The Racecourse Wrexham v Gateshead
Saturday, February 19th 2011, 3pm
Blue Square Premier League
you were looking forward to going to
the ground (or not as the case may
This was shaping up to be a cracker of
a match as both Wrexham and ourselves
(Gateshead) were in good form. Also, I
hadn't been to an 'international' away
game with the Heed before!
easy was your journey/finding the
Our supporters bus had to battle
through a pretty heavy blizzard in
Yorkshire on the way down. Everyone
cheered up when we met up with the
team bus at Wetherby Services and
exchanged a bit of banter with the
Manager, Staff and players. By the
time we crossed the Pennines, the
weather had improved dramatically and
we arrived at the Racecourse about an
hour and a half before kick off.
you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Straight off the bus and into the pub
next to the ground, The Turf. A good
selection of beers and plenty of bar
staff. The pub began to fill up with
home supporters after a half an hour
or so who were really friendly.
you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground?
The seating for away fans provides a
good view of the action on the pitch.
The newer stands to our right and
opposite must be amongst the best in
this division but the toilets in the
away end were a bit primitive.
Catering consisted of a precariously
balanced portakabin with only one
person serving so there was a pretty
hefty queue at half time but on the
plus side the pie that I bought was
Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets
The game has gone down in Gateshead
legend! 7-2 to the Heed, we scored our
first within 30 seconds. Wrexham
equalized after 12 minutes but their
comeback was halted by two further
goals for Gateshead in the first 20
minutes. 1-4 at half time, Wrexham
pulled one back in the second half but
then succumbed to 2 Jon Shaw headers
to finish 2-7. A totally unexpected
result and somewhat harsh on Wrexham
who created plenty of chances and
played some excellent football.
The home fans were staging a protest
that day against their board so the
stewards were perhaps a little edgier
than they would normally have been but
we never felt threatened by what were
largely good-natured protests. The
home fans also found time to provide
pretty steadfast support to their
players and were gracious enough to
applaud the Gateshead lads at the
6. Comment on getting
away from the ground after the
Due to the above mentioned
protests we were kept in the stand
for about 15 minutes after the
whistle and then escorted onto our
bus by police and stewards who
accompanied us to the main road.
In all honesty this seemed a
little excessive as the Wrexham
fans were in dispute with their
owners and it never seemed likely
that any trouble would spill over
in our direction. As you can
imagine, with a 7-2 victory under
our belts we had a very happy
journey back to Tyneside.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of
the day out:
An unforgettable day out! Wrexham
was one of the friendliest away
trips I have made. I will
definitely return in futre and
wish the supporters of Wrexham FC
the best of luck with their
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