Wrexham captain Dean Keates has been instrumental in persuading his teammates to follow his lead and become members of WST. ¢‚¬Å“Im delighted the lads have decided to join the Trust,¢‚¬ he says, ¢‚¬Å“The fans helped us financially in the bad times when the players wages werent being paid before The Trust took control last December. The players all really appreciated their efforts and the least we can do is to make our own contribution to what we hope will be a much brighter future for this great club.¢‚¬
Sky Sports reporter and lifelong Wrexham fan, Bryn Law, is the Trusts President. Hes welcomed the news that all the players will be joining him as members, ¢‚¬Å“This is a brilliant gesture by the players. It feels great going along to the Racecourse anyway these days, knowing that every penny we put in as fans is being used for the good of the club. Now we know that the players on the pitch share our vision of a self-sufficient, successful club that truly represents the community. As foreign ownership becomes ever more common at the highest level of the game, further down the ladder Im so proud that we are all in it together, fans, players, management. Were all in it together, a proper United club! Hopefully many more fans will now do what the players have done and join The Trust. The more members we have, the more money the manager has to spend.¢‚¬
Trust membership costs as little as £12 a year, and the WST recently launched a successful Community Shares Scheme that has seen supporters obtaining shares in the club for a minimum investment of £100.
Wrexham Supporters Trust has been in existence for ten years. It was established initially to provide funds to help the club through financial hardships but soon broadened its ambitions to one day taking control of the club, an ambition it finally achieved at the end of 2011 and in the process has raised almost £750,000 to support this achievement.
Its recently been established that Wrexham FC played its first game in 1864, making it one of the oldest clubs in the world.