Club leaves old
ground for new site
Updated August 2018
A NANTWICH TOWN F.C. PAGE
JUST three games into
the 2018-19 Evostik North Premier season,
Nantwich Town F.C. were TOP OF THE TABLE after the
August 25 match against Lancaster City.
With a 5-2 win over bottom-of-the-table City, the
Dabbers had seven points (the
next highest teams
were on six) and a four-goal difference - six goals
for and two against.
three games, the Dabbers won two and drew one.
course, there was a long way to go yet
with the remaining
fixtures and some rounds of cup games still to be
played. But anything is possible. Don't forget the
Dabbers' success in the 32nd F.A. Vase final in May 2006 after beating Hillington Borough 3-1.
See the article here.
THIS picture shows part of Keepers Chase (as the
former football ground is now called) in May 2010, in a similar view to the
A current view of the ground can be found
A panoramic view of Nantwich Town F.C.'s ground
Jackson Avenue in the summer of 2007.
Nantwich Town's successes here are
just a pleasant memory.
HIGHLIGHTS - AND LOW SPOTS - OF THE DABBERS'
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.
Hopes of hosting
training camp 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
Oldest fan dies at 97
CONGRATULATIONS to Jim Kettle
on becoming 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
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
Jim's Dad wasn't
interested in football, but his son, Graham, grandson, Peter, and great
grandsons Sam and Josh are all keen fans.
Sadly, Jim died
in March 2017 at the age of 97.
to be the Dabbers''
is Dabbers' President
legend Frank Blunstone is presented with a framed photograph by club
Chairman Jon Gold before the friendly game against a Stoke City team on July
The picture shows Frank in front of the Baker, Wynne and Wilson stand at the
Picture courtesy of
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.
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
"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.
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
The stand on the town side of the ground
Forum, Cheshire County F.A., Clare Wilson (Crewe and
Nantwich Borough Council), and South Cheshire Youth league.'
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 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."
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".
The club buildings just inside the entrance
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 the
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