Shortly before the machines moved in to remove the famous turf from the Racecourse this afternoon, ready for its first relaying in decades, groundstaff removed the most significant portions and passed them to Wrexham Supporters Trust as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations.
The plans for the turf were announced by the Trust to the newly styled Football Club Members meeting last night, which also received an update on the development of the Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy. This unique development in the UK is bringing talented footballers to Wrexham who will also study for degree courses at the University.
The saved areas of the pitch will be divided into 150 small sections and will be sold to fans and supporters over the next couple of weeks. Many fans across Wrexham and further afield will hosting World Cup barbecues this summer and pointing to a section of their lawn that contains grass from the oldest international football ground in the world still in use. A number certificate of authenticity will be included with each piece of anniversary turf.
The sections for sale include the four corners, centre spot and penalty spots. All the proceeds of the sale will be dedicated towards funding the new viewing platforms for disabled fans at the Racecourse, ensuring that a pitch that has created many fantastic memories over the years will continue to provide a lasting legacy for the club. A small number of pieces will also be given to a random selection of young fans who are members of the Junior Dragons.
There are special plans for one very significant piece of the pitch. The spot where Mickey Thomas placed the ball and scored from a free kick in Wrexham’s legendary win over Arsenal in the FA Cup 3rd round in 1992 will be the prize in an anniversary raffle. But not before it has travelled to the top of Snowdon this year as part of the fans mass walk with supporters trusts from around the country. A very special free kick will be taken from the top of Snowdon with the ball placed on this piece of grass, followed by the drawing of the raffle. One lucky fan will then carry home possibly the most famous spot on the Racecourse.
Every fan who joins the Snowdon walk will receive a free raffle ticket. Details of how to buy a small section of pitch, as well as how to buy raffle tickets will be circulated to members and posted online shortly at www.WST.org.uk