If we all thought that life was going to be easier after administration, we are now being given a harsh reality check. None more so than Denis Smith and Kevin Russell after yesterday's news! None of the realities of life in lower league football changed while we were in administration, if anything it has got tougher and more competitive, though we do have the added bonus of knowing that the club now owns the Racecourse Ground and is pushing ahead with plans to redevelop the kop and convert the ground into an all-seater stadium. But as part of the legacy of the 'Hamilton' era and the subsequent administration, we are still fighting on the field to retain our Football League status and are perilously close to the League 2 relegation zone.
The reasons behind the formation of WST are still entirely relevant. We set out to save our club and to ensure that it is protected for the long term, and this job is still not complete. We do not yet own a stake in the club and we have no representation on the club's board. But we are still committed to achieving these objectives, because it is the right thing to do for the clubs future. And this is precisely the reason why we need to keep our momentum as an organisation, and retain a strong and active Supporters Trust.
We are now very close to our initial goal of raising £250k to invest in the club, and that has been a fantastic effort. But we can't stop there. We will set ourselves a new target to reach - £300k, then £350k, because funding is the key to our future involvement in the club and we need to keep raising funds until Wrexham Supporters, through the Trust, achieve real influence in Wrexham FC's future.
So, our plea to all Wrexham fans is two-fold please get behind the team, and help to keep Wrexham in the Football League. But we want more members, we want Wrexham fans to continue supporting the Trust through 2007, because we as Wrexham fans plan to be around for the long term and are committed to playing our part in our clubs future.
Following yesterday's shock news the Board of the Wrexham Supporters' Trust would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both Denis Smith and Kevin Russell for there support and help in keeping this club together during the dark days of Administration and before, and we wish them well in whatever direction they take in the future.
Finally, the WST Board would like to pass on our Best Wishes to Brian Carey, whoever will be the new management team, and all Wrexham fans for 2007.
Please note that we have a members meeting a week on Monday (22nd January) at the Centenary Club with a 7.30pm start. Our guest for the evening is Darren Ferguson. Although a members only meeting, non members are most welcome to come along and join on the evening, while renewals will also be accepted.