JOINT STATEMENT | Cross-border Derby 'Safe Transport' Arrangements

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 24 Jul 2017

During the past four seasons fixtures between Chester FC and Wrexham AFC have, in agreement with both clubs and Cheshire and North Wales police Forces, been run using ‘Safe Transport’ arrangements, resulting in ‘away’  fans travelling to the games on officially organised coaches.
 
The intention, from the inception of these arrangements, has always been to return the fixtures to 3pm, Saturday afternoon games, with independent travel for supporters.
 
Following a considerable reduction in arrests and disorder at the matches since the arrangements were introduced, all parties have agreed that this season the ‘Safe Transport’ element will be removed, allowing fans to make their own way to the games. In the continued interests of safety, the games will remain all ticket and the initial match at Chester will take place at 7.45pm on Friday 10th November.
 
It must be stressed that at this time, no arrangements for the return fixture at Wrexham have been confirmed. This will be reviewed in light of events during the initial match at Chester.
 
Two well contested and incident free fixtures will see these arrangements reviewed further and will support consideration of a move towards 3pm kick offs, also with independent supporter travel. However, it remains the responsibility of all fans to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Any inappropriate behaviour, incidents of disorder or damage to either stadium will not be tolerated and will give grounds for concern that the games cannot take place without continued safe transport arrangements.
The driving factors behind the planning for these fixtures remain to reduce the potential for disorder, ensure the safety of fans, residents & visitors to Wrexham and Chester town/city centres and to minimise disruption to local communities and businesses. 
 
Planning for the fixtures continues and the Clubs will announce detailed ticketing arrangements in due course on their websites.

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