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Wrexham Supporters Trust Members Briefing July 2013 Featured

Wrexham Supporters Trust Members Briefing July 2013

 WARNING!

We know we say it every time, but there is always a lot to update the membership on, and we want to keep you informed as much as we can. All information is significant to the running of Wrexham Football Club of which YOU are an owner. It is important that you read it all.

MEMBERS MEETING – MONDAY 19th AUGUST

Wrexham Supporters Trust will be holding our first members meeting of 2013/14 on Monday 19th August 2013 at the Centenary Club starting at 7.30pm when we will have our usual business meeting with a guest from the football club yet to be confirmed.

WREXHAM SUPPORTERS’ TRUST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 27th JUNE

A well-attended WST AGM on 27th June saw the election of Anita Robinson, Geoff Scott and Terry Stott to the Trust Board (all had previously been co-opted members) whilst Tom Stanford and Mark Williams were re-elected to serve another 3-year term.

 The election results were:-

Peter Howell

164   Anita Robinson 198
Tom Stanford 225     Terry Stott    203
Geoff Scott  245   Mark Williams 249

Thanks to all the candidates and everyone who voted and to Ben Harrison Chair of the Tranmere Rovers Trust for overseeing the election process.

 All eight resolutions were approved with large majorities in favour including the eventual return of AFC in the Club name/badge from season 2014 -2015.

 As well as being carried comfortably at the meeting the online and postal votes were also in favour as follows:-

 Resolution

For

Against

 

Total

Spoilt

A (re the Club President and vice president policy)

219

0

2

221 1

B (re a qualifying period before standing for election)

212

5

4

221 1

C (re a qualifying period before voting in an election)

200

14

7

221 1

D (re preventing negative campaigning)

203

10

8

221 1

E (re changing the club name)

166

39

16

221 1

F (re allowing membership to under 16s)

197

15

9

221 1

G (re restricting board members from nominating candidates)

195

16

10

221 1

H (re the financial mandate to board members to invest in the club)

187

0

2

189 1

The budget for the forthcoming season was discussed in detail (Ben Harrison expressed admiration for the transparency and detail in the financial reports which fans of other clubs rarely experienced).  Cooperative Cymru/Wales were pleased to confirm their support as the new back of shirt sponsors and the launch of the Beastcam DVD attracted great interest. A full record of the meeting has been posted on the Trust Website.

THE TRUST BOARD

Following the Trust Board election, the board agreed to co-opt Peter Howell on to the Board to help with the fundraising activities of the Trust. Welcome aboard Peter.

The Trust Board is comprised of elected and co-opted members (all with voting rights) and a non-voting independent secretary. Following the recent election your Trust Board is now made up as follows:-

Peter Jones  Chairman
John Mills  Vice Chairman and Trust representative on Football Club Board
Keith Roberts Treasurer (co-opted)
Alan Fox Independent Secretary (appointed)
Mark Williams Trust representative on Football Club Board (Club Finance Director)
Spencer Harris Trust representative on Football Club Board
Gavin Jones Trust representative on Football Club Board
Anita Robinson Volunteer coordinator
Geoff Scott Business Development and fundraising
Dave Jones Business Development and fundraising (Community Share Scheme)
Peter Howell Business Development and fundraising (co-opted)
Jenny Cantwell Membership coordinator
Huw Davies Membership coordinator
Terry Stott Community Group
Tom Stanford Community Group
Marc Jones Media (co-opted)

Further details of Board members and how you can contact them are available on the Trust website. Minutes of Board meetings (subject to appropriate editing) can also be found on the website. Board meetings take place every fortnight.

DONATION ONE

Following the passing away in April of WST member and lifelong Wrexham fan Marc ‘Muzzer’ Vaughan, his family and friends set about raising funds in his memory, and raised over £3,000 for the Renal Unit at Wrexham Hospital as well as donating £1,000 to WST, which was handed over at the pre season friendly with Wolves by his mum and Dad, Nia and Chris, his brother Andy and Wayne Jones of the Turf who helped organise the event that raised the donation. 

DONATION TWO

We received a donation totally out of the blue from the solicitors of the will of the late Glyn Bellis. Glyn was well known around Wrexham, as he was virtually always dressed as a cowboy because of his love of country music. However, he was still a big Wrexham fan and followed the side into his nineties, but sadly passed away late last year. With Wrexham a big part of his life, he still found fitting to donate £2,000 to the WST. 

DONATION THREE

Another donation that we received lately was one of £100 from the collection of the funeral of lifelong Wrexham fan Brian Edwards who lived in Hereford. Brian’s son Mark, also a Wrexham fan having been brought up ‘the right way’ by his father, found it fitting to make the donation to WST in memory of his father, who was born in the town. 

DONATION FOUR

Our final donation was for £1,000, which was made to WST by the solicitors of the will of a lovely guy from Ruthin who will be remembered by all Wrexham fans who knew him simply as ‘Nani’. Another staunch lifelong Wrexham fan, ‘Nani’ had been known to have often walked to a Wrexham home game from Ruthin when there was no public transport.

To all four gentlemen, Rest in Peace.

NEW WEB SITE!

We have now updated the Wrexham Supporters Trust website. As you’ll see, it’s been much simplified with the focus on being able to find what you need, be it the latest news, WST information, or even checking your WST membership details, as easily and as quickly as possible. We have also included links to both WST and Wrexham FC official social media for always up-to-date information for the season ahead.

One of the main changes is that you no longer have to ‘log on’ to the site to see everything. The site is fully open, so as to encourage non-WST members to become part of Wrexham FC and become, like yourselves, an owner of the Club we all love. We have also simplified the online membership joining facility, and you also now have full access to your own record in the WST Membership database, where you can update your information, check your membership status, renew your membership, and, depending on your payment method, even see past payments to the WST account.

As with all websites, we are sure there are things you might think could be better, or that we’ve missed completely. If you use the feedback form on the new website to let us have your feedback, your ideas, basically anything you feel that is important, not necessarily about the website, it will be channelled to the person or group most suited to respond.

Finally, the address of the new site is : http://www.wst.org.uk/www3/  ( the ‘old’ address: http://www.wst.org.uk/ will also redirect you to this new site). We hope you find the new site useful and good to use.

‘Building the Wrexham Brand’ Update

At the Wrexham FC AGM, the club board introduced Andy Slinger, a season-ticket holder and brand consultant who has been working with the club (free of charge) to help define and deliver the Wrexham FC brand, with the aim of making the club more attractive to fans, businesses and the people of North Wales. Andy has spoken to a large number of fans to understand your thoughts and opinions regarding the future of Wrexham Football Club.

Over the course of February and March, Andy consulted a range of people about defining the ‘Wrexham brand’. Last month he presented an update re the branding project to the Trust Board, following a similar presentation made to the Club Board.

This long term project could take several years to complete, and it is not possible to record Andy’s presentation here, but the “Exploring” stage included What people like about WFC; Their attitudes to WST, the community and the future and The short term practical challenges.  

As well as many positives, the exploring stage had revealed a need to simplify the message from the Trust and the Club and align everyone around one message; to engage with the wider community of North and Mid Wales; to mobilise the membership (“Gamesmakers”); to create events not just matches; to rebuild links with businesses.

 Both the Football Club and Trust Board’s will meet again at a future Board meeting to take this forward Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far, and to everyone who will contribute in future. Everyone’s input is important to the future of Our Club.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to those members renewing your memberships for not sending out your membership cards as of yet. This has no doubt been due to the large influx of new members which has had the membership group volunteers giving every second of their spare time to inputting membership details into our in-touch membership system.

However, this is great news for the Trust in one respect as it means our membership numbers have risen dramatically and we are now approaching our 3,000th member, which is an all time high for the Supporters Trust membership. We can report that membership cards are now ready and will be sent out to members next week.

As we reported in the last briefing we have recognised that the systems we use were set up a good few years back, when the Membership was numbered in hundreds, rather than the thousands we have today, and no longer reflects the professionalism that exists across both the WST and Wrexham FC. To ensure that we have the correct infrastructure to support and promote this membership growth we have centralised our membership management activities at the Football Club offices, which ensures that each and every query or application has one place of delivery, and has the attention it merits and deserves. The WST membership is the lifeblood of the Club and should be given that recognition.

As always, if you have ANY membership queries, please use this email address and we’ll get right back to you: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you for your continued support!

150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014-15

Next year Wrexham Football Club will celebrate its 150th Anniversary, making it the oldest football club in Wales, and the third oldest professional football club in the World. We will be looking to not only celebrate this milestone in 2014, but also during the 2014-15 season.

With this in mind a committee has been formed that includes representatives of the following organisations:

* The Club Board                                                                 * The Trust Board    

* The Racecourse Community Foundation                    * The Players themselves  

* Wrexham County Borough Council                              * Glyndwr University                       

* Wrexham Supporters Federation                                   * The Former Players Association

They will be working to put together a number of events to celebrate the occasion in style, and will be asking our members to have as much input as possible in the events to be organised.

In the mean time, if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see occur during this historical period then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your ideas.

CLUB PRESIDENT

In accordance with the policy agreed by members at the recent AGM, the Trust Board are pleased to announce that former player and manager Dixie McNeil will be their nomination for the position of Club President. Members will be asked to ratify that nomination at the forthcoming Members meeting on 17th August. The post (to be held for three years) is an honorary one without powers, but the Club President is an important ambassador who represents the Club in a variety of ways. The Trust Board are confident that Dixie has all the attributes to successfully carry out that role.

Dixie was a member of the greatest side in Wrexham’s history when his goals helped the club win the Third Division championship in 1977/78, and help the club to reach the quarter-finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup as well as winning the Welsh Cup that same season.

He later managed the club taking his team to the Fourth Division play-off final where we lost to Leyton Orient. He has remained a keen supporter of the club and still plays a huge part in representing Wrexham Football Club at many functions and on match days. He is also heavily involved in the Wrexham FC Former Players Association.

YR WYDDFA / SNOWDON 2013!

For the third consecutive year the Red Army Walk ascended Snowdon on Sunday 30th June to raise funds for our fans owned club. About fifty fans made their way up the Miners Track to the summit in cloudy and damp conditions only to be met to the amazement of those making the walk by ‘Wrex The Dragon’. WST member Steve Lloyd and his wife Heather had actually made the walk with Wrex along the Snowdon Ranger route in time to meet the fans at the top! A superb effort by Steve and Heather.

It is thought that the walk has raised between £4-5,000, which is a worthy contribution to club funds. The Club Chief Executive Don Bircham, who made the walk for the first time said; “It was a fantastic experience, and I’d certainly consider doing it next year, hopefully on a clearer day. Well done to all those who made the walk to raise the extra funds for the club.”

COMMERCIAL UPDATE

With the arrival of Peter Howell, being co-opted onto the WST Board we have revamped the fundraising section of our structure, which now consists of Geoff Scott, Dave Jones and Peter Howell. We are actively seeking any ideas, big or small, that you think might help us raise some much needed funds.

We are looking for any members who would like to get involved in joining a small fundraising group. Any members who have any fundraising ideas contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remember, we are a Family Club, we own the Club so lets grow our Family. We will be looking to have short regular meetings with the focus on developing our business not talking about it. We see lots of great ideas on Social Media so lets start putting some of these into action. Maybe you can design a mug, a T-shirt, or have seen something elsewhere that would been successful.

Please don’t forget to buy a Raffle Ticket for the fabulous prize of a signed framed players shirt from the FA Trophy Final against Grimsby, with ticket, photographs and a commerative plaque. Tickets are only £2, or 3 for £5. This is a prize not to be missed, and is on display at our Eagles Meadow Shop. Go down and have a look at this Prize and at some of our merchandise which we will be changed throughout the season.

One of our most successful Fundraising Events over the last few years is our Christmas Raffle and any donations of prizes will be greatly received. We all need to get behind this raffle by selling tickets to friends, family, and even strangers to support our great Club. If you have a prize that you would like to donate then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Commercial Manager Steven Cook still has a number of hospitality and sponsorship packages available for the forthcoming season. If any members reading this would be interested in match or match ball sponsorship; dining in Bamfords on a match day; booking an executive box; or even a pitch side board, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or even if you know of anyone who would be interested in the aforementioned then why not give Steven the contact to follow up the lead. Your help as members is vital in helping the club commercially. If you have any time spare this and would like to help out with commercial opportunities then please email Trust Board member Geoff Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GOLD BOND:

We are continually recruiting people to join the Gold Bond. We now have over 2,200 Trust members, but only 800 Gold Bond members. We are keen to increase the membership, which has dropped drastically over the past five years, but we can only do it with your help. If you, or you know of anyone who want like to participate in the Wrexham FC Gold Bond, then please phone 01978 262129 and ask for Glyn; call at the football club or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register your interest or to obtain further details for any of the various packages and opportunities available, please contact the Commercial Dept on 01978 262129 or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

COMMUNITY GROUP

Our partnership with the Alzheimer Society that delivers a befriending service using football memorabilia to sufferers of dementia is now fully established. A group of five together with their WFC volunteers now meet regularly once a month, and a second group is being developed with a view to starting soon. Any other interested volunteers would be more than welcome to come and join us. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to become involved.
Work with the Racecourse Community Foundation continues and the Wrexham FC Disabled Football Team is undergoing weekly football training sessions every Wednesday on the Glyndwr University Astro Pitch, 11am-12pm. 
Those 19 volunteers working towards their Football Coaches for the Disabled badge have now all completed their 'Leaders Award' and are gaining invaluable experience assisting with disabled football coaching sessions. They will undertake their Child Welfare Course next on 12th August at the Racecourse Community Foundation.
The inaugural meeting of the Senior Dragons group took place in the Maesgwyn Hall on Wednesday 31 July. It was an extremely entertaining and enlightening informal gathering that went on for almost two hours! The group agreed to meet again at the same place on the last Wednesday of each month at 10:30am. Anyone 21 years (no matter how many times) or older is welcome to come along to future events.

COMMUNITY SHARES

The first Community Share funded project is underway with the Club Shop currently undergoing its refurbishment. Those who have already purchased shares will shortly see the benefits that investing in the scheme will bring to the football club, with a much improved area to sell tickets and merchandise, increasing revenue for the business.

We are looking to acknowledge all members individually, who have invested so far and helped raise the money to fund the new club shop, by placing a memento in the new shop to commemorate it being a community funded project. If you would like to have your name included, it’s not too late to invest. Application forms can be downloaded from the website or picked up from the Trust Shop. All those investing before the end of August will be included in Club Shop memento.

This coming season we will be actively looking for other projects to spend Community Share money on. All identified projects will need a business case to support them to ensure that the project can bring maximum benefit to the football club. If you have any ideas or suggestions about projects you would like to see WST investigate further, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. All sensible suggestions will be considered by the Board.

The next batch of Share Certificates will be issued during August. This batch will include updated certificates to those who have already received a certificate, but have invested additional amounts since receiving their original. If you would like any further information regarding the scheme, then please refer to the Community Shares section of the website or contact WST via the normal channels.

BE A DIRECTOR FOR THE DAY AT THE RACECOURSE

The Supporters Trust Board have agreed this year to have a members draw for each home league game for two Supporters Trust members to have the experience of being a ‘Director For The Day’. This will entail attending the game beforehand in the Club Board room with fellow Directors and guests. You will have a buffet lunch followed by watching the game from the Directors Box.

All ‘Directors’ drawn out will be expected to be formally dressed with shirt and tie, and of best behaviour as club representatives. 

BE A DIRECTOR FOR THE DAY AT AN AWAY MATCH

Another benefit that the Supporters Trust Board has seen fit to introduce is that of being a ‘Director For The Day’ at an away match. As you have probably already seen, this scheme was introduced last season for fans to sponsor the coach to away games. With this in mind it was felt that where we have no sponsor that a members draw would take place for four members to have the opportunity to travel on the team coach to an away match, listen to the pre-match talk by the manager, be guests in the away team’s board room and watch the game from the Directors Box. This would be a great experience for any Wrexham fan.

DO YOU HAVE THE TIME TO VOLUNTEER FOR WREXHAM FC?

Wrexham Football Club is a truly fans owned Football Club. The take over of the club in November 2011, happened because of volunteers with the expertise in the areas required for Wrexham Supporters Trust to become the first ever Supporters Trust to take over a professional football club as a going concern.

Almost two years down the line and our club progresses both on and off the field because of the hard and dedicated work of volunteers. The reason for this is down to many factors that include both a committed Football Club and Supporters Trust Board; great management team; and most importantly those supporters who donate their personal time by volunteering for the club.

In recent seasons people have volunteered for all kinds of projects and requests such as attending fete’s and charity events to promote the club; the Saturday stall in town; climbing to the top of Snowdon; to clearing the pitch of snow!  And many more! However, although we are well served by a fantastic team of volunteers we still need to attract more supporters to help us deliver in many various functions including match days.

We are now seeing many benefits for Wrexham Football Club being a fan owned community club, but the more volunteers we can attract the more the work can be shared. Volunteers do not have to be available to work every home match day, but if you are able to help out even just a few times a season this would be a great help in the continuing success of this thing of ours.

This is where you come in, can you spare a few hours on a match day? Do you have some spare time in the week? Then we would love to hear from you, drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Volunteering is so much fun, you will meet some great people and get to help your community club.

WE WANT YOUR PRINTER CARTRIDGES!

Recycle your old printer cartridges, toners by handing them into the Club or Trust Shop. However, we do not want any Epson ink jet cartridges, as they are worthless!

Wrexham FC being a community club is committed to helping the environment. Please ask friends and families if they have any old cartridges they could possibly donate too.

WE WANT YOUR FOREIGN MONEY!

Have you returned from holiday with unwanted currency, or got old foreign coins and notes mouldering away in the back of a drawer?

Some 64% of travelers return from abroad with foreign currency and this year the average

Holidaymaker is coming home with just over £28 in notes and coins.

With this in mind Wrexham Supporters Trust are collecting any Foreign Coins/Notes that you do not need. We feel that this is a great way to raise money for the Trust, if you do have any that you can donate, please drop any unwanted Foreign coins/notes off at the Club or Trust shops. All currencies welcome.

JUNIOR DRAGONS

If you have children who are under 11 then why not sign them up for the Junior Dragons?

 They can join on line at www.wst.org.uk or collect a form from either the club or Trust shops.

We now have just over 350 junior members, but we want to increase it!

The kids are our future!

The cost of joining the Junior Dragons is just £5, but we guarantee that the Junior Dragons will receive every penny of this, and more, back during the course of the season in the form of goodies. Please don't delay, join today!

Seven Junior Dragons were chosen out of the hat to have the experience of walking out with the Wrexham players at Wembley for the FA Trophy final. What an experience for each and every one of them, as well as their proud parents. It was a day to remember for all concerned. This was followed by a draw for one more Junior Dragon to be THE mascot for the Play-Off final with Newport County.

On top of this the Racecourse Development Foundation run a Saturday Club on match days for Junior Dragon members. This is run every morning prior to a Saturday home game.

For further details on both joining the Junior Dragons or on the Saturday Club please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01978 294414.

WREXHAM FC YEARBOOK 2013-14

The eighth volume of C'mon The Town, the Wrexham yearbook proudly published by the Wrexham Supporters Trust will be published in early September. We are offering all Trust members the chance to be pre subscribers, and have your name in the book, but most of all help to support this project that is building up nicely as a chronicled history of the club.

This year the price remains at £11.95, but by subscribing now you will have your book POST FREE!

Quite simply, this book is the standard by which all other yearbooks should be judged. No other club at our level has anything like this. Produced by the fans; for the fans; this book enables the loyal Wrexham supporter to relive the raw excitement of the previous season and look forward to the coming season.

Every strand of the clubs activities is brought together here in 220+ action filled, fully illustrated pages drenched with passion, commitment and the belief that this club will rise again. It is without doubt the best club yearbook in non-league football!

You now have the unique chance to have your name in the book by subscribing for it in advance. To become a subscriber please send your cheque for £11.95 per book, payable to; 'Wrexham Supporters Trust' to ‘FREEPOST WST’ or you can pay on line at www.wst.org.uk. Closing date for subscribers is 20th August.

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