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AWAY DAY GUIDE: WREXHAM v CITY

29 August 2023

Fixture News

AWAY DAY GUIDE: WREXHAM v CITY

29 August 2023

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Mark Hughes’ men are back on the road this evening with a trip to Wrexham in the second round of the Carabao Cup. 

After advancing past Accrington Stanley on penalties in the first round, the Bantams will travel to North Wales - with action set to get underway from 7.45pm. 

We have compiled a handy away day guide packed full with useful information ahead of the encounter. 

TICKETS

Tickets for tonight's clash are SOLD OUT, with a total of 1,063 Bantams making the trip, and seated in both tiers of the Wrexham Lager Stand. 

REMINDER: No ticket collections will be available from Wrexham on matchday whatsoever. All tickets which have not been purchased physically from the University of Bradford Stadium will be posted out in advance of the game. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the location of the away supporter kiosks being in view of the pitch at SToK Cae Ras, City supporters will not be able to purchase alcohol inside the ground. 

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STADIUM ADDRESS

STōK Cae Ras

Mold Road

Wrexham

LL11 2AH

ABOUT THE GROUND

With a mix of traditional and modern elements, the Racecourse Ground has a seated capacity of over 10,500 which is covered in the club’s traditional red and white colours. 

Backed with heavy investment, Wrexham hope to expand their stadium, by adding 5,000 seats to their Kop End. 

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

Newly-promoted Wrexham clinched promotion to the fourth tier after a record-breaking National League campaign saw them amass 111 points. 

Backed heavily by the investment of American actors, and now businessmen, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, a lot of media attention has surrounded the Welsh outfit as they look to tackle the EFL this season. 

Adapting to life in the fourth tier, the Red Dragons, managed by former Bantams boss Phil Parkinson, sit 16th with six points from the opening five games. 

Tonight’s tie was set up after they beat recently-relegated Wigan Athletic on penalties, live on Sky Sports. 

CAR PARKING

Usually, there is street parking to park your car, though with it being an evening game, parking spots may be scarce. 

It is advisable to park your car in the local Glyndwr University. It costs only £3 and is only a two-minute walk from the ground. 

ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS 

To drink:

At the other end of the ground is The Turf, but with it being just outside the Kop Stand, only small groups of away supporters will be allowed entry. 

Alternatively, 15 minutes away from the stadium, and in the town centre, is the Golden Lion, which has local beer from the Sandstone Brewery and Wrexham Lager Brewery. 

In the town centre, there are many places to enjoy alcoholic refreshments, but, also highly recommended, is the Horse and Jockey, which is Wrexham’s oldest surviving pub. 

To eat: 

The aforementioned Turf, at the other end of the ground, is a Marstons Pub which serves food, but again, is avoidable due to the potentially raucous atmosphere from both home and away supporters. 

Traditional fast-food outlets can be found in the town centre, while a Sainsbury’s is situated a five-minute walk from the stadium. 

Also in the town centre, is a Wetherspoons with a familiar menu for people of all ages, but again be cautious of the matchday atmosphere it may generate. 

GETTING THERE 

By car:

Take the A483 towards Wrexham. Leave this road, at the junction of the A541 Mold Road. 

The ground is 300 yards from this junction, where the stadium will appear in front of you. For those looking for a pre-match pit-stop, continuing down this road will take you into the town centre. 

The journey, depending on the exact route you take from West Yorkshire, will range between 90 minutes and two hours. 

By train: 

Wrexham General Railway Station is, rather handily, located right next to the ground and is only a few minutes walk away. 

Exit the station, and after walking up the station approach road, turn right along the main road. The ground is along the right. 

From Bradford Interchange, the journey will take just over three hours, with a 20-30 minute change over at Chester. 

MEMORY LANE

City have enjoyed more victories over the Welsh outfit when the two have faced off, winning 33 of the 74 encounters. 

The last victory came in Wrexham’s last appearance in the EFL, during the 2007/08 season, when the Bantams prevailed 2-1. 

Eddie Johnson and Luke Medley secured the victory, in front of over 14,000 Bantams at Valley Parade, in a game officiated by 2018s Champions League Final referee, Michael Oliver. 

City’s last victory at the Racecourse Ground came in 1996, where they again ran out 2-1 winners. 

Aside from previous clashes between the two sides, the Bantams enjoyed a fruitful period under current Wrexham boss, Phil Parkinson, when he led City to the final of the League Cup in the 2012/13 season as well as securing promotion via the play-offs to League One the same season. 

The streets of Wrexham will bring back many memories for the current City chief, Mark Hughes, who was born in Ruabon - 10 minutes away from tonight’s venue. 

WEATHER

City fans can enjoy a dry encounter in Wales this evening with a bright yet breezy forecast expected. 


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