Football Club Board
Since taking over the running of Wrexham Football Club it has an extremely busy few weeks for all concerned. We were pleased to give a members update at our first members meeting as a Football Club.
At the meeting we were pleased to introduce to the membership our three new non-executive Football Club Board members to give us a total of six directors.
Along with Trust Board members Gavin Jones, Mark Williams and Spencer Harris, we now have former Wrexham, Portsmouth, Southampton and Everton player and PFA Chairman Barry Horne as our Football Advisor. Don Bircham who is area manager of a top travel agency and whose `Just Go' travel company are a former shirt sponsor of the club. Finally, we have Alan Watkin, who having retired earlier this year as Chief Libraries, Leisure and Culture Officer in Wrexham County Borough Council, brings on a wealth of experience in community knowledge of schemes and grants available. We wish them all well.
The members meeting also saw Trust Chairman Richard Owen step down from that position, due to family and work commitments. Richard thankfully has agreed to stay on the board, and give his help and advice where needed. I'd like to thank Richard for all the hard work he has put into making Wrexham Football Club become a new member of the Trust run clubs.
Our Vice-Chairman Peter Jones will be stepping up to take over Richard's role.
Another goodbye at the meeting was that of our Chief Executive Richard Green.
Richard had come on board to help us take over the club, and put it on the road to recovery. After making a very good impression, and having done some extremely hard work, especially in striking up a working relationship with Glyndwr,
Richard felt that it was the right time to step down due to a ongoing health problem, and a family commitment that would have taken him away for three months in the New Year. Richard remains a staunch member of WST, and wishes us all well in our attempt to make Wrexham Football Club a secure and sustainable football club.
The Wrexham Football Club Board quickly set out to replace Richard Green, and following interviews with suitable candidates, had no hesitation in appointing David Roberts as the new Chief Executive of Wrexham Football Club.
David is a chartered accountant and is a lifelong fan of the club, and has a wealth of business experience in the private sector including previously being Finance Director of a multi-million pound private equity backed group in the North West of England.
He is a lifelong Wrexham fan, and a familiar face around the Racecourse, and until recently programme editor for 26 years. He has since been operating as the clubs match day press officer. Of his appointment David said: "I will not hold any form of directorship, but will be reporting to the football club board on business activities in the club. My main aim is to bring credibility to Wrexham football club".
We were very pleased with the turn out of the members meeting held at the Centenary Club on Monday 5th December. Football Club and Trust Board member Spencer Harris gave an extensive update of the events that have taken place in our take over of Wrexham Football Club, and what will be required going forward for the club to become secure and sustainable.
The following is a summary of the main points of the Members meeting
1. The deal for Wrexham FC
We have purchased the business, trade, and assets used by Wrexham 2006 Ltd ( ¢‚¬Å“the Seller¢‚¬) in the business of Wrexham Football Club
· Our original plan had been to take only those liabilities we choose to accept for Wrexham AFC
Limited (the new company). Unfortunately the FA requirement is that you cannot just abandon Creditors in the old company
· We have, therefore, had to create a structure in which we accept liabilities but add a layer of protection in the form of guarantees from the previous owner.
The liabilities have been broadly divided into a number of categories:
1. Ordinary trade creditors (Wrexham AFC Ltd)
2. A loan repayable by Wrexham FC to Ian Roberts (Wrexham AFC Ltd)
3. Corporation Tax / explicit claims (Previous owner)
4. Supporters Loan / 2 other loans / WEPRE all to be repaid from the conference bond when returned (Previous owner)
5. Other unknown liabilities - (Wrexham AFC Ltd) however the previous owner has warranted there are none and has guaranteed up to £100k
To claim under the guarantee we have to have aggregate claims of over £500 each aggregating at least £10K and the maximum we can claim is £100K
· Diligent investigation has been conducted to reduce any risk of liability for a claim in excess of £100k
2. Governance & People
What is governance and why is it important?
Governance is the systems and processes concerned with Ensuring the overall direction, supervision and accountability of an organisation. By getting governance right at the Club, it will have many advantages including:
· Maximising the resources and goodwill shown towards the Club from the supporters and community
· Effectively making decisions in a timely fashion
· Not allowing strategic decisions to be overlooked under the pressures of running a football Club
· Not being completely reliant on a small, closed off number of people
· Clear roles and accountability
· Spotting problems early before they escalate
· A feeling that we are all in this together and striving for the same Outcome
· Plan until end of season
· Focus Volunteering
· Review & stabilise business
· Get membership approval for Governance
· Strategic Direction from WST Board
· Register New Company (WAFC)
· Appoint interim WAFC Board to include: (Commercial, Football & Local Government knowledge)
· Review operations of WAFC
· Red Army volunteering
· Ensure financial controls & budgeting in place
· Finalise Governance
· Commercial revenue plan in place
· 12 to 36 month plan
· Implement Governance
· Feel Volunteering impact
· Feel Commercial impact
· Communication with fans a priority
· Implement Governance proposals
· Finances under control
· Commercial Revenue improved
· Financial Stability for Wrexham FC
· Formalise Governance & communications back to WST Board & WST Membership
· 1st year plan of activities for board approval
· Generate Reports (Quarterly / Annual)
· Generate Monthly communication Briefings
Draft Strategic Direction from WST Board 2011/12
1.Ensure that Wrexham FC survives financially to complete season 2011/12
2. Work with WST Board to have in place a successful, sustainable business plan for 2012/13 by April 2012
3. Make every effort, within budget, to support the teams quest for a return to the football league this season
4. Ensure Wrexham FC functions as a legally compliant business
5. Ensure transparency of costs & decisions rationale to WST board and (where not commercially sensitive) to members and fans
6. Success & Finances
Vision for Wrexham AFC
· Football - Playing football at the highest level possible
· Finance - Running a sustainable business so that the club survives for this and future generations of supporters
- Ensuring that expenditure does not exceed income.
Community - A community orientated and values driven business that is an attractive proposition for the people and businesses of North Wales to want to support and be a part of
Current Business Performance
- Challenging at the top of the Blue Square
- Great team spirit
- Limited (unpublicised) community engagement
- Will lose in excess of £500,000 this season alone
- Limited Commercial income
- Legal compliance?
- If we do not change as a business we WILL die
The business case for change starts with Finance
How can we balance the books this season?
· Injection of cash by WST of £610k from:
- cash reserves
- Red or Dead initiative (vital)
- Commercial income of £113k
- Football crowds (3,100) £182k
- Reducing costs (tbc)
This income is by no means guaranteed
If we get there, in season 2012/13 the club will have to live to its means. At this point we believe we are more than £100k short of what we need to finish the season (including the cup run) œ Red or Dead is vital
The Budget - Partnership with Glyndwr University
· Wrexham AFC Responsibilities
- Paying Glyndwr a facility fee for use of the Racecourse and Colliers Park, which will contribute to the rates, utility and maintenance costs (currently under negotiation)
- Paying Glyndwr a set cost for the provision of food based on the number of people attending the Racecourse on matchdays (provisionally agreed)
- Selling match and match ball sponsorship along with executive Boxes and matchday food from the hospitality area
Glyndwr University Responsibilities
- Payment of all rates, utility, maintenance and staff costs associated with the Racecourse and Colliers Park
- Purchasing and selling food and drink sold in the hospitality areas, matchday kiosks and bars
What can you do to help?
- Turn up at the Racecourse and bring a friend
- Sponsor a game, match-ball or a player / persuade your employer to do so
- Persuade people to join the WST (only 40% of crowd are members)
- Sell Red or Dead Christmas raffle tickets
- Join the Gold Bond scheme
- Organise a fundraising event, several of these recently have been a big help
- Buy merchandise *when available*
- Buy a Community share (only £35k currently, we forecast £250k)
The Trust are continuing to work with Supporters Direct to produce a detailed share proposal and detailed terms, which will be issued at the launch of the Share Offer early in the New Year. For further information, including FAQ's, please visit our website: www.wst.org.uk or call Ben Shave at Cobbetts on 0207273 1937 between 10am and 5pm or e-mail: ...
Our fundraising efforts continue, with the Christmas Raffle being our big fund-raiser at present. If you haven't yet sold your tickets then please do so and return them this Saturday at the Gateshead game or the Telford game on New Years Day before the match.
We would ask that every member push the boat out to help make Wrexham FC the sustainable football club we crave for by playing your part in selling the tickets sent to you.
We need this to be a bigger fund-raiser than the Snowdon walk, because it really is part of the `Red or Dead' campaign to secure the survival of Wrexham FC.
Please do not cast these tickets aside. We need YOU to play your part in selling these tickets to family and friends.
As you can see from the prizes below we've really pushed the boat out this time by having some true Christmas cracker prizes!
The full list of prizes is:
1st Prize: Mediterranean Cruise for Two with First Choice (Subject to terms and conditions)
2nd Prize: An Executive Box for Ten people at the Wrexham v. Bath City match on Saturday 28th January 2012.
3rd Prize: Two tickets for Manchester City v. Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 22nd January 2012
4th Prize: Two tickets for Liverpool v. Stoke City on Saturday 14th January 2012
Signed Wrexham AFC shirt
Four Director's Box tickets for a Wrexham home game
Mobile phone car kit donated by Brian Hayes Autoelectrics.
Meal for two at the Holt Lodge
Meal for two at the Alyn, Rossett
Meal for two at the Druid, Pontblyddyn
Signed copy of Joey Jones Autobiography
Signed copy of Dixie McNeil's autobiography
Two tickets for the King and I donated by Venue Cymru
2011/12 signed Wales shirt
Two tickets for the Snow White Pantomime donated by Rhyl Pavilion
HP Deskjet 2050 Special Edition Printer donated by Richard Owen
Bottle of Glenlivet 12 year old Scotch Whisky donated by Tony Williams
Christmas Hamper donated by Stans Superstore
Hair voucher for The Hair Lounge in Rossett
Family ticket for the stadium and museum tour at Old Trafford
Bottle of whisky donated by Paul Parry
Jack Daniel's Gift Box donated by Paul Parry
£20 voucher for Colour Supplies
Half Car Valet to value £17 from Arc Car Wash HighTown
Complimentary Cut and Finish at the Hair Lounge Rossett
Football Manager 2012 (For PC)
Bottle of Vodka donated by Chris Wright
All tickets need to be returned to the Trust Shop, by 1st January 2011 when the draw will take place after the match with AFC Telford United in the Centenary Club.
If you are able to sell more books then please let us know, or call into the Trust Shop next to the Turf to collect them.
Please keep calling into the Trust Shop to look at our merchandise items, which are now changing match by match. It's only small premises, so please bear with us. If you've seen something you like and we haven't got it in stock then please ask, and we will order it for you.
The Saturday Stall have been giving there time up every Saturday to raise funds for the Trust, and there enthusiasm can only be applauded. Well done to each and every one of you. You know who you are.
20th Anniversary of Arsenal Reunion
We know we have an important FA Cup match at Brighton the day before, but the 20th Anniversary of the match with the then Football League champions, Arsenal will forever live in the memory of those present.
The reunion will be taking place at the Bamford Suite on Sunday 8th January starting at 1pm for 1.30pm. It is hoped that has many players as possible from the Wrexham team that beat Arsenal will be in attendance to reminisce that famous day in our history when we, bottom of the Football League, beat the Football League champions.
We can confirm that the manager of that memorable team Brian Flynn will be in attendance as will the scorers of both goals, Mickey Thomas and Steve Watkin, plus many more of the team.
2011-12 Wrexham FC Yearbook
The ideal Christmas present! This is the sixth volume of C'mon The Town, the Wrexham yearbook sponsored by the Leader and proudly published by the Wrexham Supporters Trust. The book, priced at £11.95 is being released this coming Saturday and will be available from the old Dickens Garage or from the Trust Shop.
Back issues of the book are available from the Trust shop priced at just £5 each! Why not try and collect the full set!
It was touch and go whether this book would ever hit the shelves but due to the hard work and determination of those involved, the book this year will include 17 pages on the timeline of events from January 2011 until the takeover of the club by the Supporters Trust on Wednesday 30th November 2011, which makes interesting reading for all.
Please make every effort to purchase this book, and support the efforts of those who make it possible. You can purchase it on line at www.wst.org.uk or you can send a cheque for £13.95 (including postage) payable to; 'Wrexham Supporters Trust' PO Box 2200, Wrexham, LL12 9WG
Thank you to everyone who has responded to joining the Gold Bond. If you haven't yet joined then either fill in the form that was sent to you, or collect an application form from the Club Offices or from the Trust Shop on match Days.
We are pleased to announce the re-launch of the Wrexham FC Junior Dragons Supporters Group for children aged from three to eleven.
To start the group off a Christmas Party has been organised at the Centenary Club on Wednesday 21st December 2011 from 1pm until 4pm.
Cost of joining the Junior Dragons is just £5, but we guarantee that the Junior Dragons will receive every penny of this, and more, back during the course of the season in the form of goodies. One of these many benefits is a free ticket to the Christmas Party, that includes a disco with buffet; an appearance by Wrex The Dragon and Santa; as well as the players themselves who will sign autographs and have pictures taken with the young fans. Please don't delay, join today!
Membership forms can be obtained on line or from the Club Offices under the Yale Stand, or the Trust Shop on Match Days. You will receive your free Christmas Party ticket upon return of your membership form with the correct admittance.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who are CRB certificated. Non certified are welcome to apply to volunteer but currently will be unable to help at Christmas event.
CRB check forms will be filled out by volunteers. As a teacher I am aware that individual ones are needed for each organisation - I currently have seven.
However upon checking with the CRB people, currently CRB checked individuals will be able to help at the Christmas party, it will cover in the interim period until they are returned by the CRB people
We are awaiting a meeting with Glyndwr University for the Disabled section to progress. We are hopeful that membership and full details will made available in the New Year, with a new Wrexham FC disabled policy being put in place.
Football Club News
Bamfords/Exec Box package:
Each matchday meals are available in the Bamford suite for £9.95 per head, which is usually a one course carvery.
For an unforgettable day out seats can be added in the Executive Box for £34.95 per head (£32.50 for evening matches) , including your pre-match meal
This season we are offering the opportunity to sponsor a player home or away for £200 + VAT. For this you will receive acknowledgement in each match programme on the sponsors page under your chosen player's photo and on the electronic scoreboard, and this can either be in your own name or if you prefer in your company name's name or website address. You will also receive a Wrexham shirt signed by the player at the end of the season.
There are some players still available to be sponsored:
Joslain Mayebi away
Declan Walker away
Steve Tomassen home & away
Chris Westwood away
Joe Clarke away
Glen Little away
Obi Anorou home & away
Danny Ward away
We offer three different options with respect to Executive Box hire.
Option 1) Price: £500 (+ Vat @ current rate)
This package is inclusive of:
Provision for 10 x people
Three (3) Course Meal (x 10)
Complimentary Matchday Programmes (x 10)
Pre-Match Teams sheets.
'In Suite' Sky Sports Television
Drinks / Beverages. These can be purchased via the hospitality staff in
attendance from the Bar.
Option 2) Price: £400 (+Vat @ the current rate)
This package is inclusive of:
As option 1 above, but replacing the 3 x Course Meal with a 'Hot Fork Buffet'.
(eg. Lasagne's / Shepherds Pie etc....).
Option 3) Price: £300 (+Vat @ the current rate)
This package is inclusive of:
As options 1 & 2, minus Meal.
Available games are:
Hayes & Yeading BQ Bet Premier Saturday 18/02/2012
Barrow BQ Bet Premier Saturday 10/03/2012
Forest Green Rovers BQ Bet Premier Saturday 24/03/2012
Alfreton Town BQ Bet Premier Saturday 07/04/2012
Match Sponsorship is available for £700 (+Vat @ the current rate). We believe that our Match Sponsorship is an excellent package and would certainly be a memorable day for you and your guests.
This cost is inclusive of:
Provision for 10 Guests
Superb meal in the Bamfords Suite for ten people.
Reserved seating the Yale Stand Executive area.
Half time beverages
Complimentary match programmes for ten
Invitation to choose the "Man of the Match" award - to be presented in Bamford
Suite following the game.
Additional Guests are welcome and can be accommodated at £50 / person (+Vat)
Available games are:
Gateshead BQ Bet Premier Saturday 17/12/2011
Kettering Town BQ Bet Premier Saturday 21/01/2012
Bath City BQ Bet Premier Saturday 28/01/2012
Luton Town BQ Bet Premier Tuesday 06/03/2012
Forest Green Rovers BQ Bet Premier Saturday 24/03/2012
Alfreton Town BQ Bet Premier Saturday 07/04/2012
Grimsby Town BQ Bet Premier Saturday 14/04/2012
Braintree Town BQ Bet Premier Saturday 28/04/2012
Match Ball Sponsorship is available for £280 (+Vat @ current rate).
This price is inclusive of:
Provision for 4 Guests.
Carvery in the Bamfords Suite (x4)
Reserved seating in the Yale Stand Executive Area (x4)
Half Time Beverages.
Additional guests are welcome at £50 / head (+ Vat).
New Shirt Sponsor
At the recent members meeting we were pleased to announce a new shirt sponsor to replace Greene King. Glyndwr University have once again come up trumps, and agreed a deal in having their name emblazoned across the players' shirts, and show that the organisation is right behind Wrexham Supporters Trust in making Wrexham Football Club a true community owned football club.
We were hopeful that the football club will have the red replica shirts on sale this coming Wednesday.
Please check the club web site for full details.
The cost of the shirts are adults £36 and kids £30.
Tickets for the FA Cup third round match at Brighton and Hove Albion will also be on sale at the same time and same place as the shirts œ the old Dickens garage*.
Ticket prices for the away section in the South Stand are:
Under 18 £7.20
Under 16 £3.60 (accompanied by an adult)
Under 10 £1.80
A Thank You
Wrexham Supporters Trust would like to take this opportunity in thanking both 'Universal Builders' and 'The Computer Specialists' for fitting out a room at the Racecourse with computers; monitors and chairs for the club's telesales team to begin work in the new year.
Everyone on both the Football Club Board and on the Board of the Supporters' Trust would like to wish Trust members, Wrexham fans and football fans everywhere a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let's hope 2012 is then start of a new and successful era in the history of Wrexham Football Club.