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Cross border derby

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First meeting  8 December 1888
Next meeting  to be announced
Cross-border derby
Locale  Chester (England) and Wrexham (Wales)
Teams  Chester, Wrexham and previously Chester City
Latest meeting  Chester 1-1 Wrexham (21 January 2017)
Most wins  Wrexham (65, Chester City vs Wrexham) Chester (3, Chester FC vs Wrexham)

Cross-border derby is a football match played between Wrexham and Chester City/Chester. The clubs are just 12 miles apart but represent Wales and England respectively. However, both clubs almost physically play in Wales—Chester's ground straddles the England–Wales border, and its pitch lies entirely in Wales.

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Wrexham edged the English-Welsh derby with 30 victories against Chester's 26 in Football League meetings. Between 1986 and 2005, the sides were in the same division in just one season (1994–95) but they were then Football League Two opponents in the three campaigns from 2005–06 to 2007–08. In 2009–10 the sides clashed again in the Conference National after Chester followed Wrexham out of the Football League. Games between the two are usually moved to Sunday, with a 12:00 kick off, minimising time for the consumption of alcohol and the risk of the two sets of supporters clashing. In the 2012-13 season, Chester won promotion to return to the Conference Premier after a three-year absence, and played Wrexham at the Racecourse ground, in a highly anticipated derby, as this was the first since Chester re-formed as a fan owned club. All away fans had to travel to the match via coaches and police escourt and were unable to travel by train, unlike most years. Despite going into the game with a poor form of recent games, Chester won the match 2-0, recording their first win of the season.

The Cross-border derby is often considered to be one of the biggest rivalries in the lower leagues of English football, due to the close proximity of Wrexham and Chester as they are the largest settlements in the area (North east Wales/West Cheshire) and the only clubs in that area to have played in The Football League. The Welsh-English divide also makes it unique to other football derbies in Britain, as national identity is a large part of the two teams.

Notable fixtures

Below are the details for the first ever cross-border derby since Chester's reformation.

задание Below are the details for the first ever cross-border derby to be televised since Chester's reformation. The game is also notable for its dramatic ending.

Chester City and Wrexham

The following players have played for Chester City and Wrexham. Footballers currently playing in one of the teams are marked bold. Appearances and goals include League only.

Chester FC and Wrexham

The following players have played for Chester FC and Wrexham. Footballers currently playing in one of the teams are marked bold. Appearances and Goals include League only.

Chester City, Chester and Wrexham

The following players have played for Chester City, Chester FC and Wrexham. Footballers currently playing in one of the teams are marked bold. Appearances and Goals include League only.

Chester FC vs Wrexham

Below shows the most appeared players and most goals scored within a derby match between Chester and Wrexham. Appearances and Goals include all competitions.

All time appearances

After the match played 21 January 2017.

All time goal scorers

After the match played 21 January 2017.

References

Cross-border derby Wikipedia


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