We know we say it every time, but there is always a lot to update the membership on, and we want to keep you informed as much as we can. All information is significant to the running of Wrexham Football Club of which YOU are an owner. It is important that you read it all.
MEMBERS MEETING – MONDAY 30th SEPTEMBER
Wrexham Supporters Trust will be holding a members meeting on Monday 30th September 2013 at the Wrexham Lager Club starting at 7.30pm when we will have the newly appointed Wrexham Football Club President Dixie McNeil as our guest, which will be followed by our usual business meeting for members, when as always you can ask or put your questions to the Trust Board, who on this occasion will also have the club CEO Don Bircham alongside them.
DRAGONHEART! – CALON FM PRESENTERS WANTED!
In conjunction with Calon FM, Wrexham Supporters Trust are looking to relaunch the Calon FM Radio football show for Wrexham fans called ‘Dragonheart’. With this in mind we are looking for a team of potential Radio presenters to attend a course which will start on Tuesday 8th October, and every Tuesday thereafter for four weeks, starting at 6pm until 8pm.
The show was on the airwaves on a Saturday from 1pm to 2pm previously, but we have now been given a slot from 4pm to 5pm on a Friday. If you were working then you would be able to listen to the show later that evening through the ‘Listen Again’ feature on the Calon FM web site.
The training is to provide a good base knowledge of how it all works. In the past, the show was put together by a team of presenters, and its with this in mind that we have reserved ten places for any WST member who would be interested in volunteering there time.
We will be looking for the to have a solid structure of features etc, with a mixture of chat and music, with interviews with both Football Club and Trust Board members; players etc. with the opportunity to email your questions to the following weeks guests to answer.
If you work full time, then it’s not a problem, as we will be looking to pre record the show at a time that suits everyone. Calon FM have a new second studio where we can pre record shows as if they were live - just without the pressure! This also means that if people have conflicting schedules week on week, the day and time of the recording can vary, but the show will be played out live at the same time each week.
TRUST BOARD MEMBER RESIGNS
The Board of Wrexham Supporters Trust are sorry to announce that Marc Jones, our co-opted board member for Media and Publicity has decided to step down from the position. Marc has been heavily involved in the Welsh community pub Saith Seren in the Town, and with further projects undertaken, as well as his own work commitments, he has found he is unable to commit fully to his Trust Board and publicity duties. It was with deep regret that the Trust Board accepted Marc’s resignation, and we wish him well with his project at Seren Saith.
THE TRUST BOARD VACANCY FOR A MEDIA AND PUBLICITY BOARD MEMBER
There are still some outstanding membership cards to be sent out; apologies if you are still waiting and please be reassured your card would be with you shortly.
This season we saw the launch of a new WST initiative “Director for the Day” where two WST members are randomly drawn for each home game and invited to spend the match in the Directors box and the club Boardroom. So far this has proved extremely successful and we have received very positive feedback from all the members who have been part of this match day experience. Members have met with club and Trust Directors as well as former and current players and Directors from opposing teams. They have been able to see exactly how things work behind the scenes on Match day from a Directors perspective as well as a lot of the unseen hard work that goes on. Further details about member’s experiences as “Director for the Day” are available on the WST website.
We are continuing to look at membership benefits and hope to soon increase the benefits of being a WST member.
150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014-15
Next year Wrexham Football Club will celebrate its 150th Anniversary, making it the oldest football club in Wales, and the third oldest professional football club in the World. We will be looking to not only celebrate this milestone in 2014, but also during the 2014-15 season.
With this in mind a committee has been formed that includes representatives of the following organisations:
* The Club Board * The Trust Board
* The Racecourse Community Foundation * The Players themselves
* Wrexham County Borough Council * Glyndwr University
* Wrexham Supporters Federation * The Former Players Association
* Coleg Cambria
They are already working to put together a number of events to celebrate the occasion in style, and will want you the members to have as much input as possible in the events being organised.
In accordance with the policy agreed by members at the AGM in June, the Trust Board nominated former player and manager Dixie McNeil for the position of Club President, and invited Members to ratify that nomination at the Members meeting on 17th August, at which it was announced that Dixie was unanimously voted as Club President.
The post (to be held for three years) is an honorary one without powers, but the Club President is an important ambassador who represents the Club in a variety of ways. The Trust Board are confident that Dixie has all the attributes to successfully carry out that role.
Dixie was a member of the greatest side in Wrexham’s history when his goals helped the club win the Third Division championship in 1977/78, and help the club to reach the quarter-finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup as well as winning the Welsh Cup that same season.
He later managed the club taking his team to the Fourth Division play-off final where we lost to Leyton Orient. He has remained a keen supporter of the club and still plays a huge part in representing Wrexham Football Club at many functions and on match days. He is also heavily involved in the Wrexham FC Former Players Association.
‘Directors for the Day’ at the Luton match would have been amongst the first to have set their eyes on the newly fitted and prominent Honours Boards on the walls of the Football Club’s Board room. With thanks to Glenton Taylor of Tailormade Joinery; Travis Perkins; and Excel Signs, all three combined to make the impressive acquisition.
There have been three Boards put in place. The first shows all the full internationals to date who have played international football whilst being a Wrexham player. The second shows every player since the mid 70s to date, to have been voted the Club’s Official ‘Player of the Season’, and ‘Young Player of the Season’.
Finally, the third board shows three lists. The centre one being of the clubs honours since its formation in 1864; a list of every manager to have managed the club since Charlie Hewitt became the first manager of the club in 1924. Prior to then the team was chosen by a Selection Committee. The third and final list shows our full league record to date, since first playing in the Combination League in 1890.
The Club Chief Executive Don Bircham states; “The Honours Boards are very impressive and give a sense of history to a club that next year celebrates its 150th Anniversary as the oldest club in Wales, and the third oldest professional football club in the World”.
SIGNED FA TROPHY FRAMED SHIRT RAFFLE WINNER
The lucky winner of the Limited Edition signed and framed FA Trophy Final football shirt that the Club raffled alongside the opening of our Eagles Meadow store was Mr. John Evans from Oswestry. We’d like to congratulate John, who says that the historic piece will take centre stage on his Grandsons wall.
The raffle raised over £1,050, which is a fantastic achievement, and we would like to thank everyone who bought a ticket.
With the arrival of Peter Howell, being co-opted onto the WST Board we have revamped the fundraising section of our structure, which now consists of Geoff Scott, Dave Jones and Peter Howell. We are actively seeking any ideas, big or small; that you think might help us raise some much-needed funds.
Remember, we are a Family Club, we own the Club, and so let’s grow our Family. We will be looking to have short regular meetings with the focus on developing our business not talking about it. We see lots of great ideas on Social Media so let’s start putting some of these into action. Maybe you can design a mug, a T-shirt, or have seen something elsewhere that would be successful.
WST CHARITABLE PARTNER SCHEME
We are proud to announce the launch of a charitable partner scheme, which is a Wrexham Supporters Trust initiative in conjunction with Wrexham Football Club. The scheme seeks to help raise the awareness and profile of four local charities each year through a combination of planned benefits that are intended to support our partner charities with their fundraising activities.
During the year of partnership, each charity will have access to the following benefits:
- Have permission to hold a bucket collection on a specified match day.
- Be allowed to use the WFC Club badge on their promotional materials.
- Have coverage of their fundraising events on the WST/Club websites.
- The donation of a players signed shirt and a signed football.
- By arrangement, the appearance by WFC player’s at a local fundraising event.
- The donation of match tickets for Wrexham FC home league games under the terms of the Wrexham Supporters Trust Community Share Offer.
The scheme will operate from August to July each year. This year’s nominated charities are: Air Ambulance Wales, Alzheimer’s Society, Autism Wishes and AVOW.
WREXHAM v WOKING SET TO BE THE COUNTRY’S FIRST ‘AUTISM-FRIENDLY MATCH’
When an enquiry from Autism Wishes came through to our Disabled Supporters Association seeking help in facilitating a match day visit for a group of youngsters with Autism, we were delighted to make sure it happened.
There are approximately 200 youngsters in the Wrexham area with Autism and with the good news spreading like wildfire; we are anticipating a group of at least 50 to attend the Racecourse on the 19th October to watch the Reds play against Woking. The group will have a section of the Mold Road Stand’s ‘Family Section’ set aside for them and will have the opportunity to visit the ground a couple of days beforehand to familiarise themselves with their surroundings and purchase their tickets.
Simon Johnson, a Wrexham season ticket holder and dad to Mollie, aged 10, who has autism, explained why the scheme was proving so popular:
“Like most families, we are always looking for fun activities to do together, but having a child with autism means it isn’t always easy to do things that most people take for granted, like attending football matches. Mollie, for example, would not always be able to tolerate new surroundings, particularly somewhere as loud and busy as a football ground. We are also extremely conscious of disturbing other people if we were at events, and so tend to avoid them. By giving us our own section of the ground where we will be seated with other families in the same boat we will feel much more comfortable and the pre-match visit will help many of the children who have issues adapting to new environments.
“I’ve seen and attended similar initiatives at cinemas across the country, but I believe that this is the first time a football club has done this. I would like to offer my thanks to WST, Autism Wishes and everyone at Wrexham Football Club for making this possible. It will mean a great deal to lots of families who have never had this chance before.
As of the end of August 2013, the Community Share Fund stands at £148,500 contributed by 322 members. The Trust Board has authorised spending of £73,500 of these funds to pay for the refurbishment of the Club Shop and Offices.
The new Club Shop is now open but we will be holding an official opening ceremony on Saturday 28th September prior to the home game with Cambridge United. We will be randomly drawing out two members who have invested in Community Shares to carry out the official opening and the lucky winners will also be our Directors for the Day. The winners’ names along with the names of all investors to the scheme will be displayed in the club shop as a permanent record that their investments helped make the new shop a possibility.
One of the benefits of investing in the scheme is that you may be entitled to receive tax relief on your investment. A number of investors who indicated their interest have been waiting for their EIS3 certificates to enable them to claim on their tax return. HMRC has now sent these through and you should receive your certificate soon.
Another benefit of the scheme is that for all investments of £250 or more, a match ticket will be donated to our charity partners. Last season Hope House benefited by 150 tickets being donated to them through your investment. The Trust Board has agreed that our charity partners for the 2013/14 season will be AVOW, Air Ambulance Wales, Autism Wishes and the Alzheimer Society. Each charity will receive a share of the total number of charity tickets available as well as other associated benefits.
DIRECTOR FOR THE DAY AT THE RACECOURSE
During the summer the Supporters Trust Board agreed this season to have a members draw for each home league game for two Supporters Trust members to have the experience of being a ‘Director for the Day’. This will entail attending the game beforehand in the Club Board room with fellow Directors and guests. You will have a buffet lunch followed by watching the game from the Directors Box.
All ‘Directors’ drawn out will be expected to be formally dressed with shirt and tie, and of best behaviour as club representatives.
This initiative has already been a great success, and our latest ‘Directors of the Day’ for the Luton match received the following feedback from the two members involved. Iestyn Davies stated: “It was a very pleasant surprise to get a call inviting me to be a 'Director for a Day' for the Luton game. I have supported the Reds since the late 1960s, been a season ticket holder since the 1980s and a WST member for several years now. Despite only missing a few games at the Cae Ras over the past 25 years I had little insight of what went on behind the scenes on a match day. It was the first time that I had been in the Directors' Box - and the first time I had worn a jacket and tie to a game!
“The experience gave me a chance to meet with several of the Trust's Directors, Wrexham FC Board Directors, Sponsors and past players such as Dixie McNeil and Mickey Thomas, plus listen to Andy Morrell and some of the players being interviewed in the Sponsors lounge. Geoff Scott and Dave Jones were perfect hosts and everyone that I met were most friendly and welcoming. I was struck by just how much passion there is for the club and how hard people work behind the scenes to see it survive and flourish. I am as convinced as ever that the foundations that have been laid by the WST represent the way forward off the pitch – and based on the performance on the pitch against Luton I hope things can continue to pick up there too!”
The other ‘Director for the Day’, Mike Thomas, stated: “It was a great experience, not only because Wrexham played well and won but it was also very enjoyable to have pre and post match chats with Wrexham fans, WST members and some of my previous hero’s (Dixie McNeil and Mickey Thomas), it really did confirm to me all of their loyalty and dedication to the club and it also proved that the WST work really hard behind the scenes, so good luck to a future winner I am sure they will have a super time”
DO YOU HAVE THE TIME TO VOLUNTEER FOR WREXHAM FC?
Wrexham Football Club is a truly fans owned Football Club. The take over of the club in November 2011, happened because of volunteers with the expertise in the areas required for Wrexham Supporters Trust to become the first ever Supporters Trust to take over a professional football club as a going concern.
Almost two years down the line and our club progresses both on and off the field because of the hard and dedicated work of volunteers. The reason for this is down to many factors that include both a committed Football Club and Supporters Trust Boards; great management team; and most importantly those supporters who donate their personal time by volunteering for the club.
In recent seasons people have volunteered for all kinds of projects and requests such as attending fete’s and charity events to promote the club; the Saturday stall in town; climbing to the top of Snowdon; to clearing the pitch of snow! And many more! However, although we are well served by a fantastic team of volunteers we still need to attract more supporters to help us deliver in many various functions including match days.
We are now seeing many benefits for Wrexham Football Club being a fan owned community club, but the more volunteers we can attract the more the work can be shared. Volunteers do not have to be available to work every home match day, but if you are able to help out even just a few times a season this would be a great help in the continuing success of this thing of ours.
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE – HAVE YOU A PRIZE TO DONATE?
It’s that time of year where we are again looking to put together prizes for the Christmas Raffle. Last year was again a huge success, with the raffle raising the magnificent sum of over £12,000! It was a huge effort, and we need more of the same this year. We will be sending out a book of raffle tickets to every member in the hope that you can push the boat out and sell a book to friends, family or workmates.
WE WANT YOUR PRINTER CARTRIDGES!
Recycle your old printer cartridges, toners by handing them into the Club or Trust Shop.
However, we do not want any Epson ink jet cartridges, as they are worthless!
Wrexham FC being a community club is committed to helping the environment. Please ask friends and families if they have any old cartridges they could possibly donate too.
WE WANT YOUR FOREIGN MONEY!
Have you returned from holiday with unwanted currency, or got old foreign coins and notes moldering away in the back of a drawer?
Some 64% of travellers return from abroad with foreign currency and this year the average Holidaymaker is coming home with just over £28 in notes and coins.
With this in mind Wrexham Supporters Trust are collecting any Foreign Coins / Notes that you do not need. We feel that this is a great way to raise money for the Trust, if you do have any that you can donate, please drop any unwanted foreign coins/notes off at the Club or Trust shops. All currencies welcome.
If you have children who are under 11 then why not sign them up for the Junior Dragons?
They can join on line at http://www.wst.org.uk or collect a form from either the club or Trust shops.
We now have just over 350 junior members, but we want to increase it!
The kids are our future!
The 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. Please don't delay, join today!
A Junior Dragon day is to be held on Thursday 31st October from 11.30am to 2pm at the Colliers Park Training Ground. JD members can watch the first team training, have photographs and autographs with the players, and then have training and coaching themselves on the 3G playing surface. This is at NO COST, but only for Junior Dragon members, so why not get the kids signed up!
For further details on both joining the Junior Dragons or on the Saturday Club please email
RACECOURSE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Racecourse Community Foundation which is the charity arm of Wrexham Football Club have the following forthcoming events:
Wednesday 30th October 10am-3pm Glyndwr University – Soccer Fun day £15 for the day, book through the RCF on 01978 294414.
Wednesday 13th November 10am - 2pm Glyndwr University – Disability Festival
Thursday 14th November 9:30am - 2pm Racecourse – Show Racism the Red Card Workshop.
WREXHAM FC YEARBOOK 2013-14
The eighth volume of C'mon The Town, the Wrexham yearbook proudly published by the Wrexham Supporters Trust will be will be published in October. We are sorry for delay.
Quite simply, this book is the standard by which all other yearbooks should be judged. No other club at our level has anything like this. Produced by the fans; for the fans; this book enables the loyal Wrexham supporter to relive the raw excitement of the previous season and look forward to the coming season.
Every strand of the clubs activities is brought together here in 220+ action filled, fully illustrated pages drenched with passion, commitment and the belief that this club will rise again. It is without doubt the best club yearbook in non-league football!
This season is even more special as it records our two Wembley visits, from which club captain Dean Keates gives his views on both occasions. This makes the ideal Christmas present for Wrexham fans of all ages. The cost of the book remains at £11.95.