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WST Members Meeting Monday, March 18th Report

wstsmallestycwsmallest"A well attended members meeting held last night at the Bamford Suite enjoyed an interesting and entertaining question and answer session with defender Neil Ashton.

Quizzed by Trust chairman Peter Jones, Neil entertained the meeting with stories from his time in youth football in his native Liverpool as well as his career to date with Shrewsbury, Macclesfield , Chester and of course Wrexham.

Having already played twice at Wembley Neil was hoping to make it third time lucky on Sunday.

He provided an insight into what life as a professional footballer in the lower leagues was like and how he had battled back from serious injury with the help of the backroom staff at Wrexham. What shone through was Neil's drive and determination, his passion for the game (and the club) how Wrexham supporters had lifted the team and the importance of getting behind the players at this crucial stage of the season.

With perfect timing, Peter's interview with Sky Sports News appeared on the TV screens just as he was interviewing Neil who was a great guest and whose attendance was much appreciated by the members.

The second half of the meeting consisted of a question and answer session with the Trust Board with the forthcoming Wembley trip being uppermost in people's minds.

Peter praised the fantastic efforts of those volunteers who had worked wonders manning the Eagles Meadow shop, helping out at the club shop, Queens Square and also the stall at Asda. Merchandise was flying off the shelves.

Peter thanked Anita Robinson for organising the volunteers and Anita in turn thanked all those who had responded and in particular commended the huge contribution of Mike Dean at Eagles Meadow.

Peter explained the reasoning behind the Clubs decision not to sell tickets at the Racecourse. The fact that over 17,000 Wrexham fans had bought tickets showed that the decision had been the right one.

Over 80 official coaches had been filled and Peter thanked Pats Coaches for their efforts with this and also Steve Cook's vital contribution to the sales of the merchandise.

The meeting gave a round of applause to Peter for his leadership of the organisation during a very hectic but enjoyable time in the history of the Trust and Club.

In turn Peter said that it was very much a team effort.

It was hoped that we would see an increase in membership and new forms ("Wrexham is for life not just for Wembley") would be available on the coaches travelling down.   Peter reassured the meeting that the fact we were a fans owned club did not add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy when it came to decision making. The manager was free to use the budget provided to him as he wished and decisions (for example on signing players) could be taken quickly.

Mark Williams, the Clubs Financial Director, explained that the Club continued to review every aspect of the business to ensure our long term sustainability.

In reply to questions about the condition of the pitch he explained that this was the responsibility of Glyndwr but the Club (and the manager) had explained the need for a better playing surface and it was hoped that some measures could be taken to improve things in the close season.

He explained that the special train to Wembley from Wrexham was nothing to do with the Club who had decided to concentrate on coach travel.

Wembley preparations had taken over in recent weeks but obviously the Club continued to plan for the future (e.g. the new contract for Jay Harris). Mark explained that the plans for the development of the club shop had been delayed by the asbestos issue and would now be put back to the close season. He explained how the work would eventually improve the experience of fans on match days and there would be five terminals in the shop compared to the current one.

The Trust Board gave brief updates about their work.

The AGM was to be held on 27 June and there were five vacancies to be filled. Details of how to nominate candidates and the election process as well as resolutions would be provided in due course.

The raffle (of a Joe Clarke home shirt) was won by Paul Jones.

The meeting ended at 21:50 PM.

Alan Fox   WST Society Secretary"

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