The return derby between Chester FC and Wrexham will also be a ‘bubble match’.
Chester supporters wanting to attend this season’s first meeting between the fierce rivals at Wrexham’s Racecourse ground on Saturday week have no choice but to travel on one of the official club coaches departing the Deva Stadium at 11am, two hours before the 1pm kick-off.
And this week a statement from the Blues board revealed that Wrexham fans will be subject to the same travel arrangements when their side make the trip to Chester on Saturday, April 19 next year.
The statement read: “North Wales Police (NWP) had advised the board that they had received intel (intelligence) that there may be significant trouble at these games.
“In order to protect and ensure the safety of all fans and the general public before and after the game the safe travel method was recommended by NWP.
“The board were also advised that any alternative policing arrangement could not guarantee the safety of our fans or the general public.
“Both clubs reluctantly accepted NWP’s recommendation and agreed to trial the safe travel method this season.
“Both clubs and NWP would review the situation after both games have been completed.”
Chairman of Wrexham Supporters Trust, Pete Jones, said: “I know it is inconvenient for fans.
“But at the end of the day if that is what the police want us to do for the football match, then that is what we will do.”
Controversial ‘bubble matches’ are games where all away supporters must travel on designated transport from specific pick-up points.
Shot at a sports car
ONE lucky Chester FC fan will be celebrating whatever the result in the upcoming home game against Dartford on September 7.
The Blues have teamed up with Swansway Garages on Sealand Road to give away a brand new Peugeot RCZ at half-time during the Deva Stadium clash.
The Peugeot dealership is currently selling raffle tickets for ï¿½1 with all proceeds going to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, the club’s official charity partner for this season.
To be in with a chance of winning, all entrants must be over the age of 17 and must be present at the game.
Prior to kick-off, 24 names will be drawn at random to take part in a skills-based competition at half-time.
The first supporter to complete the challenge successfully will win the sports car.
Emma Goodall, of Swansway Garages, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky fan to win a new Peugeot RCZ and at the same time to raise some much-needed funds for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.
“We are pleased to be working with Chester FC and the hospice and look forward to handing the keys over to the eventual winner.”
Amanda Le-Bretton, fundraising and marketing manager of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work together with two local companies that provide a feel-good factor in Chester and that, like the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, have the local community at the heart of everything they do.”
Club not on TV
CHESTER FC have not been included in the latest batch of Skrill Premier matches added to the list to be shown live on BT Sport.
The list in full is: August 26 – Hyde v Grimsby Town (5.30pm); September 7 – Luton Town v Grimsby Town (5.30pm); September 13 – Wrexham v Luton (7.45pm); September 27 – Kidderminster Harriers v Aldershot (7.45pm); October 13 – Barnet v Wrexham (2pm); October 17 – Macclesfield Town v Southport (7.45pm); October 31 – Salisbury City v Hereford United (7.45pm); November 16 – Barnet v Cambridge United (5.30pm).