Following Oswestry Town’s departure from the Victoria Road ground in 1988 due to mounting debts, the club disappeared for a few seasons before making a comeback on the athletics ground at Park Hall in 1993.
The club played at the ground in Park Hall for ten seasons, before they ran into financial difficulties and were eventually saved by TNS chairman Mike Harris, who bought the ground in 2003 and merged the Oswestry and Llansantffraid teams.
Ten years ago redevelopment work started, although it wasn’t until 2007 that TNS were able to play their first game on the pitch. The £3 million project totally changed the face of football in Oswestry, creating a state-of-the-art 3G pitch and planning permission for 3,000 seats. It also features a major leisure development known as The Venue, with changing rooms, match officials’ rooms, function rooms, a 10 pin bowling alley, bar and catering facilities, an indoor children’s soft play area and gym.
Ian Williams General Manager at The Venue, has developed a community around the football club. “The aim of the venue was to provide first class training and match day facilities for the football club, but also to have somewhere that non-football fans could still enjoy themselves, you don’t get that at any other football club. We get lots of families visiting on match days who all have different interests. Dad might want to watch the football, while the kids can play in the soft play area or go bowling and mum can go to the gym. It’s an inclusive space and as such the diversity of the people we get coming here is vast.”