Peter JONES -Candidate Statement
My name is Peter Jones I am 55 years-old, and have been a Wrexham supporter since my father took me to the Racecourse in the 1960s. I helped out as a programme seller in the 1970s; and was a programme contributor for over 25 years; and wrote many books on Wrexham Football Club, including editing the club yearbook.
I have been involved with Wrexham Supporters’ organisations in raising funds for Wrexham Football Club since September 1994 when I was a founder member of the Shropshire Reds Supporters group before becoming a co-opted Board member of Wrexham Supporters Trust in 2004 following the discovery that the Racecourse Ground had been sold to property developers. I was elected to the board in June 2004.
Since that time I have been involved with helping the Supporters’ Trust to highlight the ground and club’s plight, as well as leading the fundraising group in helping the Trust to raise over £800,000, part of which was eventually used in securing the purchase of the football club as a fan owned club in November 2011.
Having served as Vice-Chairman of the Supporters’ Trust since 2008, I have now proudly served as Chairman of the Supporters’ Trust since WST became the first ever Supporters’ Trust to take over a professional Football Club as a going concern in 2011, a transaction that I was proud to be involved with. I fully endorse fan ownership and believe that this is the best way forward for the sustainability of the club for future generations.
Having cleared the inherited debt from when we took over; we have since worked to give our managers the best playing budget we can provide each season.
Last July we agreed a 99-year lease on the Racecourse Ground with Glyndwr University, and the My Racecourse initiative is now beginning to bear fruit with the two concerts on Cae Ras this summer. As a board we have always looked to feasibly improve on the work that we do, but never resting on our laurels, as we always look to do better, which we do by listening to our members, debating and making a decision.
Having been available to meet fans in the Trust Shop next to the Turf for the past five years and answer questions, I can now be found in the 1864 suite before the game using my knowledge as historian of Wrexham AFC to interview former players, which has been a great success this season.
Having worked for NHS the past 30 months, I have just returned to work for the Civil Service, who I had previously served for 31 years. My spare time sees me committed to my role on the Trust Board and fully appreciate my role and responsibilities of not only being a Trust Board member, but also that of Chairman, and I continue to help and promote Wrexham AFC as a fan owned club, spreading the good name of the club around the football family.
With your help I continue to look forward to playing my part in helping this football club return to where we belong - The Football League, and in 'Dean We Trust'.
Nominated by Brian Davies and Bryn Jones