Sunday, 25 August 2013 10:20

Football fans' delight at becoming club directors for the day

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DFADTwo Wrexham fans who became "Directors for the day" have thanked the Wrexham Supporters' Trust for a great experience.

Gareth Williams, from Chester but originally from Llandudno, and Jeff  Wheeler, of Corwen, are both WST members and the Trust selected them in a random draw of members to become directors for the day as part of a new initiative this season.

Gareth has been a steward in the Mold Road Stand for the past 16 years and said he enjoyed the different perspective: "I would like to thank Jenny and the WST for looking after both myself and Jeff for the day. They really made us feel at ease from the first moment to the last.

 "I must admit to being a little nervous at first but everyone involved made us welcome.  I would also like to thank the hard-working committee members of the WST for making the day possible.

 "I really appreciate the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, too many supporters take it for granted. What they forget is that everyone involved give their time free and put numerous hours in to the various roles."

 "The day itself was a great experience. I enjoyed the chat with Barry Horne and also with Geoff Scott (WST). I am sure all future lucky winners in the draw will treasure the day as I did. It's a great idea to let the supporters get closer to behind-the-scene involvement of running a football club."

Jeff is a huge Wales fan as well as Wrexham and follows them round the world. When contacted by the WST's Jenny Cantwell to tell him he would be in the directors' box for the Welling game, he thought it was a wind up from one of his mates. 

Both are Welsh speakers and were delighted that S4C were at the ground to film as part of a documentary about the club and Wrexham as a whole. Both were interviewed as part of the programme and Geoff said: "It was quite ironic that both myself and Jeff were Welsh speakers. I hope the interview we did makes good listening for someone in the future."

Jenny Cantwell said: "This is a new benefit for our members this season. We want to ensure that as many WST members as possible share the experience of being directors for the day and get to mingle with the board before and after the game as well as sit in the directors' box. As we're a community-run club, it's only right that as many of our members as possible are part of this experienced and we'll be continuing to draw members' names out of the hat for every home game."