With the Tranmere Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup tie being switched to the Friday evening for TV broadcasting, I was able to take advantage of the opportunity to visit a new venue in the vicinity the following day. To reach The Airfield by public transport is relatively straightforward. There are a number of frequent bus routes connecting Chester and Broughton with routes 4 and 12 stopping directly outside the ground.
On arrival at the ground, which is situated within the vast Airbus complex, I was able to go inside and take some photographs. The extremely helpful club official (Steve) that I met, was clear that although it is ok to take pictures of the football ground, it is not permissible to photograph the airfield runway and associated structures. There is a company social club across the road from the ground and prior to the match I went there for a pint (no real ale so opted for Guinness) and was able to watch some televised FA Cup football.
The ground boasts an artificial playing surface, one of a number I have seen in Welsh football. Along one side of the pitch is the main club building which houses the changing facilities along with a boardroom/sponsor’s lounge. In front of this building is a small covered seated stand. Also along this side is an extremely well stocked club shop and a refreshment trailer, serving hot drinks, burgers etc.
On the opposite side of the pitch is a larger covered seated stand and yet another stand (also seated and covered) is situated behind the end of the ground that backs on to the airfield. The remaining end of the ground is where the turnstile entrance is located, but there are no further spectator facilities.
This match saw top of the table Airbus host twelfth placed Prestatyn Town. The visitors were well supported and those that had made the trip from the coastal town were rewarded when Prestatyn took the lead in the first period. An equaliser early in the second half looked to pave the way for another home victory. However, the visitors claimed all three points following the second goal capping a battling performance against the team favourites to win the league. The winning goal was adjudged to have crossed the line by the assistant referee. Not a popular decision for some but this Pieman saw it the same way and believe he got it right. A bus within ten minutes of the match ending meant I was back at Chester station just after 5pm with plenty of time to catch my connection to Crewe.
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