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New Bucks Head
Telford United v Wrexham
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
Blue Square Premier 12 noon
Matty Jones

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was massively looking forward to this match as I knew we would take a big crowd across the border, especially on New Years Day when everybody is off work and school. We took around 2,000 fans to The New Bucks Head Stadium on our last visit which was on Boxing Day 2011, so with us going well in the league again this year we knew it would be another great game. We also knew that the atmosphere would be electric.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went in the car with a family relative and with it being only around an hour away from Wrexham we knew it wouldn't be too hard to find as we knew the town well. We took a 'Sat Nav' just in case as the roads near there in the countryside all look the same! We found the ground and parked in a street which was not too congested and was only a few minutes walk away from the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went into the Study Centre Facility behind the Jack Bently Terrace. It was quite basic but had a nice atmosphere. It showed Sky Sports, had good beers on sale, a pool table and modern toilet facilities. It admits away fans in small numbers. This bar is definitely for the quieter kind of supporter. We didn't come across many home fans but the ones we did seemed friendly considering the distance between both clubs. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I don't think they were expecting such a big crowd from Wrexham as the queues to get to the turnstiles were really lengthy, as were the queues for the ONE food and drinks bar they had open inside the away stand. The ground is a small but modern looking stadium. I was impressed with it as most clubs at this level have have an old and cramped style to them. Home supporters and away supporters can both be heard well and create a great atmosphere. Away fans are mostly behind the goal standing where the main atmosphere was generated.  There were also about 100 Wrexham fans seated next to the main away stand.

One side of the ground where the dugouts were situated is just a standing terrace with no cover, this was left empty apart from about 50 or 100 Telford fans furthest away from us. The stand directly infront of us behind the other goal is almost exactly the same as ours was as it is a covered standing terrace and that is where the Telford fans were creating the noise for their team. The Main Stand was nearly full. Good support for a team near the foot of the table.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Game was excellent! Wrexham won 2-0, one goal in each half! A goal from our striker Danny Wright within the first 25 minutes of the match meant he had scored the first goal in any professional football game anywhere in the whole of Europe as the kick off was early! Our Polish winger Adrian Cieslewicz came on after an injury to Brett Ormerod and scored a header which went in off the post. Telford gave us a few threats from free kicks and corners but we defended well and apart from that Wrexham dominated.

Atmosphere was good with just short of 3,000 in the ground, 1,160 of those being Wrexham. Both sets of fans sang all game and was a friendly vibe during the match. Stewards seemed friendly enough as they were from Wrexham FC, some were from Shrewsbury Town FC but they got on okay and had a laugh with our supporters. No incidents between any sets of fans at all all day. Didn't get the chance to grab any food at half time despite queueing for the whole of the half time break! As I mentioned before hand, only one food bar open! We were still far away from it as the second half kicked off so we left the queue and went back to our place to watch the game. Plenty of toilets and are clean and modern looking.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

On leaving the stadium we walked back to our car and I was surprised by the amount of police, they seemed to be everywhere! Some we asking away fans travelling on trains to wait behind 10 minutes so that they could be escorted to the station. On the way back to my car I spotted at least 8 police dogs, 3 riot vans and plenty of Police on bikes, on foot, and in cars. I thought this was a bit over the top.

We got back to our car but didn't get very far as we had to wait for the Wrexham supporters coaches with police escort to make their way from the stadium first.

The j
ourney back after that was quiet and enjoyable after a great display from our lads. I checked into Twitter to view the players thoughts and they were all over the moon with the result and support.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day out where I doubt there will ever be any trouble. Good view of the game and everything is relaxed steward wise. I advise any football fan to visit this ground. You can also clap your players into the tunnel from about a foot away! As the players tunnel is in the corner of the ground next to the away stand.

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