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North Wales fans gear up for second football special in crunch World Cup clash with Ireland

12 September 2017

North Wales fans gear up for second football special in crunch World Cup clash with Ireland: S4C - Barry Horns Gorsaf Caerdydd - 2.9.17 (1)

After the success of Arriva Trains Wales' football charter down to Cardiff, fans can enjoy another high quality service for their journey home on October 9th

The sell out train to and from Cardiff for Wales' World Cup Qualifier with Austria on Saturday proved so successful that a similar service will again be put on to get fans home to north Wales.

As before a limited number of tickets will go on sale directly through the Football Association of Wales for the final qualifier on Monday, October 9th.

However because the match is a midweek one, the ticket will allow fans to travel down to Cardiff on any train during the day, with a dedicated train back to north Wales for the way home.

Lewis Brencher, Head of Communications at Arriva Trains Wales, said: "It was amazing to have been able to run this service for the Austria game and we're delighted to be doing something similar for north Wales for the Ireland match.

"It had been something the fans from north Wales told us they wanted so to be able to deliver this for them and then to see it so full and the reaction of fans arriving into Cardiff was pretty special.

"And after two brilliant wins we really hope fans can be going home after the Ireland game knowing Wales have got to the world cup for the first time since 1958."

Fans on the train for the Austria match were greeted at Cardiff Central by supporters band "The Barry Horns" who played them in to "Men of Harlech" in a surprise arranged by broadcaster S4C. The Welsh language channel are screening all of Wales' qualifiers live in 2018.


 The trains were the result of discussions between Arriva Trains Wales, the FAW and supporters group FSF Gogledd Cymru.
Chris Davies, a member of FSF Gogledd Cymru said: "I thought it was great, good atmosphere on the way down and the way back. Everyone I spoke to agreed."

The train back from the Ireland game will call at Wrexham, Chester, Flint, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Bangor and Holyhead on it's return from Cardiff after the match.

Lucy Mason, Ticketing and Membership Manager, added: “We’re extremely happy with the Football Special service from North Wales and the feedback has been incredibly positive. It’s fantastic to see that this service will operate once again for our final World Cup qualification match against the Republic of Ireland.” 

Tickets will be available from the FAW's website


(Fans from Pwllheli enjoying the journey down to Cardiff for the Austria game, before flying out to Moldova to cheer on Chris Coleman's red and white army)

Contact information

James Nicholas

Communications Manager

Arriva Trains Wales