THE RECKLESS GUIDE TO WREXHAM…
Wrexham v Barnet
Skrill Premier League
Saturday 22nd February
Kick Off 3pm
Stadium: The Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AH
Telephone: 01978 262 129
Club Colours: Red and White
Nickname: The Dragons
Brief Directions by Road: Nice drive this one…….leave the M6 at Junction 10a turning onto the M54. After approximately 21 miles the M54 becomes the A5. Stay on the A5 passing Shrewsbury and when you reach Oswestry turn right at the roundabout (An ESSO Service Station will be on your left), staying on the A5. At the junction of the A5 and the A483 (A blasted McDonalds Drive Through will be on your right) go straight on at the roundabout to join the A483 signposted Ruabon and Wrexham. After approximately 8 miles leave the A483 at the junction of the A541 signposted Wrexham and Mold. At the roundabout turn right towards Wrexham and after going straight over the next roundabout the ground is ahead of you on your left on the A541. Thanks to the Unofficial Wrexham website for these directions.
Car Parking: There is car parking available at the ground for (I believe) £4.00 per car. Street parking is also available.
Directions by Train: Door to door this one, as Wrexham General station is adjacent to the ground. The journey from Euston will take between 3 and 4 hours and may necessitate a change at Birmingham, Crewe and/or Chester.
Eating and Drinking Locally: Bearing in mind that the first recognised Lager Brewery in Europe was actually founded in Wrexham in 1882 having a beer before the game is very easy and we are spoilt for choices of pubs. One of the best is the The Turf right next to the Kop Terrace and is mainly used by home supporters. Peter Jones from the Wrexham Supporters Trust sends this invitation to Bees fans “The Wrexham Lager and Sports and Social Club: You can find the club by walking past the ground towards the town centre. You go over the railway bridge and will then come to a Post Office sorting depot on your left. The club is situated in Union Road opposite only a five-minute walk from the ground. It is friendly and has reasonably priced beer and food with a big screen for SKY Sports. All will be made welcome”. Many visiting fans have visited for the last few seasons and the feed back I get is excellent. At the back of the Yale Stand is the recently refurbished Centenary Club which allows in away fans. It is free to enter, has Sky Sports and also offers food in the form of Pie & Peas, it is also handy for the away turnstiles.
According to official club reports”The favoured pub for away fans is the Plas Coch. it is a restaurant type pub, with a large beer garden, that is located past the ground going away from the town centre, near to the Sainsburys Petrol Station. It is about a five minute walk away from the stadium’. The pub is on the Plas Coch Retail Park opposite NEWI, where you can also park for the afternoon, at a cost of £2” Reckless recommendation – in the town centre the Golden Lion, oh yes.
Admission Prices: Adults £19, Concessions £14, Over 80s/Under 16s £5, Under 11s £2.
Previous Meetings and Memories: Our last visit to the Racecourse was the 20th October 2008 and it was happy 48th birthday to me as good old Liam Hatch scored twice in a 2-0 win. Liam and I shared a “gallon” or so on the strength of that feat! Our visit in 1993 was very painful as Gary Phillips and his “merry men” played bravely as ever in that fateful Division 2 season but were still soundly beaten 4-0. The return fixture at Underhill was another defeat, a closely fought 2-1 including a rare goal from “The Sidewinder” Peter Scott. A season earlier it was a different story as the dynamic duo of Gary Bull and Mark Carter scored in a thrilling 3-2 victory over the border while Carter, Derek Payne and Micky Bodley scored in a 3-1 win at Underhill – over 4,000 watched.