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The Racecourse
V Mansfield Town
Saturday, March 1st 2008, League Two, 3pm
By Jake Stone

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

It was getting to be quite a big game as us and Wrexham were both down the bottom with everything to play for. I also love the look of Wrexham's Kop and it would be the last time I was set to see fans in it with it now being put out of use.

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

The welsh signposts didn't make our journey any more difficult at all! Apart from a diversion which added an extra 10 minutes onto our journey it was fine, we got their early and parked up right next to the entrance/exit hoping to get away quickly.

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

We went straight into the supporters bar where they had a big screen with sky sports news on and nice beer too, can't complain. They'd even scrapped the 1 entrance fee which they had before making it free for home and away fans alike.

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

The away end when walking in seems very old fashioned with lots of old style brick toilets and refreshment stands joined together by the odd caged fencing giving a closed in feeling whilst walking under the stand behind the goal. Once walking out onto the stand it gives a great view apart from up the top where the scoreboard actually prevents you from seeing the goal at the far end! If you brought a big following I'd advise anybody to get in 20 minutes early and find a decent view.

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

The game finished 1-1 after Mansfield taken the lead, both sets of supporters were quite vocal, especially the bunch of Wrexham lads who make a lot of noise to the right of you in their new stand. The stewards were willing to help all the time and even tied up our flag with us to the metal railings, top notch. Meat and potato pie which I purchased was just like any bog standard league two food, nothing to write home about but nice enough to fill an hole after a few beers. The toilets as mentioned before were very old style with lots of away teams graffiti on but thats what is expected of an away stand toilet.

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

After the little trouble from the lads (read below) we got to the car and as we had parked quite close we got out of the car park imminently. We did have a little hold up of about 10 minutes as we waited to get out onto the main road but it was nowhere near as bad as places like Chester etc. pretty manageable.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Coming out of the ground we got a group of lads calling us 'English ****'s' and offering to 'do us over' but nothing came of it and quite frankly we took with a pinch of salt.  So it didn't tar my view on Wrexham as it's a lovely day out with a lot more pubs to go to than what I visited apparently. I enjoyed my day trip to Wales and will definitely head out to the racecourse next season now Mansfield got relegated with Wrexham.


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