Opening of Globe Way Recreation Ground and Pavillion

The Beatles once sang:

“It was twenty years ago today,

Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play,

They’ve been going in and out of style,

But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile”

Buckley Town Football Club’s Committee have been remembering that twenty years ago this week the official opening of the ‘Globe Way Recreation Ground and Pavillion’ took place on the 12th September 1998.

A plaque commemorating the day hangs in the Committee Room to this day, recording the opening by Councillor W A Jones JP, Flintshire County Council Chairman.

The first game ever played at the Globe was a little earlier on 22nd August 1998 and saw Buckley Reserves beat Gresford Athletic Reserves 3-1 with Anthony Hinchcliff scoring the first ever Buckley goal at the ground. A plaque from the Committee also commemorates that goal.


The main stand at the Globe came from Deeside Sports Centre after great help and support from local Councillor Dennis Hutchinson, who was also a Chairman of Buckley Town FC.

The late Mr Ron Hampson was another local Councillor who was always a great help and supporter of Buckley Town FC.

Only President Jeff Bradshaw, Mike Williams and John Aird still remain as Committee members. 

The original committee from 1998 after moving from The Elfed to the Globe was as follows:

Peter Gomery Chairman
Jeff Bradshaw President
Allan Brown Vice Chairman / Fund Raising
Bill Evans Treasurer
Mike Williams Secretary
John Aird Fund Raising
Ken Hughes Fund Raising
Derek Ince Committee
Andy Dodd Committee
Roy Greaves Committee
Steve Owens Committee
Derek Cairns Committee
Alan Buckley Committee
Gary Collins Committee
Peter Grindley Committee
Mrs Leslie Gomery Committee
Mrs Bev Ince Committee

John Aird has dug into his memory bank for these recollections and the present day Committee would be pleased to hear your memories of the opening of the Globe.

The club are planning a commemoration of 20 years at the Globe, and details will be published on this club website shortly.

Buckley Town Footbal Club, like Sgt Peppers band has also “been going in and out of style and they are still guaranteed to raise a smile” and certainly looking forward to the next 20 years.

John Spooner

With thanks to John Aird

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