Racecourse Stadium

Capacity: 10,500* (All seated)
Address: Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AH
Telephone: 01978 262 129
Fax: 01978 357 821
Pitch Size: 111 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: Red Dragons
Year Ground Opened: 1872**
Home Kit: Red and White

Mold Road and Glyndwr University Stands
Mold Road and Glyndwr University Stands
Yale and Glyndwr University Stands
Yale and Glyndwr University Stands
Glyndwr University Stand
Glyndwr University Stand
Yale Stand
Yale Stand
Kop Terrace
Kop Terrace
Mold Road Stand
Mold Road Stand
Looking Towards The Glyndwr University Stand
Looking Towards The Glyndwr University Stand

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.

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.

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 Mold Road Stand who seemed to be permanently baiting the away fans. Inside the ground a range of food is on offer including; Cheese Burgers (£3.20), Rollover Hot Dogs (£3), Burgers (£3), Pies/Pasties (£2.60) 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'.

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. 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 Mold Road 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 15 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.

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. There is also parking available at the nearby Glyndwr University (£3) or there a couple of private car parks in the area, charging in the region of £2, including NEWI on the Plas Coch Retail Park.

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

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Home Fans: 
Mold Road Stand: Adults £19, Over 62's/Under 21's £14, Over 80's/Under 16's £7, Under 11's £1**
Yale Stand: Adults £19, Over 62's/Under 21's £14, Over 80's/Under 16's £7, Under 11's £1**
Glyndwr University Stand: Adults £15, Over 62's/Under 21's £12, Over 80's/Under 16's £7, Under 11's £1**

Away Fans: 
Yale Stand: Adults £19, Over 62's/Under 21's £14, Over 80's/Under 16's £7, Under 11's £1**

In addition the Club make available a number family tickets in the Mold Road & Yale Stands: 

1 Adult + 1 Under 16 £22,  1 Adult + 2 Under 16's £25 1 Adult + 3 Under 16's £28 2 Adults + 2 Under 16's £44  1 Adult + 1 Under 11 £20 1 Adult + 2 Under 11's £21 1 Adult + 3 Under 11's £22  2 Adults + 2 Under 11's £40 * The Club offer a £2 discount on Adult and Over 62's/Under 21's tickets, if bought prior to matchday.

** These tickets are not available on the turnstiles but must be bought and collected from the ticket offfice.

Official Programme £3

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

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 3,264 (Conference Premier)
2013-2014: 2,993 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 3,520 (Conference Premier)

Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra, Tranmere Rovers and Chester.

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

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Wrexham v FC Halifax Town
Competition National League
Saturday 9th January 2015, 3pm
Saul Brocklehurst (FC Halifax Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Racecourse Ground?

 I was looking to this game, despite Halifax losing their last five away games. This was because it was to be my first visit to the Racecourse Ground and it wasn't too far a distance to travel.

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

It was about a two hour journey from Halifax to North Wales. The only slight difficulty on arrival was finding a parking space due to the healthy matchday attendance of 5,600.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We just went straight into the ground. There was only one food outlet inside that we could see and the service was slow as it was only manned by just one person.

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

Overall the Racecourse Ground is very impressive, which was emphasised due to the large crowd in attendance. The view from the away section was fine. However there was a large section of seats below us which we weren't allowed access to, but instead a number of fans flags had been draped across them.

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

From an Halifax point of view, rubbish. We lost 3-1 and never really looked like being in the game, falling two goals behind in the opening 20 minutes. Even after pulling a goal back, it still didn't look likely that we would cause a mini upset. The atmosphere however was something special. The Welsh are renowned for their singing voices, and this shone through throughout the game; they never stopped chanting!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Simple enough, just found where we parked and got going. Took about ten minutes to actually get anywhere though because of how much traffic there was.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the result, it was a decent ground, which I may not have the chance to visit again for a while, due to the likely scenario of either Wrexham being promoted to the football league, or at this rate Halifax's relegation to the Conference League North!

Wrexham v Gateshead
Conference Premier League
Saturday, February 19th 2011, 3pm
Stuart McCluskey (Gateshead fan)

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

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!

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

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.

3. What 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.

4. What 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 first rate.

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

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 final whistle.

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

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 ownership issues.

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* The capacity does not include the closed Kop Terrace.

*Glyn Davies adds; 'The club have in fact played at the Racecourse since 1872, except for a three year break from 1880 to 1883, due to a dispute over rent with the Wrexham Cricket Club, who were the landlords at the time. During those three years the club played at the Rhosddu Recreation ground in Wrexham, and have played at the Racecourse ever since'. The ground was in use previous to 1872 date with horse racing first taking place there in 1807. The ground is also the oldest surviving football ground to stage internationals. The first was played between Wales and Scotland on March 5th 1877.

Updated 14th October 2015