THE RACECOURSE Ground will hold an international fixture for the first time in over a decade as Wales face off against Trinidad and Tobago.

The stadium is the oldest international ground in the world, but has not held a first team national match in over a decade, when Wales beat Norway 3-0 in February 2008.

In recent years youth team fixtures have been held at the ground, and last May the first team took part in an open training session before their trip to China.

Wales’ boss Ryan Giggs said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to play at the Racecourse for the first time in 10 years.

"We thoroughly enjoyed taking the team there for an open training session in May. The support was incredible and further fuelled our ambition to host a match at the historic ground.”

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Wales boss Ryan Giggs at the open training session at The Racecourse in May 2018

Wrexham town centre is also gearing up for the event, with a number of things taking place throughout the day.

Activities and events happening in the town centre include the return of the continental market, the spring fun fair and various activities on in Tŷ Pawb.

There will also be Welsh Football related exhibits in the Wrexham Museum and various town centre pubs and bars will be showing the game.

The return of the Welsh national team to Wrexham could also be an additional spur to regenerate the Racecourse and develop a national football museum in the town.

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Fans at the open training session at The Racecourse in May 2018

That's the view of Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM, who also added the fact that it was a sell-out crowd demonstrated the strength of support in the region.

He said: “Everyone in Wales understands that football’s spiritual home is here in Wrexham.

"This is where football started in Wales and it’s still home to the oldest existing international stadium in the world as well as the third oldest football club in the world. It’s also where the FA of Wales has chosen to invest in the future with a National Football Development Centre at Collier’s Park.

"That’s why Plaid Cymru made the case for a National Football Museum in its 2016 manifesto and ensured the feasibility study was funded in the 2017-8 budget by the Welsh Government.

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Images from the last senior international at the Racecourse in 2008, when Wales beat Norway 3-0

“I’m delighted the national team is playing here at The Racecourse and it’s important that we see the museum as part of an opportunity to regenerate the Kop end of the ground.

"To my mind, this is an opportunity to develop a landmark building for this side of Wrexham. It’s the gateway to the town and is likely to get a new £10 million transport hub at the adjacent train station – it’s a one-off opportunity to do the right thing to boost the club and the town.

“In the meantime, let’s enjoy the atmosphere in the build-up to the Trinidad game, which will be a great boost for the town, and hope for a convincing win ahead of the Euro qualifier on Sunday against Slovakia.”