Don’t be surprised if you hear German voices at tomorrow’s game with Torquay United, as we are expecting a good contingent of 1FC Magdeburg fans to be cheering on the Reds.
The German club is training in the north-west of England during their winter break and hundreds of their supporters have accompanied them to take in a couple of friendly games with local clubs over the next few days.
They are though free this Saturday and have been in contact regarding a visit to the ground, where Wrexham and 1FC Magdeburg went head-to-head in the first round of the Cup Winners’ Cup back in September 1979.
In front of nearly 10,000 supporters, the first leg at the Racecourse ended in a 3-2 win for the home side, with Dixie McNeil, Steve Fox and a late goal from Steve Buxton giving us a slight advantage to take to East Germany two weeks later.
The return saw some 15,000 fans witness an equally close contest at the Ernst-Grube-Stadion, with Mickey Vinter stretching our lead on 24 minutes, before Martin Hoffman reduced the arrears four minutes later.
Alan Hill then put us back in front on the night before half time, but Hoffmann fired home a penalty on 54 minutes to close the gap once more.
With the tie still standing a 5-4 to Wrexham on aggregate – the Germans forced extra time with an 88th minute equaliser from Siegmund Mewes.
Just two minutes into extra time and the hosts were awarded a second penalty, this time converted by Wolfgang Steinbach, before they settled the outcome with a strike on 115 minutes through Joachim Streich.
We hope to have three Wrexham players from these games at the ground on Saturday to meet our German friends and recall the old days of European football at the Racecourse.
Please do your best to make our visitors feel welcome in North Wales and help them to take away some good memories of Wrexham.