Sunday, October 02, 2011
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Treflan, Llansantffraid



FOR 14 years until the end of season 2006/7, The New Saints played home Welsh Premier League and other senior games at Treflan.
Not the most impressive ''stadium'' in Wales, but not bad for a village the size of Llansantffraid (population just over 1,000).
Bang in the middle of the village, the Recreation Ground was developed into a 2,000 capacity, 1,000 seater stadium with corporate hospitality box, TV gantry and floodlights upgraded to 500 Lux.
However, despite these facilities and considerable work to improve the playing surface, the ground was not capable of enclosure or upgrading to meet the Welsh Premier''s criteria for season 2009/10 and beyond.
In addition, it was unable to meet Uefa criteria for the staging of European ties, which meant that TNS were forced to play ''home'' Champions League and Uefa Cup ties at Newtown, Wrexham and Cardiff.
Attendances for Welsh Premier games averaged 327 in the final season with a high of 637 for the televised visit of Rhyl.
On 9 August 2002, Treflan saw a record crowd of 1,996 for the pre-season friendly visit of Chelsea, when Gianfranco Zola scored a hat-trick.
The record Welsh Premier attendance was 1,042 for the visit of Rhyl on 23 January 2005.
The final game to be played on the ground was a 4-1 Welsh Premier win over Carmarthen Town on 24 April 2007, after which TNS were presented with the league championship trophy.
Treflan is now used by Llansantffraid Village FC.

[Treflan photo by Matthew Ashton].

Highest attendance

On 9 August 2002, Treflan saw a record crowd of 1,996 for the pre-season friendly visit of Chelsea.
The record Welsh Premier attendance was 1,042 for the visit of Rhyl on 23 January 2005.