Thursday, 8 December 2011

Chester FC - The Deva Stadium

Chester FC
Deva Stadium
Bumpers Lane

01244 371376

Matchday Number: 92
Tuesday 10th April 2004
Chester City 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers

Coca Cola League 2

Chester City FC may be no more, and may have reformed as Chester FC and be playing in Non League, but Wycombe had many visits there during the former clubs reign in the Football League, the first being a 2-0 victory under Tony Adams in 2004.  The visit I am going to focus on is the 2-2 draw, which was my penultimate visit to the Deva Stadium, again from my old blog.

Wycombe gained a decent 2-2 draw from their visit to The Deva Stadium. Chester who have taken many people by surprise by climbing to 2nd in the table behind the vile Franchise. I am sure if it was between them for the title and the lot who stole Wimbledon's place in the league then everyone in Wycombe and indeed everyone outside the "Stadium:MK" would be cheering today's opponents. But Wycombe showed that they can be up there too with a battling performance.

Now Chester isn't my favourite away trip. Like us they are stuck at the end of an industrial estate, with no pubs visible from the ground. But if you know what you are doing Frankie and Benny's is only a short while away and while it's only an overpriced restaurant-bar it is a godsend to wet your whistle pre-match. And it makes the day that little bit more bearable. The fans were friendly and stewards helpful too which is always nice.

Wycombe's goals came from Sergio Torres and John Sutton, either side of a brace by John Murphy for Chester. Either side could have won it, in my biased mind Wycombe probably shaded it. But in the end the draw was a fair and welcome result.

The Football grounds continued to tick themselves off. On the way:

Alvechurch & Barnt Green Spartak
Oldbury United
Cradley Town
Pelsall Villa

On the way back:

Nantwich Town

Of the grounds I particularly enjoyed Alvechurch (had to go through a kind neighbour's garden!), Redditch (decent ground for The BS North) and Nantwich (smashing new ground)

THE DEVA STADIUM is a plain and dull but smart new ground that was built around the same time as Adams Park, and shares a lot of similarities, not least that it's in the arse end of nowhere! Away supporters are in one end. This used to be a terrace but it got converted to seats to match the 2 stands along the side. Now the only remaining terrace is at the home and and is called the Harry McNally Terrace.

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