Wrexham Football Club celebrates 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. Its 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.
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 organising a number of events to promote the club's history throughout 2014 and the 2014-15 football season. The events will be organised by the Supporters Trust, the Racecourse Community Foundation, who are an Accredited Fun Football provider in Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire, and Wrexham Museum.
Throughout the celebrations we are looking to establish an on-line archive, adding photographs and other historic documents to the project. These would be collected from the community, from existing local archives and from the club itself. We were looking for the on-line archive to include 'stories' and education packs explaining and exploring the place of the club in the local community's heritage, and how the club has grown alongside the economic growth in not only the Wrexham area, but in Wales from the late 1800s to where we are today, thus reflecting on not just the importance of football in local heritage, but also the whole history of the wider community over that period.
Wrexham FC has played an important role in the wider community of Wrexham and North Wales. This role ranges from being an important part of the external image of Wrexham to dominating the leisure lives of many residents of the town and local community. The club has evolved with Wrexham itself, being affected by changes in the local economy, residential and travel patterns and the nature and demands of family life.
Looking at the club's 150 year history provides an opportunity for people to reflect through the oral history on not just the importance of football in local heritage, but also the whole history and economic growth of the wider community over that period.
Since November 2011, Wrexham FC has been owned 100% by its fans, with every Supporters Trust member owning the one share in the not for profit club, whilst voting on how our club is run, giving a greater level of accountability and delivery of democratic representation.
The already organised 150th Anniversary committee includes members from Wrexham Council (including Museum); Glyndwr University; Coleg Cambria; RCF; supporters groups; and former players to put together events to celebrate our anniversary. The committee are also looking to raise the awareness and understanding of our heritage to make a difference in enabling it to flourish; maximise contributions from supporters and visitors of all ages; and play a full role in strengthening our communities, whilst ensuring our heritage is conserved for the benefit of future generations.
Mae Clwb Pêl-droed Wrecsam yn dathlu ei benblwydd yn 150 mlwydd oed yn 2014, wedi’r clwb gael ei ffurfio yng Ngwesty’r Turf ar 4ydd Hydref 1864 gan aelodau Clwb Criced Sir Ddinbych.