Cefn Druids

Rock Stadium

Capacity: 2,500 (Seats 500)
Address: Rock Road, Rhosymedre, LL14 3YG
Telephone: 01978 810287
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: The Ancients or Druids
Year Ground Opened: 2010
Home Kit: Black and White Stripes

Main Stand
Main Stand
Quarry Side
Quarry Side
Looking Towards The North End
Looking Towards The North End
Looking Towards The South End
Looking Towards The South End
Looking Towards The North End
Looking Towards The North End
North End
North End

The Rock Stadium which was opened in 2010 is situated in the village of Rhosymedre, not far off the A5 near Llangollen. It was built near a disused quarry and this has given it a unique and memorable look. Although there is only one stand at the ground, the pitch sits in the shadow of a sizeable rock face which is located just beyond the ground perimeter on the West Side. With a number of trees surrounding the rock face then you have quite a picturesque setting for a football match to be played in. The Main Stand on the East side of the stadium, is a small all seated stand, that is covered and has a capacity of 500 seats. It does not run the full length of the pitch being around a quarter of the length, sitting astride the half way line. Disappointingly for a new stand it has a couple of supporting pillars. On one side of this stand there is a separate large building which houses the Club house, dressing rooms etc.., whilst the other side is empty. The other three sides of the stadium do not have facilities for spectators as such, just a flat pathway around the perimeter of the playing area. Oddly the team dugouts are located on the other side the pitch to the Main Stand and dressing rooms. They are situated to either side of a covered elevated platform which is used as a television gantry. The stadium has a set of eight floodlights, four of which are spaced down each side of the ground. In 2016 a 3G artificial playing surface was installed at the stadium.

As a point of interest Cefn Druids came about in 1992 after the amalgamation of two clubs; Cefn Albion and Druids United. Druids United were formed in a previous amalgamation in 1923 of Druids FC and another club. Druids FC are thought to be one of the oldest surviving Clubs in Wales, being originally formed as Plasmadoc FC in 1869, before changing their name to Druids in 1872. 

Although the Rock Stadium is a small ground in terms of spectator facilities, it more than makes up for this in the warm and friendly welcome that visitors receive and the unique setting that the stadium is set in. You don't see many grounds like this! Although the ground is open the Main Stand can normally accommodate most fans if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

There is a good sized club house bar at the ground that welcomes all fans. The nearest pub is the Jolly Masons on Rock Road, which is only a five minute walk away from the stadium; as you come out of the stadium entrance turn right and the pub is down on the left. If you are arriving by train, then only a few minutes walk from Ruabon Railway Station is the Bridge End Inn. A regular in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide (it was even voted the CAMRA National Pub of the Year in 2011), thus traditional pub offers seven real ales, including at least one  from its own McGivern Brewery which is located at the back of the premises.

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From the South
Leave the M6 at Junction 10A and take M54 towards Telford. Continue to the end of the M54 and then follow A5 towards Shrewsbury and Oswestry. From Oswestry take the A5 northbound towards Wrexham. On reaching a roundabout that is the junction with the A483, take the first exit, continuing on the A5 towards Llangollen. Continue straight across at the next roundabout and then take the next available right hand turn (that is not a dead end) onto the B5605 (Signposted Newbridge, Cefn Mawr). After passing through Newbridge, passing the Newbridge Arms and the Bakery on your left, take a left hand turn onto B5096 towards Cefn Mawr) and then take the second right into Rock Road. After passing the Jolly Masons Arms pub on the right, you will reach the entrance to the ground further up on the left.

From the North
Take the A55 North Wales Expressway and then take the A483 towards Wrexham. After passing Wrexham then after around a further seven miles take the left hand filter onto the A539 towards Llangollen. At the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road take the third exit towards Llnagollen and then straight on at the next roundabout and then at the next take the first exit onto the B5605 towards Rhosymedre/Cefn Mawr. After a mile turn right onto the B5096 towards Cefn Mawr and then take the second right into Rock Road and after passing the Jolly Masons Arms pub on the right, you will reach the entrance to the ground further up on the left.

From the West
From Llangollen take the A539 towards Ruabon. After around four miles you will see just after pedestrian crossing with traffic lights, the Eagles pub on the right. Turn right just after the pub onto King Street. Continue on this road (passing along the way through Cefn Mawr) and after one mile, you will go by a small Somerfield store on your right. Take the next left into Rock Road. After passing the Jolly Masons Arms pub on the right, you will reach the entrance to the ground further up on the left.

Car Parking
There is a free car park at the ground that has space for 100 cars.

The nearest railway station is Ruabon, which is located around a mile and a half away from the Rock Stadium. It is served by trains from Cardiff Central, Chester and Birmingham New Street.

The stadium is around a 25 minute walk away; 'As you exit the station building, turn left and walk up the station approach road. At the top of this road turn right (or turn left for the Bridge End Inn pub!) onto Bridge Street. You will then reach a roundabout, which you go straight across onto the B5096 towards Rhosymedre. After another 3/4's of a mile turn right onto the B5096 towards Cefn Mawr and then turn immediately right into Chapel Street. At the top of Chapel Street you will reach a T-junction where you turn right into Rock Road. The stadium entrance is up on the left.

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Adults £7
OAP's £4
Under 16's £2
Child £1 (when accompanied by an adult)

Official Programme £2

The nearest Premier League team are the New Saints.

Cefn Druids AFC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance
To be advised

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 275 (Welsh Premier League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Cefn Druids v Rhyl
Welsh Premier League
Friday 17th March 2017, 7.45pm
Rees Jones (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Rock Stadium?
 
Both teams were fighting against relegation so it could be an interesting match. Plus we wanted to the stadium ourselves, as the ground is known for its stand facing the rock
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We walked up to the Rock Stadium from the train station in Ruabon. It took about 20 minutes and was fairly easy despite having to cross some busy roads.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We walked around the ground first as there was a path that went up a hill which overlooked the stadium. At night this was a great view with the floodlights and stadium overlooking Cefn Mawr village. After we went to the lounge in the stadium for a pint beforehand. Decent atmosphere and the people around were friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Rock Stadium?
 
The Rock Stadium has a minimalistic feel to it. There was one stand which held 500 people at the halfway line. Sitting there gave a very good view of the entire pitch. Also around was a TV gantry which was opposite our stand, below the gantry was the benches for the home and away team. Next to the stand was the clubhouse which held the tunnel and changing rooms. It was quite far away from the pitch giving it an amateurish feel. The clubhouse also held a refreshment window and next to the clubhouse was a small shop which sold Cefn Druids merchandise such as scarves, jerseys and hats. The Main Stand had a mixture of Rhyl and Cefn Druids fans and about a dozen Rhyl fans stood behind the goal. There was a large presence of Rhyl fans.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game finished 4-1 to Cefn Druids. Cefn Druids outplayed Rhyl from start to finish. There was quite a controversial sending off in the game where Rhyl's captain was sent off for an off the ball action. Some Rhyl fans went and gave the linesman an ear full for that decision. Most of the atmosphere came from the travelling Rhyl fans. I had a feeling that most of the Cefn Druids supporters were from Wrexham since there was no football in Wrexham that weekend and I saw a lot of Wrexham jackets and scarves around. I didn't get any food and there were few stewards at the ground and the ones that were there wandered closer to the Rhyl fans.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A simple walk back to Ruabon station and back on the train home. Although I must say the car park seemed adequate enough in terms of size for a regular game, but due to the large travelling support, it was pretty packed.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The Rock Stadium is definitely worth checking out. Completely different to your typical match day experience, even for Wales. Great view of the pitch, in a beautiful area, with friendly fans in a fairly unique stadium. Also great value to get in for semi-professional football.

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Updated 15th August 2017

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