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Cefn Druids: Wales' oldest football team on the move

Cefn Druids' new 500-seat stadium
Now: Cefn Druids' new ground includes a 500-seat stadium

Wrexham's Cefn Druids are preparing to play one final match at their old ground before moving to pastures new.

Wales' oldest football team, founded in 1872, play a charity match on Tuesday evening between former and current players to mark an end of an era at their Plaskynaston ground, Cefn Mawr.

They start the 2010-11 season in September at a new stadium at nearby Rock Road, Rhosymedre, a purpose-built facility financed by Tesco as part of a land deal.

The retail giant bought the club's current ground for a new store and has been building the new stadium which the club says is worth in the region of £1m, including 500 seats, covered terraces, a clubhouse and parking for 100 vehicles.

"This is a major step forward," says club secretary Mark McKean who reckons the team won't be looking back thanks to the new facilities.

The Druids first match at Plaskynaston in 1961 saw them host a Manchester United youth team, including George Best.

Then: Building the Plaskynaston ground in 1961
Then: Workmen building the Plaskynaston ground in 1961

But their history goes back much further. The club, nicknamed The Ancients, was formed as Plasmadoc FC in 1869, becoming Druids in 1872.

The first ever Wales team in 1876 featured six Druids within the line-up, according to Mr McKean.

Facilities at the new ground have been built to conform with FAW guidelines to enable the team, in principle, to get back to winning ways in the Welsh Premier League after being relegated to the Huws Gray Alliance.

"We hope to get as many people involved with the club over the years to come down to the ground for what is going to be a special night," Huw Griffiths, Cefn Druids' manager told the Western Mail.

Cefn Druids v Cefn Druids Alumni XI, kick-off on Tuesday 10 August at 18.45 BST. All proceeds go to Nightingale House Hospice, Wrexham.




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