TWO football grounds in Gwynedd have been named in the top 100 in the UK.
Bala’s Maes Tegid and Blaenau Ffestiniog’s Cae Clyd made the cut according to football magazine Four Four Two.
They said: “The perfect ground does not exist. Pubs and good patter can be traded off against handy road access or proximity to a station, while one fan’s trash is another’s beloved treasure.
“But some things grab us all: that feeling as you stroll towards a historical behemoth; the sense of calm in a unique beauty spot; a special atmosphere unmatched elsewhere.
“It’s all subjective, of course – but we’ve had a go at running down our favourites anyway.”
Maes Tegid, which was opened in 1950 and has a capacity of 3,000, came in 93 and was lauded for being one of the most pleasant grounds.
“Is it possible to look at Maes Tegid without a feeling of complete serenity?” they wrote.
“With the rolling hills of Snowdonia National Park for company, it’s one of the most pleasant grounds on these shores. Aaaand breathe...”
Blaenau’s Cae Clyd made the top 50, coming in at 46: “We’d imagine the locals were fairly chuffed when their former rubbish tip was transformed into one of Wales’ greatest-looking football grounds in the mid-50s.
“Set in the heart of Snowdonia, it’s now a gorgeous sprawl of hillsides, housing and greenery. Phwoar indeed.”
Five other Welsh grounds were included in the top 100:
• 32. Blandy Park - Garw S.B.G.C
• 40. Cwm Nant-y-Groes – Abertillery Bluebirds
• 78. Cardiff City Stadium – Cardiff City
• 79. Liberty Stadium – Swansea City
• 88. Penydarren Park – Merthyr Town
Top 10 grounds in the UK
10. Wembley Stadium - England
9. Tynecastle Park – Heart of Midlothian
8. St. James’ Park – Newcastle United
7. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Tottenham Hotspur
6. Villa Park – Aston Villa
5. Old Trafford – Manchester United
4. Craven Cottage – Fulham
3. Anfield – Liverpool
2. Celtic Park – Celtic
1. Ibrox – Rangers
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