Homing in on new stadium

The new home of AFC Fylde takes shape at Wesham
The new home of AFC Fylde takes shape at Wesham
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Construction work at AFC Fylde’s new Mill Farm base is continuing apace as the club gets set for its final league game at its current home this weekend.

Ahead of a likely promotion bid through the play-offs, Fylde face Harrogate Town at Kellamergh Park on Saturday - some around six weeks before Mill Farm’s Bradley’s Sports Bar is due to open in time for Euro 2016.

The fitting out of Bradley’s and the stadium cafe started this week with the raised flooring and the ceiling beginning to take shape, while the glazing to the pitch side of the West Stand is now well underway and the striking black cladding which wraps around the who stand is all but complete.

A club spokesman said: “Cladding has also now started to the rear of the East Stand while handrails are currently going up on the South Stand.

“One of the main jobs over the last week has been lifting the huge air conditioning units up onto the roof of the West Stand.

“Brick and block work and mechanical and electrical instillation is ongoing throughout the project and is progressing well.”

The first game at the stadium is set for July 31, when it hoists a testimonial for former Blackpool striker Brett Ormerod. Tickets go on sale in May.

Meanwhile, the Harrogate game will feature a fun, games and celebration as the club prepares to bid farewell to Kellamergh Park.

The afternoon kicks off with a ‘Battle of the Roses’ as Lancashire take on Yorkshire in a tug-of-war competition. After that comes the ‘Chally Challenge’ and fans are invited to try and beat manager Dave Challinor’s long throw record, set in 1998 for Tranmere Rovers at 46.34 metres. The supporter with the longest throw will win a signed ball from the man himself!

There will be face painting for the children up until the 3pm kick-off Fylde vs Harrogate youngsters will go head-to-head in a half-time penalty shoot-out.