Wrexham AFC have offered to help out their financially-stricken rivals Chester FC by organising a bucket collection.

This will take place at the Dragons’ upcoming home game with Aldershot Town on Saturday 24th February. The Vanarama National League promotion chasers posted this statement on their website:

‘Over recent months the footballing family have faced the harsh reality of life and how difficult it can be to balance the success of a football club both on and off the pitch at National League level.

We’ve witnessed it in all different types of ownership models with various sized supporter bases.

As a club Wrexham AFC remembers its dark days under previous ownership and the help and support we got from clubs across the country to help us get the club back on its feet, help that was vital in our survival bid.

Thirteen miles from the Racecourse our greatest rivals Chester FC are currently fighting off the field challenges and need all the support from the football family they can get to help them as others helped us.

With this in mind we have organised for the bucket collection at the home fixture of Saturday 24th February versus Aldershot Town at the Racecourse to be in aid of their survival bid.

All bucket collection donations are voluntary but we invite supporters to put aside rivalries for the day and do our bit to help Chester FC overcome this challenge by donating whatever amount you can afford, however small, on the way into the stadium.

Your generosity as fans is always amazing and this is another opportunity to demonstrate it.

The derby is always a great atmosphere and what is football without its special games?

The Wrexham AFC versus Chester FC matches are right up there amongst the most special games in British Football and long may it continue.

We can resume rivalries at 12pm on Sunday 11th March as the two sides clash in what promises to be another intense and entertaining 90 minutes of National League football.’

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