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AWAY DAY GUIDE: WREXHAM v CITY

10 February 2024

Match Previews

AWAY DAY GUIDE: WREXHAM v CITY

10 February 2024

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Graham Alexander’s Bantams will search for three points in North Wales this afternoon, when travelling to Wrexham’s STōK Cae Ras.

City visit Wrexham for the second time this campaign, in the hunt for another victory after a penalty-shoot-out victory in the second round of the Carabao Cup - with action, this time, set to get underway from 3.00pm. 

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

TICKETS

Tickets for this afternoon's clash are SOLD OUT, with over 1,150 City supporters set to make the trip. 

There will be no sales on matchday whatsoever, and supporters will not be able to collect tickets purchased from the Racecourse Ground. 

To read full details, please CLICK HERE

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. 

The Red Dragons, managed by former Bantams boss Phil Parkinson, are six points behind leaders Stockport County and currently occupy the first of the four play-off spots in League Two.

CAR PARKING

Usually, there is street parking available around the stadium to park your car, but please note 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 

PLEASE NOTE: Supporters are advised there are no alcohol sales in the Wrexham Lager Stand's away end whatsoever, due to the kiosks being in direct view of the pitch. 

To drink:

At The Kop 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 Kop 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 changeover 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 league 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 win, in front of over 14,000 Bantams at Valley Parade, in a game officiated by 2018's 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 sides have met twice already this campaign. After beating the Red Dragons on penalties in the second round of the Carabao Cup, an Adam Wilson equaliser secured a point at Valley Parade.

PYROTECHNICS AND BEHAVIOUR

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited. Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time. Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

The club outlined its stance on pyrotechnics last season, following incident during our home match against Newport County, and away match at Crewe Alexandra. These statements can be read HERE and HERE

The club reiterated this stance on pyrotechnics and crowd disorder after incidents at December's away game against Doncaster Rovers. CLICK HERE to read the statement. 

The club would also like to take the opportunity to remind supporters of the zero-tolerance approach towards missile throwing, after an incident in City's home match against Harrogate Town in the Emirates FA Cup last season. 

Bradford City AFC would like to remind supporters that the strongest condemnation is employed towards discriminatory abuse, tragedy chanting, anti-social behaviour, crowd disorder and misconduct, and illegal activity inside football stadia. 

Our stance on the above will ensure the strongest-possible action continues to be taken against those found guilty of any offence, including the issuing of Football Banning Orders. 

The club reiterated its stance on this following an incident at our recent Bristol Street Motors Trophy game against Manchester City Under-21s. CLICK HERE to read the statement. This stance was further reiterated following last weekend's game against AFC Wimbledon. CLICK HERE to read the full statement. 

This follows the implementation of the 'Love Football, Protect the Game' initiative reinforced last season, by the EFL, FA and Premier League. For full details, please CLICK HERE.

WEATHER

Showers are expected across the border in Wales with windy and wet conditions forecast.


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