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Wrexham Supporters Trust Members Briefing April 2014

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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.

NEXT WREXHAM SUPPORTERS TRUST MEMBERS MEETING

The next members meeting of Wrexham Supporters Trust will be in May at a time and date still to be confirmed. This will be 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 else wishing to join the Supporters Trust. We will email all members with the date and time for this meeting once confirmed, as well as advertising it on both the Club and Trust web sites.

WREXHAM FC 150th ANNIVERSARY 2014-15

Wrexham Football Club 150th Anniversary celebrations continue. Following the Civic Reception in January, the Former Players Association kicked off celebrations with a dinner at the Lion Quays that included Glam Rock Band The Sweet for what was a 'Blockbuster' of an evening! A Sports Quiz followed in March at the Birthplace of Wrexham Football Club, The Turf, which proved to be a very popular evening with a full house.

Please keep an eye open for other events being organised and please give your support. Finally, why not check out the 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

150TH ANNIVERSARY FOOTBALL QUIZ NIGHT

The 150th Anniversary celebrations continue with a Football Quiz Night this coming Friday, 11th April, at the Wrexham Lager Club starting at 8pm.

We are extremely grateful to the quiz master Pete Roberts who has kindly put himself forward to organise the quiz, and we are looking for teams of no more than four people to take part at a cost of just £10 a team with Wrexham FC prizes to be won.

150th ANNIVERSARY SPONSORED PARACHUTE JUMP

Five brave (or foolish!) Wrexhamites will be jumping out of an airplane in a sponsored parachute jump to raise funds for Wrexham FC.

The parachute jump, which will take place on Friday April 18th, will be part of Wrexham Football Club's continued 150th Anniversary celebrations.

Leading the way will be Club Director, former Wrexham player and Welsh international, Barry Horne. Wrexham FC Commercial manager Steve Cook will closely follow Barry, and members of the Wrexham Supporters' Trust Board, Peter Howell and Anita Robinson will then follow him. Finally, Wrexham fan and the Declan Swans lead singer, Scoot, will make up the quintet.

150th Anniversary Chairman, and Club President, Dixie McNeil, said: "This is a great fundraising initiative for our 150th Anniversary, and again highlights how much this fans owned football club means to us all from the Board room to the fans. It's OUR Club.

"I hope that fans of the club will give Barry, Steve, Peter, Anita and Michael the support that they deserve doing this, as I there's no way I would jump out of a plane! I know that this is a big achievement for all five to make, as they have never done anything like this before. I hope that fans dig deep again to support them."

Fans can sponsor the quintet by filling in the sponsorship form in either the Club Shop or the Trust Shop, or by visiting www.gofundme.com/WFCSkyDive

* * * * * VOTE FOR WREXHAM SUPPORTERS TRUST PLAYER OF THE SEASON * * * * *

We are now seeking members votes for the Wrexham Supporters' Trust Player of the Season. Please make your vote on line at our web site www.wst.org.uk The closing date for votes is noon on Wednesday 23rd April 2014.

PLAYER OF THE SEASON DINNER 2013-14

Please don't forget the Player of the Season dinner on Sunday 27th April at the Lion Quays starting at 1pm. Kevin Wilkin and the first team playing squad will be in attendance to collect the Player of the Season awards for 2013-14 from all the club's recognised supporters' groups.

The cost of the dinner is just £30 per person, which includes a two-course meal. Our guest speaker will be the former Welsh international and Everton defender Kevin Ratcliffe, who will ensure it will be an afternoon to remember.

Kevin, who made a total of 461 appearances for the Toffeemen, was renowned for his robust approach to the game and for being a tough tackler. He was made Everton captain at the age of 23, and went on to help the club to win the 1984 FA Cup final; the Football League championship in 1984-85 and the European Cup-Winners' Cup the same season.

Kevin was capped by Wales 59 times, often as captain, playing in a Welsh team that came so close to qualifying for a major tournament, and boasting quality players such as Ian Rush, Neville Southall, Mark Hughes etc. In fact Kevin's last match for Wales was actually a young players debut for Wales.......Ryan Giggs!

You can book your seats at the dinner by calling in at the Club Shop and paying by cash or card or by booking on line at www.wrexhamafc.co.uk

150TH ANNIVERSARY GOLF DAY

Wrexham Football Club are holding a Golf Day with Former and current Players as part of our 150th Anniversary celebrations. It is taking part on Friday 30th May at Clays Farm Golf Club, just outside Wrexham.

It is a 2pm shotgun start, and we urge those interested in taking part in this prestigious annual golfing event to book early as we only have 20 fourballs available, so early registration is advised to avoid disappointment!

There are some great prizes to be won and a fabulous memorabilia auction with our MC and Guest Speaker for the evening, former international referee John Lloyd.

Closing date for entries will be Friday, 16th May with applications being accepted from teams of four persons, with the best two scores counting.

Don't worry if you would like to enter on your own, we will look to place you with a team.

The cost is £150 per team or £37.50 per individuals. The price also includes coffee and a bacon bap on arrival and a two-course meal.

For further details contact Alan Harris: 07980 498251 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

150TH ANNIVERSARY SNOWDON WALK

This year's walk up Snowdon will be one with a difference! In our club's 150th Anniversary year we are looking for 150 Wrexham fans to sign up for the walk with a promise to raise £150 each. That will give Wrexham Football Club £22,500, and Wrexham Supporters' Trust promise to give every penny raised in addition to Kevin Wilkin's playing budget for next season.

The Snowdon walk has over the past three years raised over £40,000 towards club funds, and this year this Wrexham Supporters ' Trust want fans to make one big effort to make it a year to remember, and support Kevin in building his team for next season.

Furthermore, we are looking for 150 other Supporters Trusts or Supporters groups across the country to join Wrexham fans on the walk to raise funds for their own organisation, and we've had a great response with over twenty other clubs so far signed up, with Premier League clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, down to newly formed clubs such as AFC Hinckley and 1874 Northwich, as well as our close neighbours Chester! It will be an event to remember.

Wrexham Supporters Trust Chairman, Peter Jones, invited fans from across the UK to join the Wrexham walk this year, saying "As a 100% fans owned club we believe strongly in the fans-ownership model for football, and want to help other supporters trusts to share in the historic anniversary that Wrexham Football Club is celebrating this year. Walking up Snowdon has become a landmark event in our recent journey as a supporters trust, and we would be delighted if 150 other groups could join us this year"

The walk is to take place on Sunday 29th June 2014, and the ascent will start from the Pen-Y-Pass car park up the Miners Track route at 10am. Wrexham Supporters Trust will put on coaches departing from Wrexham at 8am, as there is minimal parking at the Pen-Y-Pass car park.

Those taking part will need to be reasonably fit and healthy. However, please remember that this is not a race to the top! And we encourage everyone to take there time walking up; and stopping to have rests when needed. Please note that at times you are required to scramble up rocks! The walk takes between three and four hours to reach the top, and between two and a half and three hours to descend.

As well as wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear, we would ask that everyone wear the football shirt of his or her team for an unforgettable photograph opportunity at the top of Snowdon.

To register or if you have any queries about the walk then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a letter to WST Snowdon, c/o Wrexham FC, The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, LL11 2AH.

150th ANNIVERSARY HISTORICAL WEB SITE - DO YOU HAVE ANY ARTEFACTS WE CAN LOAN?

Wrexham Football Club celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2014, having been founded at the Turf Hotel on 4th October 1864 by members of the Denbighshire Cricket Club. This makes Wrexham FC the oldest football club in Wales; and the third oldest professional football club in the world after Notts County (1862) and Stoke City (1863).

The Racecourse Ground, where the club first played is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest international football stadium in the world. It's by no coincidence that the Football Association of Wales originated in Wrexham in 1876 - twelve years after the formation of Wrexham Football Club - and was located in the town until the mid 1970s.

With this in mind we aim to raise the awareness and understanding of our heritage and its central place in the social and community history of Wrexham and North Wales by looking to establish an on-line archive, including adding photographs and other historic documents to the project.

This is where you come in. We need your help in making this possible. Looking at the club's 150 year history provides an opportunity for people to reflect on our history, and we are looking to build up the web site to include many artefacts that we already have to reflect on 150 years of history of Wrexham Football Club. The older the items the better, but we also wish the web site to reflect on our full 150 year history to raise the awareness and understanding of our heritage to make a difference in enabling it to flourish, whilst ensuring our heritage is conserved for the benefit of future generations.

We are already thankful to Andy Mills for allowing us to link in with his excellent web site www.wrexhamprogrammes.com which covers all post war programmes. If you can help with older programmes then please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The web site will soon be available and if you have any artefacts that you can either photograph or scan, then please send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Heritage, c/o Wrexham FC, The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, LL11 2AH. Please state if you want the items returning or donating to Wrexham Museum.

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.

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!

If you, or you know of any fans who would be interested in being involved with the show either presenting or co-presenting then please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

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.

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

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting of Wrexham Supporters Trust will take on Thursday 26th June 2014 starting at 7.30pm at the Centenary Club, Racecourse Ground Wrexham.

As well as the usual reports from officers (including details our latest strategic plan) and a presentation of the budgets, members will be able to vote on resolutions and the results of elections to the Trust Board will be announced.

There are five vacancies on the Trust Board. Details of how to nominate candidates will be issued shortly, but in the meantime, if any member wants to know more about the role then please contact Alan Fox, WST Secretary, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Similarly, if any members wish to put forward any resolutions then please contact Alan.

In accordance with our election policy the elections will be overseen by an election management group which this year will comprise of Alan Fox, Clive Popplewell and Derrick Moore (secretary of the AFC Telford Supporters Trust).

We have five board vacancies this year so if you are thinking of taking an active part in the running of the Trust, and want to know more about the role of a board member, please feel free to contact Alan Fox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN

Now that we are moving towards a period of consolidation where we can reflect and begin to plan for the years to come, the Group is working on the detail of a Community Engagement Plan that will see us enhancing the social, cultural and economic value of Wrexham Football Club to its communities and to encourage those communities to become involved in Club activities.

DONATION (1)

Wrexham Supporters Trust kindly received a donation from one of our oldest members, Mr. Arthur Massey, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Mr. Massey requested his family and friends to give cash instead of purchasing a present for him to make a donation to Wrexham Supporters Trust and Nightingale House. Mr. Massey kindly donated £250 to the Trust.

DONATION (2)

Two Wrexham Supporters Trust Board members, Peter Jones and David Jones recently travelled to Belfast to a talk at a Co-operative Alternatives seminar. Peter told the Wrexham story, from being formed as the oldest football club in Wales to becoming a community benefit society, owned by the fans and run by the fans, for the benefit of their local community. David followed up by giving a talk on how the club became the first to implement a community share offer for fans to become social investors in the future of the club.

The seminar was organised by Co-operative Alternatives in collaboration with the Building Change Trust, which was set up to explore how community shares can be used to enable community ownership in leisure and sports. The audience included members of Glentoran and Crusaders Trust's, as well as a Gaelic Football team; a local sports club; and council members from constituencies in Northern Ireland.

A donation of £600 was kindly made to Wrexham Supporters Trust for Peter and Dave's presentation.

GOLD BOND:

We are continually recruiting people to join the Gold Bond. We now have over 3,000 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.

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.).

COMMERCIAL UPDATE

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.

"As the heart of the club and with so much to offer on a match day it's something I'm passionate about improving. Numbers really are the key to success in here and we've seen it numerous times for key fixtures, just how much of a difference the extra people can make to the room. "If you and your friends and family would like to get together then please get in touch with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . When you consider what is on offer, it really is superb value. Don't forget it's only £40 (£23 for Season Ticket Holders) for all the benefits below.

* Pre match Q&A with Kevin Wilkin 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.

If you want to form an official supporters group in your area and want advice in doing so then please do not hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. You will need at the very least a constitution and an elected Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.

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 travellers 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?

We are always on the look out for new volunteers to help out with different things both on match day and non-match day, this includes working in the newly developed club shop and attending any outside events. With the summer fast approaching we want to take Wrexham Football Club into the Community, so any fans who would like to help out please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Volunteering is so much fun, you get to meet some fantastic people and what's more you are helping our club.

Work is currently underway in designing a Volunteers Induction Programme that will provide our volunteers with a fuller understanding of, not only the variety of work within the football club, but who the key personnel are and what they do. This will also ensure that we meet with our insurance obligations and are able to capture any details that are required with regards to the Disclosing and Barring Service.

The work of volunteers is critical to much of what we achieve, and as such we are also working on measures to ensure that they are rewarded and feel valued at all times. There will also be a volunteer recruitment drive in the coming months to help us deliver many of the initiatives that are being devised in the Community Engagement Plan.

JUNIOR DRAGONS UPDATE

As reported in the last news briefing the administration and organisation of the Junior Dragons now comes under the remit of the Trust's Community Group. The change has not come without a number of administrative issues to resolve, a major one being the cross referencing to ensure that we have an accurate database of members.

There will be a number of events for the Junior Dragons to participate in this coming year. The first of which is an Easter Treasure Hunt, and meet the players at Colliers Park on Thursday 24th April, followed by a trip to the National Football Museum and another venue, still to be confirmed, in Manchester on Wednesday 28th May. Full details of both events will be emailed or posted to members, as appropriate, very shortly.

Anyone with queries in regards to the JD's can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SHOPPING ONLINE

Shop through 'easyfundraising' and you can raise money for Wrexham Supporter Trust. There are thousands of retailers to choose from including Tesco, Amazon and M&S. Each and every one of us can help raise money by simply shopping.

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The more you shop on here the more you can help YOUR Football 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.

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