NOTE: This content is old - Published: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014.
The travel arrangements and a full list of pick up points for the upcoming Wrexham / Chester ‘Bubble Match’ have been released.
In total 1,200 tickets have been allocated to Wrexham fans for the upcoming game, which see Wrexham fans travel to the Swansway Stadium on September 22nd.
The travel arrangements show 16 pick up points, with some leaving Wrexham almost two hours before the 8pm kick off.
Last year’s Bubble Match fixtures saw fans from both clubs being escorted down various routes, before being driven down the A483. PCSO’s and officers were also stood monitoring bridges on the A483 into Wrexham to ensure that nothing happened to the coaches while they were arriving in the town.
In a post written on the Wrexham Football Club website it states: As previously announced, this fixture has been designated a ‘Safe Travel Game’, which means all Wrexham supporters must travel to Chester on a coach organised by the club and then be escorted by the police to the ground.
“You will initially be issued with a coach ticket and then match tickets will be handed to fans on arrival at the Swansway Stadium in Chester.
“As well as securing the four additional pick up points and direct buses, we have also made representations for quicker access to the stadium, along with the better availability of food throughout the game in view of supporters travelling straight from work.
“Both clubs continue to work together on planning for the game and we will provide updates on ticket sales throughout each phase of the sales process.”
Back in July we reported that the first Wrexham and Chester match of the season was to be another ‘safe travel / Bubble Match’, which will see fans escorted to and from the game by police.
In a statement released by Chester FC, Wrexham AFC, Cheshire Constabulary and North Wales Police in July, it was stated: “Following on from the joint planning meetings in relation to the Chester FC v Wrexham AFC fixture on Monday 22 September 2014, all parties, including Chester and Wrexham Football Clubs, Cheshire Constabulary and North Wales Police have agreed, that in the interests of safety, the game will be all ticket, with Wrexham fans travelling to the match on officially organised supporters coaches.
“These measures are intended to help to make the event safe and enjoyable for everyone, while minimising any potential disruption to local communities, businesses and the general public.”
The Bubble Match announcement is one that has not gone down well with fans from either club. Shortly after the Bubble Match announcement was made, a petition was launched asking for a reconsideration of the ‘Bubble Match’.
So far 533 people have signed the petition, which describes the Bubble Match restrictions as ‘using a sledgehammer to crack a nut’.
A full list of the pick up points in Wrexham can be found below:
Wrexham: Glyndwr University 5:45pm
Oswestry: Bus Station 5:30pm
Chirk: Hand Hotel 5:40pm
Acrefair: The Duke 5:30pm
Ruabon: Wynnstay 5:40pm
Johnstown: New Inn 5:45pm
Caergwrle: Ye Olde Castle 5:40pm
Pontblyddyn: Bridge Inn 5:50pm
Mold: Rugby Club 6:00pm
Hope: Church 5:40pm
Penyffordd: Millstone 5:50pm
Buckley: Tivoli 6:00pm
Gresford: Plough 5:45pm
Marford: Red Lion 5:50pm
Rossett: Golden Lion 5:55pm
Deeside: Leisure Centre 6:15pm
More information on the safe travel / Bubble Match and how you can purchase your ticket can be found on the Wrexham Football Club website here.