Updated April 28, 2012
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THIS picture shows part of Keepers Chase (as the
former football ground is now called) in May 2010, in a similar view to the
picture below). Work continues on the former stand side of the ground. More pictures can be found on
A panorama of Nantwich Town
F.C.'s ground at Jackson Avenue in the summer of 2007. Nantwich Town's successes here are
now just a pleasant memory as Barratt 's develop the site.
NANTWICH Town FC played their
last game at the Jackson Avenue ground on April 21, 2007, when a
0-0 draw put them into the then Unibond League. For photographs from the last match, see
this page on this website.
Cup win rounds off season
CONGRATULATIONS to the Dabbers on winning the
Cheshire Senior Cup by beating Stalybridge Celtic 1-0 in the final at
Chester on Tuesday, April 24. The scorer, in the first half, was
Michael Lennon. Stalybridge play in the Blue Square North league. This was
the fourth time Nantwich Town had won the cup.
Charity football match
A CHARITY match between soap stars from Emmerdale, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks
against the Charity All Stars XI, will be played on Sunday, April
29, 2pm, at the Weaver Stadium. All proceeds will go to the Wingate Centre,
Wrenbury, which helps people of all ages who have disabilities. Admission
is £2, pay on the gate.
GOALKEEPER Jon Brain (left) has signed a two-year extension
to his contract.
Nantwich manager, Jimmy Quinn (also pictured) is
reported to be delighted to keep Brain who he believes is the ‘best keeper
in the division’.
He said: "This provides us with the foundation
to build for an exciting and successful campaign next season. The fact that
Jon is prepared to commit his immediate future to us, shows the belief he
has in the club, its supporters and our ambitions."
Club to host prestigious women's final
Arsenal Ladies Reserves who
won the trophy at the Weaver Stadium two years ago
NANTWICH Town hosted the FA Women’s Premier
Reserve League Cup Final at the Weaver Stadium on Sunday, March 11.
The club hosted the game two years
ago when Arsenal Ladies defeated Everton Ladies - and the 2012 final was
again between Arsenal and
Nantwich Town Chairman, Jon Gold, said: "We are delighted to be
hosting the match. This is the second occasion we’ve hosted the final for
The Football Association and look forward to welcoming supporters of the
women’s game to the Weaver Stadium. It’s a prestigious game and we are
delighted to have been chosen again.”
New website for club
NANTWICH Town has a new website (same
The club says: "The
new website is easier to navigate and contains a host of information
about every aspect of the club including history, player profiles,
youth development, events, match reports, match previews and up to
date news coming out of the Weaver Stadium."
website is the work of
Nantwich Town Chairman, Jon
Gold, who commented: “The current web site has served us
well, but we are conscious that we now live in media
hungry and technology-driven times. Our recent F.A Cup
success highlighted this and the inadequacies we had
also have many different facets to the club, from the
first team to youth development, and numerous events
taking place, and so we felt that the time was right to
build and launch a new site that would reflect our
development as a club and to keep our supporters, media
and commercial partners abreast of what's happening at
of the best things about the new site is that visitors
can sign up for our e-mail news alert service and
receive breaking news and alerts about all things
Nantwich Town as they happen direct to their inboxes. I
would encourage everyone to sign up to ensure that they
don't miss out."
Steve at Wembley Stadium
NANTWICH Town's Steve Smithies, the
club’s Football Development Officer,
found himself rubbing shoulders with some of the most illustrious
names in the game at a top conference at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, December 4,
As an FA Charter
Standard Community Club, Nantwich Town FC is well respected in the
football world for encouraging and developing young
footballers. With more than 20 youth teams and over 500 boys
and girls participating in football, the club is seen as leading the way in developing football in the
That work was recognised by the
Football Association who invited Steve to make a presentation at
the prestigious FA Licensed Coaches’ Conference. Steve spoke just after Sir Trevor Brooking
and outlined the work Nantwich Town FC does in the
Not to be
DESPITE hopes of progressing in the FA Cup, the
Dabbers went out in the first round proper when they came up against MK Dons
in an away match on Saturday, November 12, losing 6-0 (half time score 2-0)
to the nPower League 1 team.
But this was not the biggest defeat
of the day as Bradford P.A. went down 8-1 to AFC Totton.
Since September, the Dabbers had
beaten Ramsbottom, Northwich Vics, Kendal and Nuneaton.
New press officer appointed
ASHLEY Houghton has been appointed as the
new press officer of Nantwich Town F.C. Ashley, 20, a sports journalism
student at Staffordshire University has worked with newspapers such as
the Shropshire Star and Northwich Guardian and is part of the Red Shift
Radio team, which is the club’s media partners.
Ashley (right) has
written for Witton Albion, thisisanfield.com and AFC Telford United. He
takes over from Phil Johnson who has had to step down from the role.
Club Director Michael Chatwin
said, “We’re delighted that Ashley has come on board as press officer.
The club is very grateful to Phil Johnson for everything he has done and
I’m sure Ashley will build on all his good work.”
The appointment comes with the
club website set to be re-vamped shortly and live home match commentary
now being provided by Red Shift Radio.
Football legend becomes Dabbers'
Frank Blunstone is presented with a framed photograph by club Chairman Jon
Gold before the friendly game against a Stoke City team on July 30.
The picture shows Frank in front of the Baker, Wynne and Wilson stand at the
Pictures courtesy of Simon J. Newbury Photography.
FORMER Chelsea and England
footballer, Frank Blunstone, has accepted the honorary
position of Nantwich Town F.C.'s Club President.
lives in Nantwich, is a familiar face at the Weaver
Stadium, a keen fan of the Dabbers and a season ticket
Chairman, Jon Gold, said: “Frank is a football
legend.His achievements in the game are phenomenal and,
to this day, Frank is revered at Stamford Bridge. It’s
great that he’s agreed to become our President.”
Frank said, “I’m deeply honoured to be asked to become President of
Nantwich Town Football Club. Nantwich is my local club
and I’ve always received a very warm welcome at the
Weaver Stadium. I’m pleased to do whatever I can to
help the club.”
Frank, who is
76, was born in Crewe and started his career with Crewe
Alexandra. Chelsea Manager Ted Drake paid £7,500 for his
services in 1953 and his performances soon gained him
national recognition. Frank gained his first England cap
against Wales in 1954 and, in all, was capped five times
by his country. A flying left winger, Frank helped
Chelsea to their first League championship title in 1955
and altogether clocked up 350 appearances for the Blues.
He retired from playing in
1964, going on to manage Brentford who he took to
promotion to the Third Division in 1972.
Clive takes on role of Vice-Chairman
APPOINTED Chairman of Nantwich Town F.C. in
1998, Clive Jackson has taken on the role of Vice-Chairman after work
commitments meant he was out of the U.K. Clive was a leading figure in
the Dabbers' move from the Jackson Avenue ground to the Weaver Stadium.
The new Chairman is Jon Gold.
Dabbers training camp hopes dashed
NANTWICH Town F.C.'s hopes of their ground being used
as a training base for one of the teams in the 2018 World Cup were dashed
when England missed out on being chosen as the hosts of the event. in
December 2010. More
Now a limited company
NANTWICH TOWN FC became a limited company -
Nantwich Football Trust Ltd - in a move to secure its future for some years
to come. The change
took place in July 2010.
Read more on
That's on the Evo-Stik Premier League's website - the new name for
the Unibond League. It is basically the Northern Premier League but a new
sponsor - Evo-Stik Adhesives and Sealants - means a new name. The previous sponsors,
Unibond, ended their sponsorship after 16 years.
Sponsorship deal for first team home shirts
A MAJOR sponsorship
agreement for their first team home shirts during the 2010/11 season has
been signed by the club with Cheshire-based County Insurance. The
“Insurance4Your” logo will be emblazoned across the front of the home shirts
and displayed around the Weaver Stadium and the 3G pitch.
Tim Crighton of
County Insurance said: "Insurance4Your are delighted to be sponsoring
Nantwich Town. We wanted to support our local club whilst also promoting our
brand and service to local residents."
Nantwich Town F.C.
Commercial manager Jon Gold said “A club such as Nantwich Town is dependent
on the support and generosity of its partners and we are grateful to all of
them and hopefully we will be in a position to announce further partners in
the next few weeks."
The new look shirts were
worn for the first time in pre-season games with Stoke City and Crewe
Alexandra". Replicas will be available to purchase from the club store.
From a press release
issued by the club.
Acting managers get the job
PLAYERS Kevin Street and Darren Tinson have been
appointed as the club's managerial team on a permanent basis, the Crewe and
Nantwich Guardian reported on May 6, 2010.
While they were caretaker
managers, the Dabbers won five of the six matches they played and drew the
other, with a clean sheet on all the four away matches.
Pete Hall leaves as Head Coach
"NANTWICH Town F.C. and Head Coach Pete Hall
have regrettably parted company by mutual consent." That is the start of a
statement posted on the club's official website at the end of March 2010.
It goes on: "The club wishes to
place on record its sincere thanks for all the hard work, enthusiasm and
dedication Pete has given during his time at the club in both coaching and
"He leaves with the best wishes of
everyone at the club and will always be very welcome at the Weaver Stadium".
A successor to Pete Hall is
not expected to be appointed until the summer. Meanwhile, players Kevin
Street and Darren Tinson are acting joint managers.
The Dabbers dropped to 15th place
in the Unibond Premier League table after a number of lost matches, although
they had risen to 11th place after a 3-0 away win against Whitby the
Saturday after Pete left. The team finished the season in 10th
Hall was assistant to former manager Steve Davis through the club's meteoric
rise through the leagues and their two cup wins. Pete
had a brief to win two more promotions in three years - with the Blue Square
Conference in 2012 as the eventual aim.
He was helped as manager by Kevin
Street, one-time Crewe Alex mid-fielder. Kevin didn't actually apply for the
job of managing the Dabbers, but Pete Hall wanted him as his assistant.
Steve Davis, who led the team
through two promotions in two years - missing out on a third in 2009 -
had returned to Crewe Alex, for whom he was once a player, to be assistant
manager, working with the Crewe manager, Gudjon Thordarson.
Read the club's
full statement here.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jim Kettle, the
Dabbers' oldest and longest "serving"
fan. Jim joined the growing ranks of the town's 90-year-olds on February 22,
It was at the
tender age of nine that Jim stood on the sidelines at Jackson Avenue, supporting
his favourite team, who were then playing in the old Cheshire League.
The ground was
just round the corner from his home. But his parents wouldn't let him travel
to away games, he told Michael Chatwin for the book "Proud to be the Dabbers''.
Jim's Dad wasn't
interested in football, but his son, Graham, grandson, Peter, and great
grandsons Sam and Josh are all keen fans.
to be the Dabbers''
NANTWICH Town FC's stadium address is Nantwich Town F.C., The Weaver Stadium,
Waterlode, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BS. The phone number is
The Weaver Stadium story
WORK on Nantwich
Town F.C.'s long-awaited £3.75 million new ground started on August 21, 2006.
It was two years since the plans
for the new ground in Kingsley Fields were first announced, but it was not until
July 11 that Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council planners gave the go-ahead for
The announcement on the website (www.nantwichtownfc.com)
"Nantwich Town FC have announced
that they have completed the purchase of the site for their new ground at
Kingsley Fields and the sale of their Jackson Avenue ground to Barratt Homes.
After lengthy legal delays, a start is now expected on site on 21st August,
"Main contractor Bossons will start work on the £3.75million
project which is expected to take 40 weeks to complete. It means that the
scheduled match against Squires Gate on 14th April, 2007, will be the club's
last at Jackson Avenue. Further updates will appear on the website as work
Previously the website had said the club
had received almost £1 million from the
Football Foundation -
"the U.K.'s largest sporting charity" - which announced it had awarded the
club "one of their largest ever grants." The actual sum was £959,995 which
also included £100,000 for a football development officer "to create more
opportunities for players of all ages and abilities to play the national
game." The Football Stadium Improvement Fund was also behind the grant.
Forty weeks after the starting date, the club can expect to have "a superb
new stadium . . . a community sports facility . . . a full-size floodlit 3rd
Generation pitch and a modern, two-storey changing pavilion, housing male
and female changing rooms for players and match officials,
medical rooms and a huge social and
I won't quote the website at length. Read it
for yourself by following the link above. But here is just one more quote from
the site. "Nantwich Town Chairman, Clive Jackson said
have worked very hard over a number of years at the club to develop
infrastructure to support our football development plan. The final stage
of this was to provide facilities for the use of our own sides and the community
in general. This would never have been possible without support and funding from
The Football Foundation. . . and the other contributors to the project -
Nantwich Town Council (£100,000) and Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council
'We would further wish to thank the organisations and individuals who have
worked along side us to make this project possible, namely the local Football
Development Forum, Cheshire County F.A., Clare Wilson (Crewe and Nantwich
Council), and South Cheshire Youth league.
The stand at Jackson Avenue
a personal note, I would like thank all of our supporters for
their patience - Jon Brydon (Vice-Chairman) and Michael Chatwin
(President), Bob Melling and the Youth Committee who
have made my visions and dreams for this project turn into reality.' "
The Nantwich Chronicle of July
11 quoted Mr Jackson as saying: "It has taken a long time but good things come
to those who wait. It is a great foundation to build on and the ground will
finally give our 28 teams a place to call home.
"We are aiming to get
promotion this season and then consolidate what we have got and push forward
with the aim of achieving Conference
football in the next few years."
Another view of the London Road
The newspaper said the ground "will
have a capacity of 3,500, a 350-seat grandstand and covered standing
accommodation for a further 700 spectators, making it amongst the best
non-league grounds in the country".