Ground: The Airfield
Capacity: 2100 (250 seated)
Admission: £5 adults, £3 senior citizens/children
Broughton (Welsh: Brychdyn) is a small district in northeast Wales, close to the England-Wales border and located to the west of the English City of Chester. Broughton is often confused with Boughton, an area in England to the immediate east of Chester.
Broughton is home to the Airbus wing making factory which manufactures wings for the entire Airbus range, including the new A380. Airbus wings produced in Broughton are flown out in Airbus Beluga planes with the exception of the large A380 wings which are transported by barge along the river Dee to the nearby Mostyn docks.
The town also has a popular shopping park, known simply as Broughton Shopping Park. The popular TV series broadcasting on ITV1 Midsomer Murders announced it would film in Broughton in Autumn 2006.
Broughton is twinned with Auzeville-Tolosane (pop. 31035), a Commune of Toulouse, France.
How to Get There
From the A55 take the Broughton turn off and follow signs for the retail park. First left at roundabout and at large roundabout take 3rd exit (Chester). After 400 yards, turn left into the car park at the traffic lights. Social club (Broughton Wings) opposite ground.
map to The Airfield
Parking: Large car park at ground
Nearest railway station: Hawarden (2.4 miles)
Rivals: Mold Alex, Buckley, Flint Town, Lex XI, Brymbo Broughton
Now firmly established as Airbus UK, the club was formed in 1946 and has played under various guises with the factory – Vickers-Armstrong, de Havilands, Hawker Siddeley, British Aerospace and Bae Systems.
Early years were spent in both the Chester & District League and the Wrexham area.
First Title and 130 Goals
They cantered into the Welsh National League (Wrexham area) Division Two title during the 1991-92 season and won it by a clear 19 points from Gresford Reserves.
In that season they won 28 of their 34 matches and scored a remarkable 130 goals, an average of almost four goals a game. They also reached the NEWFA cup final losing narrowly to Gresford.
They then spent four seasons in Division One; the first two seasons they finished sixth, while in the third season they finished two places better in fourth. Season 1995/96 however saw a further promotion.
They could only finish runners up to Wrexham Colts at the end of the campaign, but it was enough to see them move into the Premier Division of the Welsh National League along with the Colts.
Once again they spent four seasons in the division; the first two saw steady consolidation in finishing 7th and 6th. The 1998/99 season saw them push hard for the title but they could only finish runners up a mere two points behind eventual champions Corwen.
The Cymru Alliance and a Name Change
The following season they went one better and won the title with 21 victories from 30 matches. They ran out champions by four points ahead of Ruthin Town and Penycae. This meant promotion once again, this time into the Cymru Alliance League for the first time in their history. To coincide with the promotion the club changed its name from British Aerospace to Airbus UK.
Their first season in the Cymru Alliance was something of a struggle, but they eventually finished the season a creditable 11th place with 10 wins and 14 defeats in their foot and mouth-disrupted season. As was the pattern with the club after previous promotions, the following seasons saw a steady improvement and the club finished in eighth and fifth spots.
They ran away with the league in 2003/4 to earn promotion to the top flight of Welsh domestic football.
The Wingmakers, as they are known, carried out steady improvements to their ground sited just inside the massive Airbus Works in Broughton prior to their first season in the top flight.
A new stand was built, with new changing rooms just behind, and the pitch was enclosed to meet Welsh Premier ground criteria. Special retractable floodlights enable them to be raised and lowered for games, as the pitch is adjacent to an active runway.
Survival in the Top Flight
Airbus initially ground-shared at Morfa Conwy, but were quickly able to move back to Broughton. After an opening day victory at Newtown, the season was a constant battle against relegation, but results improved towards the end of the campaign. A draw at champions TNS and a home win against high-flying Rhyl were the highlights, although the deciding factor was a three-point deduction for fellow strugglers Afan Lido which enabled the Wingmakers to hang on in the Welsh Premier for another season by the skin of their teeth.
Under new player/manager Gareth Owen, who joined from Connah’s Quay, Airbus consolidated their top flight status in 2005/6, although their survival was not ensured until the last day of the season.
Cymru Alliance champions: 2003-04
NEWFA Challenge Cup runners-up: 1991-92, 2002-03
Broughton Wings Sport & Social Club, The Airfield, Broughton, Flintshire, CH4 0DR.
tel: 01244 522 356