Connah's Quay Nomads

Deeside College Stadium

Capacity: 1,500 (Seats 500)
Address: Kelsterton Rd, Connah's Quay, Flintshire, CH5 4BR
Telephone: 01244 834546 (Stadium)
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Nomads
Year Ground Opened: 1998
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
TV Gantry Side
TV Gantry Side
Kelsterton Road End
Kelsterton Road End
Sports Centre End
Sports Centre End
External View Of Main Stand
External View Of Main Stand

Deeside College Stadium is essentially an athletics stadium located next to the A548 North Wales coast road around a mile west of Connahs Quay High Street. The stadium site can be reached by an approach road leading off the A548 and it shares its surroundings with the various buildings of Colleg Cambria as well as a number of local businesses. As you would expect from an athletics stadium the grounds only seated spectator accommodation is set back a long way from the pitch but in compensation the view on offer from the seating deck of the Main Stand is actually very good due to it being placed directly above the dressing rooms and toilets. The concrete seating deck, holding six rows of 420 maroon coloured plastic seats is reached by two wide maroon painted steel stairwells either side of the players pitch side entrance at the front of the stand. The white "goalpost" column design supports a distinctive line of curved roof trusses, with a row of 12 floodlights arranged on the front face. The stand is flanked by a pair of modern floodlights, which have the benefit of being level with the front of the stand and therefore not interrupting the view of the pitch from any of the seats.

On the ground in front of the stand spectators can get a standing view of the pitch however this is regarded more as an access walkway than a paddock, with the roof line of the stand not overhanging enough to be able to provide any cover from the elements. There is an additional low cover to one side provided shelter for disabled supporters. Looking out from the seating deck across the pitch the eye is drawn off to the left with the impressive sight of the modern A548 River Dee Road bridge with its tall angular A-frame towers and supporting cables amongst a foreground of semi-detached houses and weaving electricity pylons. The far side of the stadium is more mundane in comparison with narrow two storey media centre and tv gantry on the pitch centre line flanked by a pair of matching floodlight pylons. Both ends are curved to suit the athletics track and though you could in theory stand on the grass behind the metal barriers to watch the action the view on offer of the pitch would be pretty poor. 

Visitors are allocated around a third of the seating in the Main Stand and enjoy the same facilities as home supporters. The view of the pitch is excellent however on a wet and windy day you may find the roof line too high to keep anybody dry. Nevertheless with both sets of supporters in one stand it does give you a chance to get a good atmosphere going.

The stadium sits on a College Complex and there is no bar at the stadium itself. About a ten minute walk away is the intriguingly named 'Sir Gawain & The Green Knight' pub. Situated on Golftyn Lane (turn right out of the College entrance, then take the first right into Golftyn Lane and then the pub is down on the left), this small traditional pub serves real ale and offers food. Just a little further away on Church Street is the larger Halfway House pub. (on the main road going into Connah's Quay Town Centre, turn right out of the College entrance and continue straight on, you will reach the pub on your right. If you continue into Connah's Quay, which is about a 15-20 minute walk away then there are plenty of pubs to be found. 

If arriving by train, then virtually next door to Shotton High Level Station (and only five minutes walk from Shotton Station) is a Wetherspoons pub called the Central Hotel, which is located on Chester Road.

From The South (Wrexham) 
Follow the A550 North of Wrexham then join the A55 at junction 35 and head West towards Northop. Turn off at Junction 33A and head towards Connah's Quay on the B5126. After a couple of miles take a left turn into Ffrord Llanarth then at the end of the junction turn left onto the B5129 Kelsterton Road. After less than a minute you will see the Dee College signposted, take a left turn into the College Grounds then at the mini roundabout turn left. Follow the road as it turns sharply to the right. You will then pass the stadium main stand on your left hand side with entrances to the car parks beyond the stadium on the left and right hand side. The home and away turnstiles for the ground are situated to the left hand side of the Main Stand. 

From The West (Holyhead & Bangor)
Follow the A55 towards Northop then turn off at Junction 33 and turn right onto the A5119 Northop Road, then turn left into the B5126 Connahs Quay Road to take you back over the A55. After a couple of miles take a left turn into Ffrord Llanarth then at the end of the junction turn left onto the B5129 Kelsterton Road. Then as From The South.

From The East (Chester)
Follow the A55 South of Chester towards Northop. Turn off at Junction 33A and head towards Connah's Quay on the B5126.After a couple of miles take a left turn into Ffrord Llanarth then at the end of the junction turn left onto the B5129 Kelsterton Road. Then as From The South.

Alternatively from the East (M56)
At the end of the M56 join the A494 towards Queensferry. Then leave the A494 and take the sliproad onto the A548 (signposted Flint/Chester). At the next roundabout take the fourth exit towards Flint (A548). Cross three roundabouts and after going over the impressive looking Flintshire Bridge, leave at the next exit (signposted Connah's Quay). At the roundabout take the sharp first left hand exit onto the B5129 towards Connah's Quay. After half a mile you will reach the entrance to Deeside College on your right and car parks.
 

The nearest railway station is Shotton, which is just over two miles or a 40 minute walk away from the ground. Shotton is well served by main line North Wales Arriva train services between Holyhead and Chester, as well as the hourly "Borderlands line" South to North running service between Wrexham General and Bidston. Confusingly though, there are two stations called Shotton; Shotton and Shotton High Level. They are in fact only around 150 metres apart, so don't worry if you feel you have got off at the 'wrong one'. From Shotton Station descend down the pathway to the main road, at which you turn right. Go past the Wetherspoons Central Hotel pub (good for a pre-match pint) and walk straight along the High Street and then keep straight along the B5129. You will eventually reach the Deeside College Entrance and the stadium on your left. 

Next to the Wetherspoons in Shotton is an office for Direct Cars (01244 814400), in case you wish to travel by taxi to and from the ground.

If travelling via Chester by bus, then Arriva Bus Service 11, starting at Chester Lower Bus Exchange stops off at Deeside College on the way to Prestatyn and Rhyl. 

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Adults £7
Over 65's £3
Other concessions including Coleg Cambria Students with valid ID £3
Children who become club members can gain access for £1.

Official Matchday Programme £2.

Gap Connah's Quay FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Airbus UK Broughton, Flint Town and Cefn Druids.

Record Attendance

904 v Airbus
UK Europa League Play Off Final 14th May 2016.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 221 (Welsh Premier League)
2016-2017: 230 (Welsh Premier League)
2015-2016: 213 (Welsh Premier League)

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Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the information and Deeside College Stadium layout diagram.

Gap Connah's Quay v Cardiff Metropolitan University
Welsh Cup Quarter-Final
Saturday 29th February 2020, 2.30pm
James Baxter (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Deeside College Stadium?
 
I was spending the weekend with a friend who lives in Flintshire. Our original plan was to go to another Welsh Cup quarter-final, Flint Town United v Prestatyn Town, on the Friday night, followed by a Cheshire non-league game on the Saturday. But waterlogged pitches put paid first to Flint, then to Chester, Witton and Nantwich, leaving Connah's Quay as our final option. We didn't regret it though.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Easy. My friend lives 5 miles or so from Connah's Quay and knows the way to the ground. We drove in and parked on the Deeside College car-park, right next to the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went straight into the ground and had hot drinks there. It seems like a friendly, welcoming club.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Deeside College Stadium?
 
It is an athletics stadium. The one stand offers a fine, elevated view, not just of the pitch, but of part of the Dee Bridge off to the left. There is a standing area in front of this (the stand, not the bridge!). On the other three sides, the athletics track is surrounded by little grassy banks backed by hedges and/or trees. So it's a pleasant sort of place, if not particularly atmospheric. Great credit is due to the ground staff, as the pitch looked almost unaffected by weather that had caused so many other nearby games to be called off.
 
Our View
 
Deeside College Stadium
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I don't think I've ever been at a game where such a strong wind has blown straight down the ground. At one point in the second-half, the Connah's Quay goalkeeper took a goal-kick, then had to come and punch the ball clear as it blew back towards him. Connah's Quay had the elements behind them in the first-half. They forced lots of throw-ins and corners, most of which were launched towards the Mets' six-yard box. The visiting defence dealt admirably with most of them. Connah's Quay striker Michael Wilde did meet a couple with headers, which he directed off-target, while Kris Owens rattled the bar with a direct free-kick. The home team finally took a 37th minute lead through Greg Horan's header, only to lose it to Mets' first attack of the half, in the second minute of stoppage-time. A slick move down the right was neatly finished off by Chris Baker. Given the strength of the wind, Mets would have been happy with a half-time deficit of 1-0, so this goal was a major bonus. 
 
Looking Towards The South End
South End
 
In the second period, Mets based their threat less on set-pieces than on the pace of striker Will Evans. It was he who scored their winning goal on 63 minutes, and he later hit the post with a fine individual effort. A late cameo from Connah's Quay sub Michael Bakare suggested that their attack would have had a bit more variety if he'd played from the start. As it was, they went down to their first home defeat in nearly a year. I haven't seen an official attendance for the game but would guess there were 280-300 or so present. A few were away supporters, though they seemed to be either related to, or friends of, the Mets players. We didn't try the pies, but the hot-drinks were most welcome on such a day.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy. It took about five minutes to leave the car-park and the roads around the ground were clear.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
My over-riding thoughts were that Connah's Quay did superbly to get the game on and that the players of both sides deserve huge credit for making the best of very demanding conditions. I've seen much (much) worse games at supposedly higher levels and in far better conditions. It was a very decent cup-tie, and it rescued our Saturday afternoon.

Connahs Quay v Edinburgh City
Scottish Challenge Cup Semi Final
Saturday 16th February 2019, 7.35pm
John Meechan (Edinburgh City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Deeside College Stadium?

It was a chance to see my team play outside of Scotland (for the first time) and also a chance for my team to make a televised final (also for the first time). Plus it would be nice to visit North Wales.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The nearest train station to the Deeside Stadium is Shotton which is located two miles away along a straight road. Buses are very rare in this part North Wales. However, the taxi company based in Shotton is really good. Shotton is a well-served railway station and is on the Manchester to Llandudno or Holyhead line. The ground was easy to spot so no real complaints on this front, just need to prepared to pay £5 for a taxi each way, but it could have been worse.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I took the Megabus to Manchester then after a pint in the Lost Dene I continued my journey on the train to Shotton. I then took a taxi to the Northop Hotel where I was staying. I would highly recommend the Northop Hotel should accommodation be required, it is a beautiful old country hotel in a rural location which is a short journey from Shotton Station. The grounds around this hotel are fantastic and the service is superb. 

After this I visited the Weatherspoons next to Shotton Station which was fantastic and had some lovely local ales, it was also surrounded by shops and takeaway restaurants. I also visited the Sir Gwayne & The Green Knight pub which is located next to the Spar shop by the ground, the pub was very warmly but had a poor choice of beers. I also had a look in the Connahs Quay social club but as the beer selection was so bad I decided not to stay.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Deeside College Stadium?

I liked the look of the ground; modern with a decent-sized covered stand. The only downside was that the spectators were far away from the pitch due to the athletics track, however, I was impressed all round with the facility and I can imagine that it's a great benefit to the local area.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A boring 1-1 each draw after City went 1 up really early, then disaster struck as we lost on penalties, however, fair play to the Nomads for making the final. I feel sorry for them as the SFA decided to play the final a long way from them in Inverness. The atmosphere was fantastic, a lot of passion and noise from both sets of supporters. The catering was really poor, they ran out of pies really early. The stewards were fine.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I phoned for a taxi to take us back to the Northop Hotel and it turned up really quickly. The taxis in Shotton/Connahs Quay are well run and very reliable. It would have been more fan-friendly if this was an earlier kick off as if this was the case then I could have got the train to my friends place in Stockport and saved money a hotel. I am not saying I would have done this, but I do think fans deserve that choice and an earlier kick off time would have allowed this.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I would highly recommend Connahs Quay for a Football day out. The only downsides are; social club/pie shop catering and the lack of buses. Apart from this everything else was pretty much perfect, the people were very friendly and welcoming to the Edinburgh City fans so a big shout out to the citizens (no pun intended) of Shotton/Northop/Connahs Quay.

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Updated 15th March 2020

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