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PREVIEW | Wrexham v Tranmere Rovers

It's time for another derby.

15 March 2024

The odds are against Tranmere making a late charge into the play-off spots, with 10 points separating them from 7th place. However, their superb midweek victory over league leaders Mansfield Town shows how dangerous they can be.


The midweek draw was frustrating as Harrogate Town left the Stok Cae Ras with apoint after a determined rearguard action. However, it could turn out to be a point gained as Harrogate lived up to their billing as the side with the second-best away record in the division, and most of the teams around us also dropped points on the night.

There were no obvious injuries picked up on the night, but a yellow card picked up by James McClean means he picks up a 2-match suspension and will be absent for a derby match which would suit him down to the ground.




When we won at Prenton Park last September, the consensus was that Tranmere were in trouble. Indeed, it was the fourth in a run of seven consecutive losses, and the following month they lost six in a row. Anyone who watched Wrexham's win wouldn't have been too surprised: we should have scored more than one goal - an Aaron Hayden header from a set piece - and weren't troubled as Rovers passed the ball around in front of us without threatening us.

In mid-November they were 23rd in the table, but experienced manager Nigel Adkins started to turn the tide with a 3-0 victory over Forest Green. That sparked a run of 11 games in which they lost just once and won 7, and they have fallen away too much since then. If the season had started on the day of their win over Forest Green, they'd be 4th in the table, level with us on points, and apart from that excellent win over Mansfield in midweek, they also handed out a 4-0 thumping last month to Stockport (who, interestingly, would be 11th in the table below).

Pos   `P W D L F A GD Pts
1 MK Dons 22 13 3 6 34 24 10 42
2 Mansfield Town 22 12 4 6 46 23 23 40
3 Wrexham 21 11 4 6 35 19 16 37
4 Tranmere Rovers 22 11 4 7 39 25 14 37
5 Barrow 21 10 6 5 35 27 8 36
6 Walsall 21 10 5 6 32 23 9 35
7 AFC Wimbledon 22 10 5 7 29 20 9 35

League Two table since November 11th 2024

It's not all good news for Tranmere though. They have the second-worst away record in the division, having won 12 points out of 57 on the road. Their 13 defeats are the most of any side, equalling Sutton's total.

The outstanding win over Mansfield had Adkins purring to his club's website.

"I thought the performance was exceptional, a joy for the supporters to watch. The work rate, the commitment, those two things, and then the quality of some of the football was a joy to watch.

"The way they passed, they moved, against a top, they're going to win the league, top of the table. We've come here and I thought we did great and at the very end, the fans were right with the players as well.

"Great credit to the players. We started the game ever so well, yet again. Regan Hendry, what a goal, I thought he was magnificent first half, absolutely gelled it together, complemented by Brad Walker in the middle of the pitch. They complement each other so well.

"I cannot eulogise enough about Connor Jennings. Wow. The industrious work of Harvey Saunders and his pace to get us up there and obviously Robbie Apter scores the winning goal!"



In recent years our home record against Tranmere has been nowhere near as good as our away results.

In fact, since the cataclysmic 5-0 beating we took in September 2001 which gave the board the opportunity to remove Brian Flynn as manager, we’ve won 5, drawn 1 and lost 1 at Prenton Park.

In North Wales, however, it’s a very different manner. You have to go all the way back to April 1988 for our last home win in this fixture. It was over as a contest pretty quickly as Kevin Russell opened the scoring in the 7th minute and Geoff Hunter doubled our lead 10 minutes later. Ollie Kearns rounded off the scoring in the last minute.

Since then we’ve entertained them 8 times, drawing 4 and losing 4. One of those defeats was a notable affair for all the wrong reasons as we lost 5-1, made memorable for it being part of Xabi Valero’s bizarre two and a half game stint between the sticks for Wrexham.

We’re looking for our first league double over Tranmere since 1975, when a last minute Mickey Thomas goal at The Racecourse and a Brian Tinnion goal at Prenton Park earned us a pair of 1-0 wins.

The last time they visited the Stok Cae Ras, there was plenty of early drama as we fell behind in the 9th minute, but were ahead 7 minutes later! Scott Quigley fired the equaliser home, and Chris Holroyd scored from the spot after Shaun Pearson was fouled. However, Andy Cook equalised in the initial minute of first half stoppage time, and surporisingly that was the end of the scoring.

Holroyd’s goal at Prenton Park in September 2017 ended a run of three consecutive losses against Tranmere, as the previous season we welcomed them to The Racecourse twice and lost 1-0 both times, in the National League and the FA Trophy.

Our first clash in the National League, in October 2015, was a 2-2 draw at The Stok Cae Ras. Robbie Evans gave us the lead in a match which quickly slipped out of our grasp. We were ahead for just eight minutes, and an expertly taken goal by Andy Mangan left us trailing with eight minutes left and looking out of ideas.

However, a crafty stunt by Connor Jennings, who ironically is now a Rovers player of course, earned us an equaliser. Having stopped playing to apparently tie his laces out on the flank, he stayed out wide and the Rovers defence seemed to forget he was out there until he received the ball and whipped in a cross which Joe Quigley slotted home neatly.

Our best win in this fixture came in April 1948, as we beat Rovers 6-0 with Dennis Grainger scoring one of only three hat tricks by a Wrexham player in 130 derbies. The others were scored by Charles McCartney in a 4-0 win in October 1935, and David Gregory in a 6-1 victory in March 1985 in the Associate Members Cup, which is now known as the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.


Accrington Stanley V Notts County
AFC Wimbledon V Newport County
Barrow V Harrogate Town
Bradford City V Mansfield Town
Colchester United V Walsall
Forest Green Rovers V Sutton United
Gillingham V Grimsby Town
Milton Keynes Dons V Crewe Alexandra
Swindon Town V Doncaster Rovers
After the top teams stuttered in midweek, a set of tricky Saturday fixtures will test them further. 5th entertains 4th as MK Dons face Crewe, while Mansfield travel to Bradford. Our tricky opponents from Tuesday, Harrogate, could do us a favour as they take their stubborn defence to Barrow, while 7th placed AFC Wimbledon face Newport County.

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Tranmere Rovers (H) on sale to Club Members from Thursday February 22

Tickets for home derby on sale from 10am

19 February 2024

Tickets for our Sky Bet League Two match against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday March 16 at the STōK Cae Ras will go on sale to all Club members from 10am on Thursday (February 22).

Digital match tickets can be used for this fixture, and to use this feature please select print-at-home/digital tickets, and you will receive an email with a link to your digital ticket, which can be added to your Apple or Google Wallet.

If you decide to use a digital match ticket, please ensure that your phone is well-charged, the screen is not damaged or cracked and that the brightness on your device is turned up whilst presenting your ticket at the turnstiles.

Members can purchase one ticket per account for the match, while the ticket ballot for UK members who are unsuccessful in getting a ticket, will open at 4pm on Thursday.

In line with our previous fixtures, ticket sales will be limited to a maximum of six per transaction – regardless of the size of your network for both in-store and online purchases.

How to purchase tickets 

Tickets can be bought in-store or via our eTicketing website, at the below prices – supporters are reminded that online purchases are charged at a lower price to in-person purchases.

As in line with previous fixtures, there will be no queuing system in place for purchasing tickets for this game.

For instructions on how to ensure you have activated your eTicketing account and have the correct privileges attached, please see this guide.

Tickets can be purchased as eTickets/print-at-home or as paper tickets.

As ever, the Club would encourage supporters to use the eTicket/print-at-home option wherever possible.

The club advises fans to purchase tickets online to avoid disappointment, as tickets will not be exclusively held for those attempting to purchase in-person.

Please note, an allocation of 75 tickets are reserved exclusively for International Members. Only international members can buy in this section, while only UK members can buy in the rest of the ground.

Ticket Pricing

Online Purchases

Macron Stand/Wrexham Lager Stand

Adult: £24
Over-65s/Under-21s: £19
Under-18s: £12
Under-11s: £8

STōK Cold Brew Coffee Stand

Adult: £22
Over-65s/Under-21s: £17
Under-18s: £11
Under-11s: £8

Temporary Kop Stand

Adult: £20
Over-65s/Under-21s: £15
Under-18s: £9
Under-11s: £6

In-person Purchases

Macron Stand/Wrexham Lager Stand

Adult: £25
Over-65s/Under-21s: £20
Under-18s: £13
Under-11s: £9

STōK Cold Brew Coffee Stand

Adult: £23
Over-65s/Under-21s: £18
Under-18s: £12
Under-11s: £9

Temporary Kop Stand

Adult: £21
Over-65s/Under-21s: £16
Under-18s: £10
Under-11s: £7

Any supporters requiring accessible tickets pay as per the relevant age bracket.

For any assistance, please email

Accessible Tickets

Wheelchair users enquiring about our accessible viewing platforms, and supporters looking for tickets in, or more information about, our PG1 autism-friendly quiet zone should contact

Accessible tickets can now be purchased online for this game, speeding up the ticketing process for supporters.

All users who are eligible have already had their ticketing accounts updated with the required information and required number of companions.

As such, users will simply need to login to their accounts and it will automatically pick-up whether they are an ambulant disabled customer, or wheelchair user and allow them access to select the area which meets their requirements.

Users will only be able to select the number of companion tickets required in accordance with their eligibility criteria (i.e. a user eligible for one companion ticket will only be able to select one companion ticket).

Companion tickets will be auto-allocated to their own "companion" account which has already been created for each eligible user, will not affect the “one ticket per member” policy, and must be purchased with an accessible ticket (companion tickets cannot be purchased on their own).

The Club reserves the right to alter the process for accessible ticket purchases for any future matches.

Ticketing Ballot

As a part of the Club’s membership package, UK members can gain access to the ticketing ballot should they not be successful in initially purchasing a ticket.

After the discussion at the Club Advisory Board meeting and the subsequent members survey, the clear outcome was that Wrexham AFC supporters are in favour of changing the way our ticketing ballot works for home matches.

The allocation will be 25 percent of the initial available allocation of home tickets and so the number of tickets being balloted will increase or decrease on a game-by-game basis in line with factors such as the away supporter allocation and segregation requirements.

The Ballot will open at 4pm on Thursday February 22, and will close on Friday February 23 at 4pm.

The ticket exchange for the Tranmere Rovers fixtures will then be opened up after the conclusion of the ballot.

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