Wrexham

Glyndwr University 
Racecourse Stadium

Capacity: 10,500* (All seated)
Address: Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AH
Main Telephone No: 01978 262 129
Fax No: 01978 357 821
Team Nickname: Red Dragons
Year Ground Opened: 
1872**
Pitch Size: 111 x 74 yards
Home Kit Colours: Red & White
Official Web Site: www.wrexhamafc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites: 
Red Passion Fanzine
Supporters Trust
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What are the grounds like?

The Racecourse is a classic looking football ground with four prominent floodlight pylons and a large home terrace, which unfortunately is now closed. The stadium also has a great blend of the old and the new, with the Mold Road Stand, having a modern interesting design. To show how times have changed and the amount of all seated stadiums that there are now, the Kop Terrace at Wrexham was until recently the largest terrace in the League having a capacity of around 4,900, prior to it being closed. This stand is a throw back to when every ground had a similar kind of terrace and even the crowd barriers are painted in the club colours of red & white (rather than those dull metallic coloured barriers present in modern stands). The terrace which is located at one end of the ground, is partly covered (to the rear) and although no longer in use is still a great sight.

At the other end is the Glyndwr University Stand. This stand which was opened in 1978 is a two tiered stand,covered and all seated. It has a couple of supporting pillars, situated between the two tiers. It also has an electric scoreboard on its roof. On one side is the Yale Stand. This stand was opened in 1972 and got its name from the Yale College, which was situated behind this stand. It is a fair sized two tiered covered stand, which is now all seated, having previously had terracing at the front. The team dugouts are located in front of this stand. Opposite is the Mold Road Stand that was opened in 1999. This side of the ground has been unused for a number of years so its construction greatly improved the overall ground appearance. It is semi circular in design with a capacity of 3,500 seats and features an unusual roof design. The Stadium is shared with North Wales Crusaders Rugby League Club.

Future Developments

With the Racecourse Ground now being owned by Glyndwr University, it is expected at some point that plans will be announced that will see further developments being made to the stadium. This may involve the re-development of both ends, starting with the Kop Terrace.

What is it like for visiting supporters?

Away fans are now housed in the upper tier of the Yale Stand, at one side of the pitch, towards the Glyndwr University Stand. On my last visit I found Wrexham to be relaxed and friendly, with both sets of supporters mixing freely in the pubs beforehand. The atmosphere was generally good, however there were a section of Wrexham supporters in the Pryce Griffiths Stand who seemed to be permanently baiting the away fans.Inside the ground a range of food is on offer including; Cheese burgers (£3.10),

Hot dogs (£2.90), Burgers (£2.90), Pies/Pasties (£2.50) and Large Sausage Rolls (£2.30).

Tim Porter a visiting Torquay United supporter adds; ‘The signs around the ground directing visiting fans to the appropriate entrance are poor. We followed the signs from the Yale Stand for ‘Visiting Supporters’ which took us to one end of the ground.  There were no signs here and so we paid our £13 /£7 and went in.  We were just a bit surprised to walk up the bank and find ourselves on the Wrexham Kop!  I explained our mistake to a steward who said it was always happening!  He kindly led us through the ground to the away end.  It wasn’t until I was looking at the notes I’d made from the guide at the services on the way home, that I realised it was £16 for adults and £11 for juniors in the away end, so I’d inadvertently saved £7!’. Of course the Guide doesn’t recommend that you do this to save money of course, take time to make sure you are at the proper section first, before parting with your cash’.

Where to drink?

At the back of the Yale Stand is the 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. There is also one pub right on the corner of the ground at the Kop End called ‘The Turf’. It is a Marstons pub which does allow in away supporters, but only in small numbers. It can get extremely busy, so arrive early. Before the new Pryce Griffiths stand was built, this pub used to have a balcony that overlooked the ground. The favoured pub for away fans is the Plas Coch. As Darren Denby informs me; ‘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.

Paul Evans informs me; ‘About a 20 minute walk away on the High Street in the town centre (and not too far from Wrexham Central Railway Station) is the historic Golden Lion pub where the local beer from the Sandstone Brewery, Plassey Brewery and Wrexham Lager Brewery can be sampled. On Hope Street is the Horse and Jockey which is Wrexham’s oldest surviving pub. Frequented by the social/friendly drinker and small groups of Wrexham fans, friendly conversation can always be found beneath the timbers of this historic inn in another fantastic old style traditional boozer. Both pubs serve good grub too!’ Also on the High Street is the Royal Oak which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and serves beers from the Joules Brewery.

Dylan Roberts advises; ‘Away supporters should avoid both the Barracuda Bar and Wetherspoons’. Alcohol is also available inside the ground in the form of bottles of Lager, Bitter and Cider.

How to get there and where to park?

From The North:
Take the A483 towards Wrexham (this is the Wrexham by-pass). Leave the A483 with at the junction of the A541 Mold road. The ground is 300 yards from this junction (on the A541) towards Wrexham town centre.

From The South: 
Take the M54 from the M6 (Junction 10A Northbound). Follow the M54 to the end of the motorway and join the A5 towards Shrewsbury. Continue on the A5 past Shrewsbury and Oswestry and then join the A483 towards Wrexham. Stay on the A483 as you reach Wrexham (this is the Wrexham by-pass). Then as above.Street parking.

If you arrive early (around 1-1.15pm) there is some street parking to be had, on the other side of the road from the car showroom by the Turf Pub. Otherwise there a couple of private car parks, charging in the region of £2, including NEWI on the Plas Coch Retail Park. 

By train

Wrexham General train station is located next to the ground.

Local Rivals

Chester City, Shrewsbury Town, Hereford United, Crewe Alexandra & Tranmere Rovers.

Fixtures

Wrexham AFC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Record and Average attendance

34,445 v Manchester United,
FA Cup, 4th Round, January 26th, 1957.

Average Attendance:
2011-2012: 3,806 (Blue Square Premier)
2010-2011: 3,061 (Blue Square Premier)
2009-2010: 2,993 (Blue Square Premier)