Sunday, 12 October 2014 22:03

Wrexham Football Club thank fans who responded to the call with a huge Red Army. Featured

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IMG 0025We challenged you to come in your thousands, and you answered the call. You packed out the Racecourse and made a massive noise. We thank you all. Every one of the 8,164 who celebrated 150 years of Wrexham Football Club yesterday. 

It is the fans who have sustained the club for a century and a half - and once again you did yourselves and your Club proud.

We are all disappointed not to get a win yesterday for our anniversary match - but there were some great memories nevertheless.

We had many new faces in the crowd, enjoying the IMG 0027pleasure (and pain!) of watching the Reds for the first time. Some of them were very small children - and we hope to see them again soon and to have sparked a life-long love of this great club. They are our future.

The Fron Choir signing the anthem was very emotional (and we are sure it was louder and more passionate than we've heard at the Millennium stadium!). The Cambria band leading the teams out with such noise. The parade of former legends and all the Wrex and Rockin Robin antics. All of the other entertainment added to a great day.

Interest in our anniversary game was huge and we sold around 30 times as many advance tickets as normal. This led to us making some stands ticket-only as the ground filled over the week. On Thursday morning sales were below 4,000 (including season tickets) and at this time we were anticipating a bumper crowd of around 6,000, when we had to make final decisions on programmes, stewards, catering, etc.

IMG 0029It was clear something extraordinary was happening when we reached 6,200 sales/season tickets at the end of Friday. This left around 2,000 spaces remaining in the ground for sale to Wrexham fans on the day of the game. The sale of tickets on matchday came at an unprecedented rate and this lead to us selling out all our available allocation for Wrexham fans and we are sorry that this left some fans disappointed.

To get that many on-the-day-sales on top of the advance sales is incredible, and we beat the best gate in the Conference this season by almost 1200. As we approached full capacity we had to take decisions with the Safety Officer about ticket arrangements for the last stand (GUS) with seats available. We are sorry that this inconvenienced some fans on the day, who were purchasing last minute tickets.

By the time we were opening the turnstiles we only had 600 tickets left and we were left withIMG 0031 a decision to stop further shop sales or operate a cash turnstile with a maximum of 600 people.  As the shop queue was continuing to grow we made the decision to continue sales only from the shop. This seemed the fairest approach to fans who had been queuing for a long time already.

We will look to see if we could make alternative arrangements in future - but the safety of our spectators and our legal obligations are our first priority, and when the ground reaches maximum capacity for a football fixture we have to close the gates to further sales. 

This was our first big feature event home game, since we became a fans-owned club. Our amazing fans did more than we could have hoped for, to support us yesterday. There will be more anniversary events over the course of this historic season - and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Cae Ras soon. We will also look to involve fans in feedback from yesterday - more details on this soon. 

IMG 0032Our next league home game is at 3pm on Saturday 1st November, when we will be playing FC Halifax Town. There may be cup fixtures before this - look out for details via the Club or Trust websites or follow us on Twitter @Wrexham_afc and @WSTtweets

Once again, we thank you for supporting the Club yesterday.

#COYR! #WXM150