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Gladstone Playing Fields
The Gladstone Playing Fields are located in between Hawarden and Ewloe, opposite Hawarden High School, and not far away from Buckley/Ewloe junction on the A494 road. Car parking is readily available at the fields, with the football field a short walk away from the car park. Note that they are public fields, so the facilities can be basic with snacks and hot drinks not always available there.
The fields are just a ten-minute walk away from Hawarden railway station, which is located on the Borderlands Line, whilst there is also the Groomscroft bus stop very near to the entrance of the playing fields. The 4/4S (Chester to Mold) Arriva bus routes will take you directly from Chester train station to Hawarden’s Groomscroft bus stop, and the journey will take about 45 minutes. The nearest pub to the Gladstone Playing Fields is the Crown & Liver Inn, which is a ten-minute walk in the direction of Ewloe, whilst the Fox & Grapes and the Glynne Arms are located on the main street in the middle of the village, roughly a fifteen-minute walk away from the ground but just five minutes from the train station.
Hawarden Rangers are a famous team within Flintshire football, as they are renowned for their excellent youth teams which have produced professional players, such as Barry Horne, Ian Rush and Michael Owen. Their senior side was founded in 1971 as a natural progression for the many players who progressed through the youth teams in the town. For the vast majority of their history, they competed within the Clwyd League system, and were considered one of the stronger teams within Clwyd throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Since 2005 however, Hawarden has competed in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area), and in the Premier Division, in particular, having finished as high as second position in 2013-14. Sadly they experienced relegation at the end of the 2018-19 season which saw them compete in the WNL Division One for the first time, but Rangers managed to securely claim the Division One title in their first season at the fourth-tier. After the reorganisation of Welsh football in 2020, Hawarden found themselves in the fourth-tier North East Wales League Premier Division. However, at the end of the 2021-22 season, they were successful in their application to fill one of the vacancies in the Ardal North West league and gained promotion back to the third tier despite finishing in fourth position in the NEWFL Premier Division the previous season.
FIVE-YEAR LEAGUE HISTORY
- 2017-18: Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division – 10th
- 2018-19: Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division – 15th [RELEGATED]
- 2019-20: Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division One – 1st*
- 2020-21: North East Wales League Premier Division – Season Abandoned
- 2021-22: North East Wales League Premier Division – 4th [PROMOTED]
[* – Decided on points per game]
Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division One
Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division Three
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- The Groundhog – 23rd May 2018: Hawarden Rangers vs. Penycae