Capacity: 5,126 (4,500 seated)
Address: Bumpers Lane, Chester, CH1 4LT
Telephone: 01244 371 376
Club Nickname: The Blues
Home Kit: Blue and White
This tidy looking ground was opened in 1992. All four sides are covered and are roughly the same height, making the stadium look quite tidy. Each stand has perspex windshields to each side, whilst the corners of the ground are open. The stadium is a small, fairly simple affair with three sides being seated and the home end being terrace. The Main (East) Stand is slightly taller than the facing Centurion Community Stand, having a few more rows of seating and some enclosed glassed viewing areas at the back of it. The home end is the only terraced area at the stadium and is called the Harry McNally Terrace after a former manager. The stadium is completed with a set of four thin modern floodlight pylons. One interesting fact about the ground is that most of it (apart from the club offices and front car park) is in actually situated in Wales.
Away fans are normally housed in part of the Centurion Community Stand on one side of the pitch. For teams with a larger following then the Swansway Chester Stand at one end of the stadium can also be allocated. This former covered terrace is now all seated having a capacity of 400. The facilities and view of the playing action are okay. Food on offer inside the ground includes a range of Holland's Pies (Peppered Steak, Meat and Potato, Cheese and Onion, all £3), Rollover Burgers (£3) and Rollover Hot Dogs (£2.50). Normally a friendly, relaxed day out and a good atmosphere can be created inside the stadium. Please note that Under 18's paying on the turnstile may be asked for proof of age if required.
There is a Social Club at the ground that does admit away supporters, for an entrance fee of £1. However the Club is on the small size (having a capacity of 120 people) so can quickly get full. There are not many drinking outlets near to the ground so it may be advisable to drink in Chester City Centre before the match, although this is a good 20 minute walk away from the ground. Ben Trasler a visiting Northampton Town fan informs me; 'The nearby Megabowl has a bar inside, which was popular with Cobblers fans on our last visit'.
Lee Wilcox informs me; 'Near to the train station down by the canal is the excellent Old Harkers Arms which also serves good food and ale'. Whilst Mark Pilling adds; 'Also worth a visit are the 'Ship Victory' on George Street and the Mill Hotel, which is also canalside. The latter serves a large selection of real ales'. Also in the City Centre on Northgate Street is the Pied Bull, which along with the Old Harkers Arms and the Mill Hotel is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Whilst on Foregate is a Wetherspoon pub called the Square Bottle.
The ground is located out of town on an industrial estate. Stay on the M56 until its end and then continue along the A494 towards Queensferry and North Wales. Take the A548 turn off towards Chester & Flint and at the roundabout take the first exit towards Chester (A548).
At the next roundabout again go left continuing along the A548 towards Chester. Head straight through the first set of traffic lights and after passing a Vauxhall and then a Renault garage on your left, turn right at the next lights (there is a Volvo & Jaguar delaership on the corner) into Sovereign Way. Continue to the end of Sovereign Way and then turn right into Bumpers Lane and the entrance to the Club car park is just down on the right. If you team is bringing a large following then allow some more time for your journey as the roads around the stadium can quickly become jammed.
There is plenty of car parking available at the ground (£1), however if you use the club car park, it can be quite difficult to get away easily after the match. Henry Willard a visiting Yeovil fan adds; 'It may be an idea if you can plan an appropriate route, to stay in the left hand lane as you leave the car park and head westwards away from the city centre, as most of the traffic after the game seems to go towards town'.
Chester railway station is over two miles from the ground, so it is probably best to jump in a taxi which will cost around £6. Leave the station by the main exit opposite the Town Crier, and turn right into Station Road. Head between the Egerton Arms and the Railway Inn, and at the end of the street enter the underpass. In the underpass look for the first exit and then steps signed for Frodsham Street. Head towards the Oddfellows Arms but just before the bridge turn right into Gorse Stacks. When reaching the crossroads by the Bull & Stirrup go straight over into Canal Street and on under the dual carriageway ring road. At the next junction turn left, past Telford's Warehouse on the right hand side, and over the canal. The road then divides. Take the right hand option, South View Road. At the T-junction at the end of South View Road turn right. You are now in Sealand Road. Carry along Sealand Road for half a mile or so until you see Bumpers Lane on your left. Around half a mile down Bumpers Lane you'll reach the stadium.
Paul Williams adds; 'If you want to go by public transport then take the Railink bus to the bus exchange and then the No. 10 which runs along Sealand Road'
Thanks to David Lucas for providing the above directions.
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Official Programme £2.50.
Executive Area: Adults £29, Concessions £24
Adults £18, Concessions £12, Under 21's £10, Under 16's £3, Under 5's Free
Adults £15, Concessions £10, Under 18's £6, Under 16's £3, Under 5's Free
Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Under 21's, Students with a valid NUS card and the Unemployed.
Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers.
For Chester FC:
5,009 v Northwich Victoria
Northern Premier League, April 9th, 2002
For the stadium:
5,987 Chester City v Scarborough
Conference League, April 17th 2004
2013-2014: 2,366 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 2,582 (Conference North)
2011-2012: 2,789 (Northern Premier)
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.
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Chester is a very historic town and has some great looking black and white timbered buildings in it's centre. It is well worth getting there a bit earlier and having a wander around the centre, having a couple of drinks and some lunch before the game.
Chester v Bristol Rovers
Saturday, November 22nd 2014, 3pm
William Powell (Bristol Rovers fan)
I was looking forward to visiting the stadium because it was one that I had never visited. We were driving to this match, leaving Bristol at around 10:30am. The journey to Chester went smoothly and we did not get stuck in any traffic on the way up making the drive quite pleasant. It took around three hours, arriving at the stadium at 1.30pm. We parked up in the industrial estate near to the ground, only around five minutes walk from the turnstiles.
On arriving at the turnstiles, we discovered that they didn't open until 2pm, So we stood around and waited. By two o'clock there was a bit of a queue at the turnstiles but, credit to the staff, as soon as it opened, the queue moved quickly.
My first impressions of the ground were that it was very neat and tidy.As we had got in early we were able to fully appreciate it, as it filled up. In my opinion the ground is a perfect fit for Chester, the crowd of almost three thousand appeared to leave little empty room. The atmosphere was excellent with around 500 away fans contributing greatly. Chesters home fans are a very passionate group and a credit to their football club, creating noise throughout an entertaining game which finished 2-2. Rovers took the lead early in the second half and doubled it shortly afterwards but Chester clawed their way back into the game and were level ten minutes later. The game was very open and a great advert for the league.
Getting away from the ground after the match had finished, was fairly quick, taking around ten minutes to get back onto the main road. All of the fans walked along the road through the industrial estate and lots of them had parked there so there was a slight queue. Chester has been one of my favourite days out in the conference, the ground is easily of football league standard and the fans were excellent. Unfortunately, after being 2-0 up, the final result felt like a defeat!