. It will accept executive jets by appointment only.

Eating and Drinking Locally
There are no pubs within easy access of the stadium. My spies tell me that Telford’s Warehouse in Canal Street, about a mile away, is good and serves decent food too with a nice view. Having a beer in the city centre is easy and three pubs have been recommended by a very helpful correspondent from Chester who wishes to remain anonymous – The Mill Hotel, which has a very nice real ale bar, Old Harker’s Arms (these two are very close to each other along the canal plus the Bear & Billet which is inside the city walls. A decent eat will be very difficult to find close to the ground apart from the usual football ground fare. Tesco’s have a large outlet at the end of Bumpers Lane and boasts an inexpensive restaurant I am led to believe but I can’t say that I have ever sampled Cuisine a la Tesco before!

Social Club
Officially the social club has a “depending on numbers” policy for away fans as the club is on the small side. I managed to get in last time as a guest of a member for £1.00 – so put on your smiley faces and chat up a local!

Ground Description
The stadium, originally known as the Deva Stadium, was constructed in 1992 and was the first new football ground to encompass all the safety regulations as set out in the Justice Taylor report commissioned after the disasters at Bradford and Hillsborough in the 1980's. The capacity is currently a shade over 5,300 with 4,200 seats.
The Main Exacta Stand to the east seats around 2,200 while its smaller sister stand the Centurion Community Stand sits opposite. I am told this is were we will be housed for the afternoon. Both end enclosures were originally identical covered terraces although the south or Swansway stand has been converted to hold 780 seats. The home Harry McNally Terrace (the only standing area within the ground) completes the picture.
The well known fact about the ground is of course that the pitch is situated in Wales (Flintshire) while the main gates the offices and car park are in England (Cheshire).

Admission Prices
Adults £16, Concessions £11, Under 18's £6, Under 16's £3, Under 5's Free

Previous Meetings and Memories
Our last visit was in January 2014 when a Jake Hyde goal was not enough in a 2-1 defeat in front of 2,179. However we have pitted our wits against Chester - in whichever costume they have been wearing - numerous times over the years

The first game of season 1999/2000 - and a comfortable 2-0 win was spoilt somewhat by the breakdown of the supporter’s coach. The driver disappeared to a local (?) coach depot for some spare parts for the automatic door at around 2.00pm and stranded 50 or so souls in the bleak car park until around 6.00pm. 

Yuletide celebrations came early in 1995 with another brilliant 2-0 victory at Chester a couple of days before Christmas - goals from Sean Devine and Lee Hodges -, with Micky ‘Let Me Hear You Say Tommo’ Tomlinson outstanding on the day.

Celebrity Watch
Chester’s favourite son, apart from comedian Russ Abbott who was born here, is Ian Rush who cost Liverpool £300,000 when he moved in May 1980. Another comedy actor and writer Hugh Lloyd, who had an incredible chin wobble and might be recalled by some of our older supporter’s. lived here too and was a fervent supporter of the club. So too are Jonathan Legard and Charlie Lambert who both report football on Radio Five Live. Chester’s list of famous persons include “Noughtes” Superstar Michael Owen, the minor TV personality and writer Giles Brandreath and virtually every actor from the Channel 4 Soap Opera Brookside. Jamie and Louise Redknapp are often stopped for autographs while queuing in Subway for a sandwich or picking up a Costa Coffee. Do you see the distinctive newly built insipid lime green semi detached houses with the black shutters as you turn into Bumpers Lane? Well the world-renowned ventriloquist Keith Harris and his intensely irritating duck Orville owns them and has kept the Chester fans entertained in the social club on a Saturday night.

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