Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:48

Unveiling of 150th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque Featured

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Plaque Grimsby 02As part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations last Saturday, and prior to the match with Grimsby Town, the Mayor Councillor Alan Edwards and his wife Glenys, along with Football Club member Clive Austin, who had been successfully selected from a draw of the Football Club members, unveiled a plaque on the Turf public house to commemorate the birthplace of Wrexham Football Club.

The Football Club was formed from an end of season meeting of Denbighshire County Cricket Club on the 4th October 1864, when the Cricket Club secretary, Edward Manners, who later became secretary of the football club and a leading member of the FAW, announced; "There is one thing, gentlemen. I wish to name - the great want of amusement in this town in wintertime. It is my intention to purchase a football in the course of this week, and I shall expect a good many down to the field next Saturday."

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Wrexham Football Club played its first ever match on the Racecourse on 22nd October 1864 against the Prince of Wales Fire Brigade. A 10-a-side game was played “resulting in an easy victory for the Fire Brigade, they winning the first two goals out of three.” Wrexham Football Club would like to thank Wrexham Council and Marston's Brewery for their support in making the unveiling of the plaque possible.