Wrexham Men’s Reserves Play First Match in Nantwich for Over a Century

Article: Jonathan White & Michael Chatwin

Wrexham AFC Reserves have played their first-ever match at Nantwich Town FC’s Swansway Stadium and their first competitive match in Nantwich since 1909. Wrexham AFC Reserves will play all their home games at the Dabbers ground this season.

Aerial photo of the Swansway Stadium (photograph: Jonathan White)

Wrexham AFC Reserves beat Preston North End Reserves 1-0 on the afternoon of Wednesday 21st September 2022 in the Central League Cup via a Kai Evans freekick.

The Central League was formed in 1911 and is the oldest reserve league in England. The League has always traditionally been made up of Clubs from the Midlands, as well as north Wales and north England, but at the start of the 2014/15 season, it expanded to become a national competition for the first time in its 103-year history.

The last time Wrexham Reserves had previously played a competitive match in Nantwich was December 1909 in The Combination, at their old ground off London Road, when they beat Nantwich 4-1.

Wrexham AFC men’s first team have played at Nantwich Town FC’s ground more recently winning their Wrexham’s FA Cup 4th qualifying round replay 2-0 against Marine last October, when Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground pitch was still undergoing resurfacing work. Wrexham AFC also played friendly matches against the Dabbers in July 2010, July 2017, and July 2022, fielding a mixture of first, reserve and youth players.