Official Ground Name: The Stadium. But become more commonly known as Sealand Road.
Ground Opened: 1906 Ground Closed: 1990
Number of years at ground: 84
First Competitive League Game Played:
Chester City 4 Bangor City 0, Combination League, 15th December 1906.
First Football League Game Played:
Chester City 4 Wigan Borough 0, Division Three North, August 29th 1931. Attendance 12,625.
Last Football League Game Played:
Chester City 2 Rotherham United 0, Division Three, 28th April 1990. Attendance 3,827.
Record Attendance: 20,378 v Chelsea, FA Cup 3rd Round, January 16th, 1952 (Result: Chester City 2 Chelsea 3)
Floodlights first used: Chester City 2 Leyton Orient 2, League Cup 1st Round, 12th October 1960.
Club moved to: Moss Rose Macclesfield Town where they played for two seasons before moving to the Deva Stadium in Chester in 1992*
Distance from Sealand Road to Deva Stadium: 1 mile
* In 2010 Chester City FC were dissolved and new fans owned club called Chester FC were formed and currently play at the Deva Stadium.
This was originally made up of two structures as seen below. These were demolished in 1979 to be replaced by a new single Main Stand. It is not sure when the original structures were built, but they certainly pre-date the Second World War. The Main Stand that replaced them had a capacity of 2,874. Although functional and affording spectators good views of the pitch, with a raised seating area, it wasn't the most attractive looking of stands. Interestingly when the Sealand Road ground was demolished in 1993 the roof of the stand was bought by Port Vale FC. It was installed over the Hamil Road End at Vale Park, where it still exists today.
The Sealand End was given the nickname 'The Barn' by supporters. It was the home end.
The open Kop End Terrace was where the away fans were mostly housed. In addition part of the covered Popular Side was given to visiting supporters.
The Popular Side was covered in 1968.
The photo below shows the view from the away section in this stand:
Thanks to W Gibson for sharing this with us his old cinefilm video below
of Sealand Road which was taken in 1979.
The Sealand Road ground was demolished in 1993 and a Retail Park was built on the site. It is called the Greyhound Retail Park (in reference to the old Greyhound Stadium that was located behind the Sealand Road Ground) and is located just under one mile away from the Deva Stadium.
If you possess photos of the old Sealand Road ground, which you would be happy to share with others via this website, or if you have any general feedback about this page, then please e-mail me at: [email protected].
Special thanks to Dave Couseins and Mats Ronnerstam for providing the photos of Sealand Road Chester City for this page. Mats took his photos in 1975. Whilst Dave took his in the late 1980's.