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.
WREXHAM SUPPORTERS TRUST MEMBERS MEETING
The next members meeting of Wrexham Supporters Trust will be on Monday 10th February at the Wrexham Lager Club starting at 7.30pm with a guest yet to be confirmed. This is a Members only meeting and you must be a member to attend. However, anyone whose membership has expired can rejoin on the night, as can anyone wishing to join the Supporters Trust.
WREXHAM FC 150th ANNIVERSARY 2014 CIVIC RECEPTION
Wrexham County Borough Council invited members of Wrexham Football Club to a Civic Reception in the Council Chambers on Friday 24th January to mark the opening of celebrations in relation to the 150th Anniversary of Wrexham Football Club.
The Mayor of Wrexham David Bithell welcomed guests and said: “We congratulate Wrexham Football Club on celebrating their 150th Anniversary. The Football Club is so important to putting the Town of Wrexham on the map.”
Wrexham Football Club CEO Don Bircham responded and said everyone at the Football Club was looking forward to a number of events in the forthcoming 16 months, as it was not just one calendar year, the celebrations also included the 2014-15 season.
Dixie McNeil President of Wrexham Football Club and also Chairman of the 150th Anniversary committee gave an insight into the types of events being organised by the committee.
Football Association of Wales Councillor Ken Hughes spoke of behalf of the FAW, and congratulated the club on its Anniversary and was proud that of the Club being the oldest Football Club in Wales.
Wrexham Supporters Trust President Bryn Law then stepped up to give his memories of what being a Wrexham fan meant, and still means to him having first watched the club in March 1979 against Blackburn Rovers. He wished the club well on its Anniversary and expressed his and the fans desire to be back in the Football League.
Finally, Council Leader Neil Rogers thanked everyone for there attendance and reiterated the fact of what the Football Club means to the town of Wrexham. He also stated that in 2004 he tried to have the council purchase the Racecourse.
The reception finished with a look at a short video of 150 years of Wrexham Football Club in 150 seconds that had been put together by Les Evans and Peter Jones. You will be able to watch the footage on the WST web site at www.wst.org.uk
DRAGONHEART! – CALON FM 105FM
The Dragonheart radio show that was re-launched in November is very much making an impression with the fans. The hour-long show contains a mix of fans-talk about recent and forthcoming games, music and interviews with player, Football Club Board members, Trust Board members etc.
Being a Community Radio station, the show can only be heard on Calon FM 105.0 within a five mile radius of Wrexham, however, for fans who live out that area it can be heard on the Calon FM web site, which also has a listen again feature that you can listen to for up to a week later.
The show made ‘by fans for the fans’ occupies the popular Friday afternoon slot between 4pm and 5pm on 105.0 FM. Fans from outside the Wrexham area can listen to the weekly show on the listen again feature on the Calon FM website, whilst all the shows will soon be available to listen to on the WST web site at www.wst.org.uk
This is another exciting development in our journey as a Supporters Trust. As a community organi- sation ourselves, we are delighted to partner up with Calon FM, our local community radio station.
DRAGONHEART! – CALON FM 105FM – WE WANT PRESENTERS!
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE WINNERS
The WST Christmas Raffle draw took place in the Centenary Club following the Boxing Day game with Alfreton. The draw tickets were picked out by Wrexham manager Andy Morrell.
The decision by the Trust Board to accept Wrexham Volkswagen’s offer of purchasing a car at a discounted rate to raffle, and to put the ticket price up to £2 a ticket has proved worthwhile as we have made just over £13,000 on the raffle, compared to a £9,500 profit last year.
WST would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket, and everyone who took the time to sell tickets on our behalf. We would also like to thank those who donated prizes for the raffle.
The winners were:
1 A NEW Volkswagen Up car from Wrexham Volkswagen 16898 Margaret Jones
2 Mediterranean Cruise for Two with First Choice 15489 Dave Walker
3 Executive Box for Ten people at the Wrexham v. Grimsby on 25th Jan 2014. 06565 L Smith
4 2 tickets to a show of their choice at Glyndwr University 04355 Chris Johnson
5 Voucher for four people to have a pre match meal in Bamfords. 72105 Jon Hawkins
6 Signed Wrexham FC shirt 23526 Parsonage
7 Wrexham FC Yearbook 2013-14 signed by the first team squad 26047 Merv Ellender
8 Cheque for £50 (Donated By NCA) 69454 Tony Lewis
9 Signed Wrexham FC away shirt 60976 M Hughes
10 Bottle of Whisky and a Bottle Tia Maria (Donated By Paul Parry) 53077 N Jordan
11 Football Manager 2014 73251 A Jones
12 Two tickets for away travel to Cambridge. 73258 Neil Pritchard
13 Two tickets for the Player of the Season Dinner at the Lion Quays on Sunday 27th April 2014. 42022 Maurice Edwards
14 Bottle of Penderyn Welsh Whisky (Donated By Tony Williams) 25692 AA Platt
15 Oven Clean up to the value of £50 (Donated By John Pugh) 54037 Clive Popplewell
16 £50 Wrexham FC Club Shop Voucher (Donated by Buckley & District Reds) 72128 D Smith
17 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) for a stadium and museum tour at Old Trafford (Donated By Man. Utd) 60985 M Hughes
18 One nights accommodation and evening meal at the Holt Lodge 31685 Rob Davies
19 Mobile phone car kit donated by Brian Hayes Autoelectrics. 03149 Bill Catherall
20 Bottle of Glenfidich Whisky 05095 Alys Beckett
21 2 tickets for ‘the sound of Dire Straits’ The Straits at Rhyl Pavilion on Saturday 8th February 2014. 18146 Mervyn Davies
22 2 tickets for the London Palladium Production of Scrooge on 6th Jan 2014 at Venue Cymru 36669 H Jones
23 Signed Wrexham Football (Donated by Kevin Williams) 03822 Andy K
24 Family of four tickets for ‘The Goodison Experience’ – A stadium tour of Everton FC, Goodison Park. 75220 De Bolk
25 Signed copy of Joey Jones Autobiography 'Oh Joey Joey' 08302 M Joyce
26 Bottle of Glenlivet Scotch Whisky 77174 Susan Jones
27 Framed photo of 1977/78 Championship team (Donated by Dave Davies) 17924 Andy Butterton
28 Framed photo of 1992/93 Promotion winning team (Donated by Dave Davies) 54025 Craig Bennett
29 Framed photo of 2002/03 Promotion winning team (Donated by Dave Davies) 65214 Michael Hurst
30 Bottle of Bell's Scotch Whisky 12874 Richard Williams
31 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) for the Anfield stadium tour and Museum tour (Donated by Liverpool FC) 68948 A Parry
150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014-15 – WREXHAM FC FORMER PLAYERS DINNER WITH THE 70’S GLAM ROCK BAND THE SWEET!
The former players have organised a dinner at the Lion Quays Waterside Resort at Moreton, on the A5 near Oswestry, on Friday 14th February, that is sure to be a ‘Hell Raiser!’
A sell out crowd of 300 will be celebrating Valentines night in the company of former players of the 150 year-old Wrexham Football Club, whilst being entertained by the World famous Glam Rock band, The Sweet, who have had ten top ten hits with records such as Ballroom Blitz, Fox on the Run, Little Willy, Love is Like Oxygen, Teenage Rampage, Wig-Wam Bam plus many many more.
The group is led by local boy Andy Scott, who remains the only original member of the band, and following a memorable concert for the Supporters Trust in 2006 at the William Aston Hall, he was quoted as saying; “A Football Club is the lifeblood of a Town or City, and I just thought I had to help Wrexham.”
It most certainly promises to be a night to remember. Thank you to everyone who has supported this event.
150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014-15 – WREXHAM FC QUIZ NIGHT
As part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations we have organised a Wrexham FC Sports Quiz night on Friday 7th March at the Centenary Club in which we are looking for teams of four to take part. The cost is just £10 per team, and the quiz is sponsored by the Co-operative Wales with some great prizes to be won. Trust member Dave Davies, a veteran of quizzes, will be the quizmaster for the evening. Please make every effort to support this event.
150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014-15 – LEGENDS FOOTBALL MATCH
On Sunday 13th April on the Racecourse we will be holding a Legends football match on the Racecourse between former players of Wrexham Football Club and a team of former Welsh internationals. Further information on the game will be announced in the near future once we confirm those playing.
WREXHAM FC 2013-14 PLAYER OF THE SEASON DINNER
The Wrexham FC 2013-14 Player of the Season dinner is taking place on Sunday 27th April at the Lion Quays. This is a very popular event with a guest speaker yet to be confirmed. But all Supporters groups will be making their trophy presentations on the day. Further information will be announced soon.
150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014-15 – SNOWDON WALK
For the past three years Wrexham fans have climbed to the top of Snowdon to raise funds for Wrexham Football Club and in doing so have raised over £40,000. However, this year is a special Anniversary and with this in mind we are looking for 150 fans to make the walk on behalf of the club. They must all agree to raise over £150 each, and all will receive a commemorative t-shirt in doing so, as well as free coach travel to Snowdon.
150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014-15
There are many more events being organised, so pleased keep watch on both the club and WST web sites for further updated information.
Our membership figures are currently still around the 3,000 mark. We recently issued Renewal Notices for memberships that expired in June and September as well as those due to expire at the end of December. We are now receiving back those renewals as well as a steady flow of new members joining.
As previously stated the summer increase in membership numbers was fantastic, but brought its own challenges in terms of the extra administration required. We would hope that all members who joined in the summer have now had their membership cards, but we are aware of people who have recently renewed, have not yet received cards. We issue cards in batches and try to issue a batch every month. If you still awaiting a membership card please get in touch, and we’ll ensure that your card is sent out in the next batch.
We are looking to change our current membership card system in the near future so that we can provide our members with a better service. We are currently looking at options and will provide more details when we have them.
We would urge those members who pay annually to consider paying for their membership via a recurring Standing Order payment. This reduces the number of Renewal Notices we need to issue each year and therefore reduces costs and administration for the club.
DIRECTOR FOR THE DAY
Director for the Day continues to be a great success. The initiative allows all members to be entered into a draw to win the chance to join the Football Club Board Directors in the Board Room and watch a home league match from the Directors box. The latest winners were Pauline Harding and Alan Holmes who were the guests for the recent home game against FC Halifax, and were hosted by WST Board member Huw Davies.
Pauline and Alan both enjoyed the day, with the highlight being meeting and chatting with Club President Dixie McNeil. We will be drawing out more members for the remaining home games of the season. If you are one of those lucky winners, a WST Board Member will contact you.
CALLING ALL CANDIDATES
‘BRING A TIN’ MATCH FEEDBACK
The Bring a Tin event took place at the televised FA Cup match with Oxford United on 9th December. It all came about as a result of a suggestion from a fellow Red at the previous home game against Gresley FC in the FA Trophy. After a quick debate with the Trust board, the Trust’s community and media reps very quickly got the media campaign designed and launched.
With 230 local families listed by Social Services as needing help over the Christmas period; willing volunteers of Trust members manned various collection points around the ground prior to KO to get the campaign started.
Major Ian McCredie and Karen Edwards from the Salvation Army, Wrexham Foodbank said; “A heartfelt thanks to all who supported the collection. A total of 350Kg of food was donated along with £25.00 in cash donations. Whether the fans brought one can or a bag full of cans, every bit helped to make this a superb collection”.
It is believed that Wrexham FC is the first club to have attempted such a campaign, the success of which was quickly recognised and taken up by other clubs around the country.
COMMUNICATING WITH CONFIDENCE (CWC) SCHEME
CWC is a new local charity backed by the NHS Wales Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, helping people who have communication problems, such as sufferers of a stroke, by instigating a new interactive awareness campaign aimed at the service sector.
The Trust is working with CWC to help introduce their communication scheme at the Racecourse where we hope to make simple things like the purchase of a cup of coffee or a family match ticket less of a worry for someone with any kind of communication problem.
New signage on doors and at counters in the near future will indicate the scheme is in use and you will know that Wrexham FC will have been the first club to have ‘signed up’ to the scheme.
DISABLED SUPPORTERS CONCESSION ON OFFICIAL AWAY TRAVEL COACHES
Not provided by any other football club to our knowledge is Wrexham FC’s scheme to allow two Personal Assistant tickets free of charge for two ambulant disabled supporters travelling on any of the Club’s official away travel coaches.
Seats can be booked on a ‘first come first served’ basis, i.e. success depends upon the number of remaining seats still available. All Personal Assistant tickets are to be booked via the WFC Disabled Supporters Association (benefit of membership) with the same proof of disability/entitlement as for general match tickets.
Commercial Manager Steven Cook is looking for fans to get together and take advantage of the Bamford’s Experience. “In terms of revenue being generated, we are doing well in most areas, but are still yet to crack The Bamford Suite and really get it off the ground.
|* Pre match Q&A with Andy Morrell and players||* Sky Sports coverage|
|* 2 Course Meal||* Match Day Programme|
|* Team Sheet||* Half Time tea/coffee/biscuits|
|* Watch the Man of the Match Presentation||* Match Day Bar|
|* Hosted by Former Player Nick Hencher||* Warm, comfortable surroundings|
|* Mingle with the players following the game|
“Thank you again for your support. It really is very much appreciated.” – Steve Cook
WREXHAM SUPPORTERS FEDERATION
Wrexham Supporters Federation is the umbrella group for all official independent supporters groups. They collectively raise a lot of funds for Wrexham Football Club. Individually, they all organize their own events, and are very much part of the fundraising arm of the Supporters Trust. We would encourage all members to support your local supporters club. Those who currently come under this umbrella are:
|* Wrexham Supporters Association||
* Buckley & District Reds
|* Deeside Reds||* Disabled Supporters Association|
|* Gwersyllt & District Reds||* Holywell & District Reds|
|* Kings Mills Reds||* London Reds|
|* Manchester Reds||* Mold & District Reds|
|* Rhos & District Reds||* Shropshire Reds|
It costs each group £50 a year to be members of the Federation, with all funding being put into Wrexham Football Club. Groups are there to help and advise each other on events, and in fundraising initiatives.
WE WANT YOUR FOREIGN MONEY!
Have you returned from holiday with unwanted currency, or got old foreign coins and notes moldering 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.
DO YOU HAVE THE TIME TO VOLUNTEER FOR WREXHAM FC?
JUNIOR DRAGONS UPDATE
As has been recently announced by the Racecourse Community Foundation, they have decided to terminate their involvement with the Junior Dragons. We wish to thank the RCF for their past efforts and reassure everyone that the Trust is fully committed to continue developing this important section of our membership, and will be announcing future arrangements (run by volunteers with no additional costs) shortly.
We encourage all parents to join up their sons and daughters to the Junior Dragons. We still have two events lined up which we will be announcing shortly, so as not to miss out join now! Membership of the Junior Dragons runs from 1st June to 31st May each season.
We still have nine home games left, and nine mascot positions still to be filled, so anyone joining now will be in the hat to be a mascot! Remember its only £5 to join the JD’s!
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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.