Some information about Saltney Town.
Social Media Accounts
- Website: http://www.saltneytownfc.co.uk/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Saltneytownfc
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saltneytownfc/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saltneytownfc/
Home Town / Village
Saltney Community Centre, Sandy Lane (traditional name), Dragon Steel Stadium (sponsored name)
Saltney Town’s ground is located within the Community Centre grounds, with its entrance just at the junction between Sandy Lane and the A5104 Broughton-Chester road, at the western edge of the town. Limited car parking is available at the ground, with the pitch a short walk down the path from the community centre building, although this area is usually reserved for players and match officials. Additional parking for supporters can be found at the nearby Morrisons supermarket situated further along the A5104, which is less than a 5-minute walk away from the ground. Please note, DO NOT park on Sandy Lane! The club has done improvements on the ground recently with a new stand with seating having been recently installed at the ground.
There are regular bus services between nearby Chester (and its train station) and Saltney, with the Sandy Lane bus stop located very near to the ground on the A5104 Chester Road. This can be reached by either the 3 (Chester to Broughton), 4/4S (Chester to Mold), or 11/11A (Chester to Rhyl via Holywell) Arriva bus routes from Chester. In addition, there is also the 16 (Chester to Saltney Sandy Lane Terminus) Stagecoach In Chester bus route which stops directly opposite the entrance of the ground. Alternatively, a taxi can be acquired from Chester train station with the distance between the two locations not too far away and potentially a reasonable taxi fare.
Hot drinks and snacks are available from the snack bar located on the community centre grounds, whilst alcoholic drinks can be bought from the nearby Saltney Ferry pub, which is just a five-minute walk down the A5104 in the direction of Broughton, located at the junction of the main road and Mainwaring Drive. In addition, the vast amount of pubs and restaurants within the City of Chester are a short journey away and provide a greater choice of options.
There is evidence of football being played in the border town of Saltney since 1908 when a team played in the Anglo-Welsh ‘Combination’ league. Whilst Saltney Community Centre FC was very successful throughout the 1990s, reaching as high as the Welsh Alliance (the third tier in the Welsh football pyramid). This current side, Saltney Town, play on the same ground as the old Saltney CC team, and were founded in 2010 by two locals who wanted to bring their community together through football.
Since the rebirth of Saltney football, they have been very successful, winning the North East Wales FA Horace Wynne Cup in their debut season, and then gaining promotion to the third tier in their second season as champions of the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division One. From 2012 until 2020, the Bordermen competed in the WNL Premier Division, steadily improving each season. Their highest league finish came in the 2018-19 season, when Saltney achieved a sixth-place finish in the league. Due to Welsh football’s restructuring of the football pyramid in 2020, Saltney Town became founding members of the new third-tier Ardal NW league.
The 2021-22 Welsh Cup campaign would be a memorable one for the Bordermen as they reached the fourth round of the national cup competition – the only team from the Ardal Leagues to reach that far into the Welsh Cup for that season. They started in the First Qualifying Round and defeated Ruabon Rovers (7-2), Brickfield Rangers (3-0), Y Felinheli (3-1), Llanrhaeadr (5-3), and Penrhyncoch (0-0 but 4-2 on penalties) en route to set-up a tie with Cymru Premier side Aberystwyth Town at Sandy Lane. The third-tier side managed to keep the scores goalless for 120 minutes of play on their own turf but was incredibly unfortunate to exit the competition by losing 4-5 after a penalty shootout.
FIVE-YEAR LEAGUE HISTORY
- 2017-18: Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division – 7th
- 2018-19: Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division – 6th
- 2019-20: Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division – 9th*
- 2020-21: Ardal North West – Season Abandoned
- 2021-22: Ardal North West – 8th
[* – Decided on points per game]
Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division One
North East Wales FA Horace Wynne Cup
94th MINUTE BLOGLIST
- The Groundhog – 20th January 2018: Saltney Town vs. Llay Welfare