Club in ground work joy

AFC Fylde's new stand at Kellamergh Park
AFC Fylde's new stand at Kellamergh Park
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A club with ambitions to play in the Football League has been given a major boost after work on an £85,000 upgrade of its ground was completed.

Construction of a new 250 seat stand, flood lights, crash barriers and a toilet block at AFC Fylde’s Kellamergh Park in Warton was finished this week.

AFC Fylde held an open day at Ribby Hall Holiday Village to reveal detailed plans for their new stadium and to allow supporters to sign up for seats.'Chairman David Haythornthwaite (left) and Manager Dave Challinor.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-3-2015

AFC Fylde held an open day at Ribby Hall Holiday Village to reveal detailed plans for their new stadium and to allow supporters to sign up for seats.'Chairman David Haythornthwaite (left) and Manager Dave Challinor. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-3-2015

The Coasters have ambitions of playing in the Football League by 2022 and currently lie second in the Vanarama Conference North.

If promoted the club will enter the re-named National League from next season – one step away from League Two football.

And following a recent inspection, AFC Fylde’s Kellamergh Park ground has been declared fit for the new league – formerly known as the Football Conference.

The news is a further boost for the Coasters, who won planning permission for a 6,000 capacity stadium in Mill Farm, Wesham, last year.

AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite said: “This news is well worth the investment.

“It’s no secret we want to play at a higher level and although our new ground will come on stream in March next year we had to plan for promotion this year.

“With two games to go we still have a realistic chance of automatic promotion, if not we will be in the play-off lottery.

“If we don’t go up we will have no regrets about the investment even though some of it will appear to some as wasted money.

“As the old saying goes if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

As part of the improvements Fylde’s ground now has an increased capacity of 3,180.

AFC Fylde’s new home in Wesham will include a modern 2,000 all-seated main stand with supporters’ bar, restaurant, nursery, executive boxes, offices and function room.

The stadium is part of a wider scheme including state-of-the-art all weather pitches, a full-sized floodlit football pitch, food store, petrol station, hotel and public house.

Mr Haythornthwaite added: “It’s been a long road but we’re finally here and pleased that within a year we will have some excellent facilities in place that will bring the community together and provide a place to enjoy time with friends and family, while supporting their football team.”