WREXHAM great Joey Jones no longer travels to many away matches but nothing would keep him away from tonight's derby meeting against neighbours Chester City.
The Racecourse club's football co-ordinator, who made his Wrexham debut against the old enemy 32 years ago and also played his part in several subsequent hard-fought battles over the years, says there is nothing to compare with the historic cross-border rivalry.
"I played in Merseyside derbies and in London derbies but none of those compared to a Wrexham and Chester game in my estimation," he claims.
"There's something special when the two clubs meet, not only for the players but for the fans as well.
"And I've always said to anyone here - whether I was a player or a member of the coaching staff - if you can't get worked up for this particular game then you shouldn't be playing in it.
"But the big thing - and anyone who ever saw me play Chester might start laughing - is that everyone involved has to keep a cool head, otherwise the magnitude of the occasion and the atmosphere can ruin your game."
With the winners of tonight's match moving to within three games of a potentially rewarding Millennium Stadium final, Jones said the stakes were particularly high on this occasion.
"You simply can't afford to be carried away by everything that's going on around you and everyone here at Wrexham at this particular time knows just how important it could be for the club to reach the final," he added.
"And no one can afford to take Chester for granted. I was there on Saturday watching them for the first time since Ian Rush took over and I can safely say they are a very hard-working team who play to their strengths."
Jones, so often a target for the traditional banter from opposition fans, confessed he was surprised by the absence of any any anti-Wrexham chants at the weekend and he revealed several City supporters had expressed sympathy for the Racecourse club's present off-field problems.
"It will probably be very different tomorrow but it's the first time I've been there and not heard anything chanted about us," he said.. "It normally happens at some stage of the game, just as at the Racecourse we'll always get at least one 'We hate Chester' chorus.
"Over the years I've got to know a few Chester fans and some were coming up to me and offering to give me money. It just goes to show that all football fans care about the game. Mind you, I told them to send their cash to the Racecourse but not to expect any favours in return from us on the field tomorrow!"