John Mills

John Mills

Q&A with Bryn Law put back a week...

wst articleWe are sorry to report that we are having to rearrange the date and venue for our upcoming Members’ meeting from next Monday, 7 December to the following Monday, 14 December. 

This is due to our guest Bryn Law's publishers not being able to deliver his new book in time for the original date. 

The rearranged meeting will take place at 7.30pm in the Centenary Club, when the first half of the evening will be a Q&A with Bryn, our Trust President. 

This will then be followed with our usual members’ meeting Q&A with the Trust and Football Club Board members present. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may caus

JS77548272We were delighted to win the prestigious North Wales community business of the year award at last night's Daily Post Business Awards for 2015, sponsored by Welsh Government. Our award was also sponsored by Horizon Nuclear Power.

This is important recognition of the hard work by all our volunteers, and the important economic and social contribution that Wrexham AFC makes to communities right across our region.

We were nominated alongwith two excellent social enterprises BookOfYou and Vi-Ability, and so were especially pleased to have won amongst such strong competition.

Our submission focussed on what makes Wrexham AFC almost unique - our supporter-owned model coupled with our approach to running the Club in the "right way", and the volunteers we empower to put things back into our local communities.

WIN 20151126 225031We highlighted examples of this pioneering work such as being the first club in the UK to run an autism-friendly football match, our work on improving facilities for disabled fans, the work the Club does via the RCF on inclusion, literacy and numeracy, our commitment to become dementia friendly as a Club and as a venue.

Peter Jones, Chairman of the Wrexham Supporters Trust said "This award is for all Wrexham fans who have worked tirelessly to not only save our club but take it on and turnaround our off the field financial deficit to now being run sustainably."

"In three days time we celebrate four years as a fan owned club and we should all be proud of what we have achieved in that time. All we need now is for Gary Mills and his team to take us to the next level where we all went to be."

"As fans we need us ALL, if you haven't already, to jump on board and be part of our future success and proudly sign up to be a club owner by joining WST.

C'mon Wrexham!"

You can read our whole submission here:  DP Awards Submission (3mb pdf)

You can read all about the evening and all the winners on the Daily Post website here.

2e6c57ef 4031 43d6 b0ae 002347d306f6Our next Club Members meeting will be held on Monday 7th December, from 7.30pm at the Football Club.

As well as the usual Q&A session with the Trust Governing Body and the Football Club Operational Board, we will have WST President Bryn Law as our special guest. He will be signing copies of his new book 'Zombie Nation' for fans on the night too.

More details on the venue will be forthcoming shortly.

lomax 480178 2644859 478x359We were saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Lomax who died on 2nd November.

He was the inspiration of the supporters trust movement and founded the very first Supporters Trust - Northampton Town Supporters Trust (NTST) in 1992. How ironic that Northampton could have do with a strong Supporters Trust today.

He went on to help found Supporters Direct - the umbrella organisation representing other trusts run by fans. I've met Brian at a number of SD football Summit's/AGM's. Strong in character he was a lovely guy who just loved his football and so proud of the Supporters Direct initiative.

The following tributes have been made to Brian; Supporters Direct said his role in "changing the way football is run" led to him getting an OBE in 2009.

Ant Collett, who joined NTST soon after it was established, said: "Brian set it up to raise money, initially to try and save the club from going under and then to try and get representation on the board of the football club, which he achieved.

"It served as an inspiration for other clubs' supporters to set up trusts."

'Experience and warmth'

A statement from the Supporters Direct board said: "His pioneering approach led to the Football Task Force report in 1999 recommending the widespread establishment of supporters trusts to replicate his work.

"Brian's skills, experience and warmth have been at the heart of our movement, and in him, we had our truly inspirational founding father.

"His legacy will live on."

Mr Lomax was the first managing director of Supporters Direct and stepped down as its chairman in 2009.

He also served as a Liberal Democrat councillor on Daventry District Council.

Andy Burnham MP, the defeated Labour Party leadership candidate, tweeted: "Devastated to hear my great friend Brian Lomax has died.

"What a loss but what a legacy."

The NTST is currently involved in fundraising to solve The Cobblers' latest financial crisis and it is in discussion with Northampton Borough Council and a consortium proposing to buy the club.

"I'm sure it would have saddened Brian that we're back in a similar situation," said Mr Collett.

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