Wrexham Supporters Trust celebrates its tenth birthday today having been registered by the FSA under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 on 15th March 2002.
Then named Wrexham Independent Supporters Club (WINS) the organisation was actually formed before this date, with the model rules signed by its original members Rob Owen, Bruce Clapton, Terry Heath and Rob Griffiths on 2nd March, but ten years today is when the registration was approved and WST became an IPS, which gave it special status as a non-profit-making, democratic organisation with one member one vote, and totally separate from the Club and its directors at the time.
With the club losing £8,000 a week, the group launched the `Beer-A-Week' fund with the immediate objective to encourage fans and other members of the community to contribute £2 a week (or more!) into the fund, by monthly direct debit or standing order so that money can be donated to pay for, or contribute towards, the cost of new players on loans, non-contract or contract terms with Wrexham AFC.
Obviously, the aims of the group have changed over the years, with the main priority being to have a say in how the club was run, and to purchase equity within the club.
It took ten years for the organisation to achieve equity, but not in the way those early days members would have dreamt, as the Trust took over the ownership of Wrexham Football Club on 30th November 2011.
During that time the Trust have raised over £600,000, and the membership has now risen to over 2,100 members, and is still growing. We ask fans not to sit back, but to help increase the membership, and maybe sacrifice a pint a week, like WINS encouraged fans to do in 2002.
Remember, its OUR CLUB OUR FUTURE!