Chester City

Ground Name: The Deva Stadium
Capacity: 5,376 (4,170 seated)
Address: 
Bumpers Lane, Chester, CH1 4LT
Main Telephone No: 01244 371 376
Fax No: 01244 390 265
Team Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1992
Home Kit Colours: Blue & White
Official Web Site: 
www.chestercityfc.net
Unofficial Web Sites: 
www.chester-city.co.uk
Deva Chat Message Board

What are the grounds like?

The ground was opened in 1992. All four sides are covered and are roughly the same height, making the stadium look quite tidy. Each stand has perspex windshields to each side, whilst the corners of the ground are open. The stadium is a small, fairly simple affair with three sides being seated and the home end being terrace. The Vaughan East Stand is slightly taller than the facing Liversage West Stand, having a few more rows of seating and some enclosed glassed viewing areas at the back of it. The home North Terrace was during the 2006/07 renamed the Harry Mcnally Terrace after a former manager. The stadium is completed with a set of four thin modern floodlight pylons. One interesting fact about the ground is that most of it (apart from half the East Stand and the club offices) is in actually situated in Wales.

What is it like for visiting supporters?

In an unusual move the Club have made the away terrace at the ground all seated (is this so that they can charge away fans more?). This means that for most games away fans are allocated the APC Overnight South Stand and part of the Liversage West Stand. In total around 1,200 places are available, with just under 800 in the South Stand and the remainder in the West. If demand requires it, then the whole of the Liversage (West) Stand can be given to away supporters, raising the overall allocation to around 2,000. The Shire Foods Chicken Balti Pie is available inside the stadium. Normally a friendly, relaxed day out and a good atmosphere can be created inside.

Where to drink?

Unfortunately the Social Club at the ground no longer admits away supporters and as there are very few drinking outlets close to the ground. Ben Trasler a visiting Northampton Town fan informs me; ‘The nearby Megabowl has a bar inside, which was popular with Cobblers fans on our last visit’. Otherwise it is a 15 minute walk into the city centre to find a local hostelry. Lee Wilcox recommends ‘the Coach and Horses and the Dublin Packet near the Town Hall. The latter was once owned by ex Everton striker Dixie Dean.  Near to the train station down by the canal is the excellent Old Harkers Arms which also serves good food’. Whilst Mark Pilling adds; ‘Also worth a visit are the ‘Ship Victory’ on George Street and the Mill Hotel. The latter serves a large selection of real ales’.

How to get there and where to park?

The ground is located out of town on an industrial estate. Stay on the M56 until you reach a roundabout at the end of the motorway. Follow the signs to North Wales & Queensferry A5117. After around one and a half miles you will reach a set of traffic lights where you need to bear left on to the A550 (signposted North Wales & Queensferry). Then from the A550, take the A548 towards Chester. Head straight through the first set of traffic lights and after passing a Vauxhall and then a Renault garage on your left, turn right at the next lights (there is a Volvo Garage on the corner) into Sovereign Way. Continue to the end of Sovereign Way and then turn right into Bumpers Lane and the entrance to the Club car park is just down on the right. If you team is bringing a large following then allow some more time for your journey as the roads around the stadium can quickly become jammed.

There is plenty of car parking available at the ground (£3), however if you use the club car park, it can be quite difficult to get away easily after the match. Henry Willard a visiting Yeovil fan adds; ‘It may be an idea if you can plan an appropriate route, to stay in the left hand lane as you leave the car park and head westwards away from the city centre, as most of the traffic after the game seems to go towards town’.

By train

Chester railway station is over two miles from the ground, so it is probably best to jump in a taxi which will cost around £5. Leave the station by the main exit opposite the Town Crier, and turn right into Station Road. Head between the Egerton Arms and the Railway Inn, and at the end of the street enter the underpass. In the underpass look for the first exit and then steps signed for Frodsham Street. Head towards the Oddfellows Arms but just before the bridge turn right into Gorse Stacks. When reaching the crossroads by the Bull & Stirrup go straight over into Canal Street and on under the dual carriageway ring road. At the next junction turn left, past Telford’s Warehouse on the right hand side, and over the canal. The road then divides. Take the right hand option, South View Road. At the T-junction at the end of South View Road turn right. You are now in Sealand Road. Carry along Sealand Road for half a mile or so until you see Bumpers Lane on your left. Around half a mile down Bumpers Lane you’ll reach the stadium.

Local Rivals

Wrexham, Tranmere Rovers.

Fixtures

For the Chester fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website)

Record and Average attendance

At Sealand Road:
20,500 v Chelsea
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 15th 1952.

At Deva Stadium:
5,987 v Scarborough
Conference League, April 17th 2004.

Average Attendance: 
2008-2009: 1,972 (League Two)
2007-2008: 2,479 (League Two)
2006-2007: 2,473 (League Two)