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Airbus UK Broughton

Hollingsworth Group Stadium

Capacity: 1,600 (Seats 500)
Address: T
he Airfield, Broughton, Nr Chester, CH4 0DR
Main Telephone No: 01244 528 317
Team Nickname: Wingmakers
Home Kit Colours: Blue With White Trim
Official Web Site:
www.airbusfc.com




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Contents
What's The Airfield Like?
External View And Turnstiles (photo)
Future Developments
Visiting Supporters
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?

2New Stand 
(photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Social Club Side 
(photo)
By Train
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Ground Layout
Fixtures
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Airfield Football Ground Location Map

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What's The Airfield Like?

Standing in the shadow of the adjacent Airbus UK factory, is the the Airfield stadium, located in the small town of Broughton. The ground can be entered through one of two modern wooden turnstiles blocks immediately before the factory entrance barriers. On one side of the stadium is a modern Main Stand that sits on the pitch centre line with a shallow concrete seating deck holding 6 rows of 300 seats. Apparently the seats were salvaged from the old Maine Road Ground in Manchester. This stand is flanked by wide flat standing areas and two sets of floodlights. Looking across the pitch to the factory side of the ground the low modern clubhouse sits on the pitch centre line, with its shallow bungalow style pitched roof overlooked by the tall factory building. The structure incorporates changing rooms, a bar with and bowling club to one side. There is a single line of blue plastic seats either side of the players tunnel, which are bolted to the ground, and these are at least partially covered by the overhang of the building. The building mirrors the Main Stand side in wide but exposed flat standing areas, two sets of floodlights, in addition to a pair of dug outs. At the far side of the ground, the runway end currently has a narrow concrete pathway or standing spectators, with a wide and shallow grass verge which leads to the perimeter fencing of the airfield runway. At the opposite end new 200 seat covered stand was opened in 2015. It sits directly behind the goal and runs for about half the width of the pitch. Unlike the Main Stand, it is free of any supporting pillars giving an unobstructed view of the playing action. One interesting feature is that some of the floodlight pylons are retractable, due to their close proximity to the aircraft runway. The stadium also has an artificial 3G playing surface.

In 2012 the Airfield was renamed the Hollingsworth Group Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal.

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External View And Turnstiles

External View &
                    Turnstiles

Future Developments
Long term plans to increase the seating capacity to over 500 by introducing either a temporary uncovered seating block or a permanent structure at the runway end.

Visiting Supporters
As far as we are aware there is currently no segregation in the ground, away fans have the option of using the seating or standing, however there are a number of columns to the main stand which may impede your view.

Main Stand


 

Main Stand

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Where To Drink?

There is a Social Club at the ground which welcomes all fans. Unfortunately there does not seem to much else close by.

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New Stand


  New Stand

Special thanks to John Spooner for providing the photo above.

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How To Get There And Where To Park
From The East:

Follow the A55 South of Chester, heading towards North Wales. Exit junction 35a,at the small roundabout take the 1st exit, turning left into Chester Road. At the next big roundabout take the 3rd exit. You will see the floodlights of the ground on the left hand side. Take a left turn into Fairford Road, the car park is to the left, the stadium lies in front of the Airbus factory entrance gates. 

From The West:

Follow the A55 from North Wales towards the outskirts of Chester. Exit at Junction 35a and at the small roundabout take the 1st exit, turning left into the A5104 Mold Road. At the end of the road you will see a big roundabout. Take the 2nd exit into Chester Road. You will see the floodlights of the ground on the left hand side. Take a left turn into Fairford Road, the car park is to the left, the stadium lies in front of the Airbus factory entrance gates. 

Map showing the location of the Airfield Football Ground
(at the bottom of this page).

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Social Club Side

Social Club Side

By Train
The nearest railway station is Hawarden, which is around two miles away. To reach Hawarden take the "Borderlands line" service from Wrexham General to Bidston Services run once every hour. Please note that Hawarden is a request stop.

Alternatively, take a train to Chester station (around six miles way) and then catching a local bus from outside Chester Railway Station to either Broughton Chester Road, which is directly outside the stadium, or alight at Broughton Shopping Park, which is half a mile away from the ground. See below for bus routes.


If you decide to walk from Hawarden, then it will take at least 30 minutes. Exit the railway station and bare left, following Station Road. At the junction turn right and follow the B5125 through the town centre. After 20 minutes walk the road becomes more rural as it heads towards Broughton. At the first big roundabout take the 1st exit left into Chester Road. You will see the floodlights of the ground on the left hand side. Take a left turn into Fairford Road, the stadium is to the left in front of the Airbus factory entrance gates.

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By Bus
Broughton has a regular supply of buses since the town is fairly close to Chester.

The Airfield sits to the north of the town centre.

X44  Chester Railway Station-Chester-Broughton-Ewloe-Mold (one every hour)
X55  Chester Railway Station-Chester-Broughton-Buckley-Mold (one every hour)           
24    Chester-Broughton (Every 15 mins)

If you alight at the Broughton Shopping Centre bus stop, then with Tescos on your right and McDonalds on your left you will see a roundabout with a large white factory behind it in the distance. This is the Airbus factory. Head towards the roundabout and take the 1st exit left into Chester Road. After a 3 minute walk you will see the ground floodlights emerge on the right hand side. Take a right turn into Fairford Road, the stadium is to the left in front of the Airbus factory entrance gates.


Admission Prices

Adults 7
OAP/Under 18s 4
 Under 16's 1

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Programme Price
Official Programme 1.50

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Local Rivals
Chester FC is actually the nearest football club, however Connah's Quay is the nearest rival Welsh League club.

Ground Layout

Airfield Stadium Layout

Fixtures
Welsh Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record And Average Attendance

Record Attendance:
625 v The New Saints
Welsh Premier League, February 23rd, 2013 

Average Attendance:
2014-2015: 260
2013-2014: 255
2012-2013: 294

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use.  Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

Visit their Broughton and Chester Hotels & Guest Houses page.


Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map Showing The Location Of The Airfield Football Ground

Instructions for using the map:
- Use the bar on the left of the map to zoom in / out using the + / - keys.
- Click and drag an area of the map to move around or use the up/down, left/right arrows 
- Click the Satellite button to see aerial view photograph.



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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide



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Last Updated : 30 September
2015