The Globe Way Recreation Ground and Pavillion is better known as The Globe and is a purpose-built football stadium constructed with the assistance of Buckley Town Council and the Alyn & Deeside Leisure Service. It sits within the Etna Country Park between Etna Road, Globe Way and the Spencer Industrial Estate. Sitting on a bank in front of the Etna Park it has views over the Dee Estuary to the Wirral, Liverpool and beyond.
It was officially opened by Councillor W. A. Jones J.P. the Chairman of Flintshire County Council on Saturday 12th September 1998 and the first game played there was a Welsh National League game between Buckley Reserves and Gresford Athletic Reserves on the 22nd August 1998 with Buckley coming out on top in a 3-1 victory. The honour of scoring the first-ever goal at The Globe went to Anthony Hinchcliffe.
A newspaper article from the Chester Chronicle written by Julian Weldrick titled, “PITCH HUNT HOTTING UP | Soccer players in Buckley have moved a step nearer their goal of finding new pitches in their home town” documented how the ground came into being.
The article states, “Some months ago, an action committee was set up by Buckley & Bistre Junior Football Club, who run several teams and have more than a hundred youngsters on their books.
Because of the shortage of pitches in their home town, several of the senior and junior sides have traveled to Deeside for ‘home’ games, or play on below standard pitches.
However, the clubs’ plight has now been taken up by Alyn & Deeside Leisure Service officials and councilors, and a meeting has been called for next Tuesday, at Buckley Town Council offices.
And the call for a meeting has been warmly welcomed by Malcolm and the action committee.
“Considering the vandalism in Buckley recently, it is essential youngsters and teenagers have facilities to keep them usefully occupied.”
“We feel the Etna Tip site would be suitable and hope moves towards getting the problem sorted out can be made at next week’s meeting.”
“Ideally, the meeting will look at both the long and short-term means of helping out soccer teams in the area,” he added.
Malcolm has been backed in the campaign by Stan Jones and Tommy Laughton and Bistre’s secretary, Norma King.
One of the senior clubs attending the meeting included Deeside Sunday League first division side Hope & Anchor, who have to play all ‘home’ matches at Sealand Manor, in Garden City.
Other clubs invited to the meeting are Sunday League third division club Nant Inn, along with third division Leeswood side Prince of Wales, who formerly used a Buckley pitch.
Malcolm Dinsdale, who is seen in the photo above of the meeting, is still involved at Buckley Town FC as a volunteer and a groundsman on the pitch he helped bring into being.