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Junior and Youth Dragons' Player of the Season Award

NewJDwebNewYDwebVoting for the Junior and Youth Dragons’ Player of the Season Award 2016-17 is now open.

Votes can be cast in the following ways:
• Filling in a ballot form at the club shop and posting it in the ballot box
• Print the ballot form at home by downloading the attachment below and either posting in the club shop ballot box or by sending it to:
Junior Dragons Player of the Season Award, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AH.

Ballot forms received by 3pm of our Good Friday game v Maidstone will be entered in to a free draw (to be drawn at half time of this game). The winner will get to lead the team out as mascot for our final home game of the season v’s Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, 22nd April.

To be counted, all votes must be received by Saturday, 15th April.

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Free RCF Soccer School for Junior Dragons

NewJDwebThe RCF will be holding a FREE soccer school taster session at Colliers Park on Thursday, 20th April from 2pm - 4pm.

This session is open to boys and girls aged 5-12, who are members of the Junior Dragons. It will be particularly suitable for children who haven’t attended a Soccer School before but would like to experience what they’re all about.

To book your child’s place on this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your child’s full name, date of birth and Junior Dragons membership number.

Please note that there is a maximum of 25 places on this event and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please also remember that the RCF will be holding a range of other Soccer School sessions (with a discount for Junior Dragon members) during the Easter holidays, details of which can be found below.

Easter RCF Soccer School

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Junior and Youth Dragons Day: Wrexham v Maidstone

NewYDwebNewJDwebOur Good Friday home game v’s Maidstone (April 14th, kick off 3pm) is being designated as a Junior and Youth Dragon Day. For this game, Junior and Youth Dragon members can claim a free ticket for the family section of the Mold Road Stand. An accompanying adult ticket must be purchased for the same area, but for the reduced price of just £10.

This special ticket deal is available to purchase either at the club shop or online. Please take your child’s membership card with you to the club shop, whilst new members are welcome to sign up for £5. New members signing up now will now be members through to the end of next season.

If purchasing online, please remember to log in with your child’s membership details. Please also note that for online ticket sales that the system will refer to the Junior/Youth Dragon and accompanying adult tickets as costing £5 each.

As well as enjoying free admission to this match, Junior and Youth Dragon members will have the opportunity to join in a half time parade around the stadium led by Wrex the Dragon.

Don’t miss out on this Easter cracker!

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A Night Of Thanks For You The Fans

A Night Of Thanks For You The Fans

The evening is taking place on Friday 7th April from 7.30 p.m in the cent and is being kindly sponsored by Hays Travel and DTCC.

The night will include

- Live music from Luke Gallagher

- A free to enter raffle (sponsored by Hays travel)
1st prize A season ticket for 2017/18 season

2nd prize bamfords matchday experience

3rd prize £50 club shop vouchers

(Everyone will receive 1 free raffle ticket when entering the venue on the night)

- A Wrexham quiz... pints to be won (sponsored by DTCC )

- Many other opportunities to win on the spot free pints, during the night.

- MyRacecourse will be £2 a pint all night

- Finger food served by members from both club & wst boards

ALL Wrexham fans ( 18 or over ) are welcome to this event. You DO NOT have to be a wst club member. Tickets can be picked up from the club shop, on a first come first served basis

Its going to be a tremendous night of celebrating being a Wrexham fan and a small way for the club to thank the fans for their unbelievable support this season.

We hope to see you there

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Wrexham AFC – Board Announcements

It is with sorrow that we announce that Alan Watkin will retire from his position as a Director of Wrexham AFC at the end of the season. Alan has given almost six years of loyal service to the board and has been a trusted advisor with his knowledge of local and national government and Associations.

Alan has contributed in many aspects to Wrexham AFC but particularly in the smooth adoption of significant health and safety responsibilities following the stadium take over and gaining the cooperation and support (even in these most difficult of times) of local and central government. Alan should be particularly proud of his leadership of the Racecourse Community Foundation which contributes significantly across North Wales and the expansion in participation of girls in football.

Alan has been a key figure in fans ownership of Wrexham AFC including the improved and enhanced governance allowing the Board to meet and overcome major challenges that we have faced in rebuilding the club and will be sadly missed. The very good news is that whilst not remaining on the Board Alan has agreed to remain as an Advisor to us within his area of expertise and will remain on the Racecourse Community Foundation so thankfully we will not lose him entirely.

Alan said, "It is with real regret that I am retiring from the Board. This is a decision that I have taken because I need to concentrate on some private, personal issues which means that I would not be able to give the time or focus that the Board role needs and deserves. However I feel I am leaving when I honestly believe that the club is in its strongest position since we took over, strong both in terms of the team management and the governance and business management. I am pleased that my colleagues have asked me to continue to contribute as an advisor to the Board of the club which I have watched for some 50 years."

Following a review of the Board structure and accountabilities we can announce that Phil Salmon will join the board with immediate effect. Phil is the owner and managing director of AEC Engineering a precision engineering and safety rescue equipment manufacturing company based in Wrexham that does work across the region, the North West of England and across the globe who have been our back of shirt sponsors for the last 3 seasons.

Phil Salmon 06Phil first attended the Racecourse in 1967 and has been a regular ever since with other members of his family. He said “To be asked to serve as a volunteer on the Football Club Board is a huge honour and I am really looking forward to working with fellow board members on behalf of you the club owners. I have had a maintenance career spanning forty years with great relationships with both customers and suppliers from around the world. I am looking forward to bringing my expertise to the Football Club and in particular to the Racecourse Stadium.”

Alan will support the transition to the new Board until the end of the season and we will share how it will operate at the forthcoming Football Club AGM.

Please join us in thanking Alan Watkin and welcoming Phil Salmon.

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The Reds defeat the Boys in Blue

Sunday 26th February

Wrexham DSA FC 5-3 North Wales Police

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On Sunday last, Wrexham DSA FC took on North Wales Police at a windswept Ysgol Clywedog in difficult conditions for both teams.
Wrexham started the game without four of their better players who were down in Cardiff for trials with the Welsh FA Learning Disability squad for a second time after progressing through the first stage.

Despite NWP having the wind behind them, Wrexham took an early lead against the boys in erm… white actually… with Dominic Hughes smashing a brilliant half volley back across the box and into the top left corner from the edge of the box. North Wales Police came back and began to settle into the game with some good spells of passing and possession. Despite their increased pressure on the Wrexham goal, NWP were unable to make it count, in large to the efforts of the superb Mark Leather the Wrexham goal who clawed away the goal bound ball on three or four occasions, his acrobatics defying his 54 years in a man of the match display.
The half-time whistle went with the teams somehow only separated by the one goal.
NWP started the second half where they finished the first but Wrexham stood firm. Wrexham got their second when a comedy mix up in the police defence let Jordan Jones in for an easy tap in. NWP pushed forward again and pulled a goal back after Mark Leather parried a shot which found its way on to the long leg of the law to make 2-1 Wrexham.

The third Wrexham goal came in bizarre fashion when Wayne Greenshields over hit a pass and it somehow ended up in the net from 70 yards after a mistake from the NWP goalkeeper who misjudged his kick. The red faced goalie will certainly be glad that there’s no video evidence of his blooper making its way back to the station.
NWP’s second was an extremely well worked goal after good work on the right cut open the Wrexham defence and let the police in for a cool finish past Leather to pull the gap back to one goal.

Alex Hall got Wrexham's fourth after good work from Jordan Jones, who put himself through one on one with the keeper only to be denied by a fine save that fell to the feet of Hall who calmly slotted home from 18 yards making it 4 -2 Wrexham.

NWP weren’t going down without a fight and responded instantly with a nice finish from close range after good work in midfield, but Wrexham weren't to be denied the win and sealed the victory when Phil Birch struck from 25 yards to leave the big keeper with no chance as the ball sailed over him high into the net.
Wrexham coach and match referee Andy Pierce said, “It’s been a good afternoon and a good game in difficult conditions. Obviously we’re delighted with the win but more than anything we’re really pleased with the manner in which the game was played. Some of our team come from a criminal justice background, and whilst everyone was competitive throughout, there was no ill discipline and nobody over stepped the mark, which is testimony to how far some of these lads have come.”
Wrexham manager Carl Austin said, “We’re very grateful to North Wales Police for today, as with our recent fundraising match versus Wrexham council, it’s great for us to build these community links. A special thanks to PCSO John Davies of NWP who put the police team together and along with Andy helped organise the day. We’re very hopeful of arranging a replay for later in the year when hopefully the weather is a little better.

PCSO John Davies said of the game, “We were really impressed with Wrexham DFC’s display. I’m a Wrexham AFC fan myself and follow the DSA’s results which is why I was keen to help get this game on. We also knew we were in for a tough game having seen some of their recent tournament success, and we were under no illusions about it being a walk in the park. Fair play to them, they play with great team spirit and work really hard as a unit. We’re fairly familiar with some of the players and it was great to see them in a different environment. The community work being done by Wrexham DSA FC is fantastic and the way they play and conduct themselves is superb, they’re a credit to Wrexham.”

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Wrexham’s starting line up: Leather, Hall, Harper, Barrett-Bagnell, N.Hughes, Birch, Lewis D.Hughes, Roberts, A Hall, Jones
Substitutes; Storer, Greenshields, Bero

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WST Members Meeting Report

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A well-attended member’s meeting last Thursday saw two important announcements made by the Club. The first part of the meeting being streamed live on line.

New Contract

Firstly, Club Director and Trust Board member Spencer Harris announced that first team manager Dean Keates was about to sign a new 3 and half year contract which he duly did to the applause of the members. Spencer said that Dean brought “old school values with a modern approach” and had been “a breath of fresh air” since his appointment last October and that going forward the Club needed a “One Team approach” with everyone pulling in the same direction.
Questioned by Trust Chair Peter Jones, Dean said that he “knew the club and the expectations” that everyone has been “open and honest” from the start and that it “wasn’t about me, if we are all in it together we have got a chance”. Having looked at the squad Dean said there “had been a lot of departures some were easy some less so”. “We are a big club with a big catchment area and should give youth a chance”. Dean announced that Leo Smith had signed a new 2-year contract. He said that every day he receives “about 20 circulars from agents”. Russell Penn was “someone we obviously needed in midfield”. He had wanted to keep Jordan Evans but could not agree terms. He was aware of the 30-game clause in contracts. “It wasn’t really a problem.” His hardest decision was about John Rooney. He tried to keep him and made a revised offer which the player seemed to accept “but it wasn’t signed and when his agent returned with different figures” a loan was quickly suggested by them to Guiseley.

In answer to questions from the floor, Dean said that we did receive a loan fee for Rooney; they pay his wages with a bonus to us if they stay up. He also said that he might possibly consider 30 game clauses in the future for “an individual player but not for everyone”. Dean said that Curtis Tilt will trigger the 30-game clause and “we will try to keep him” although he was likely to attract interest.

Build the Budget

The second important announcement was made by Trust Vice Chairman and Club board member John Mills. He said that the Trust would launch a “Build the Budget” fund to provide extra funds for Dean’s playing budget next season. Trust treasurer (and lead on this) Brian Phillips confirmed that the fund would be solely for the playing budget with a separate bank account for this purpose only. People could contribute with cash at the club shop or trust shop, by cheque or standing order or via a one-off donation by PayPal. A committee to run the scheme consisted of Brian, Dave Bennet, Mike Lewis, Lloyd Roberts, Carl Hogan, Geoff Scott and Paul Parry.
Although Wrexham legend Gary Bennet could not attend the meeting in person he joined by telephone to express his enthusiasm and support for the idea.
In response to questions, it was confirmed that the Build the Budget was entirely separate to and “over and above” anything else fans and sponsors contribute and people should continue with their normal contributions, regular updates will be posted online. Over £650 was raised at the meeting.

Trust Board members were in attendance to answer questions from the floor:

• Mark Williams (Trust Board member and Club Finance Director) confirmed that he had been in communication with Swansea about the Neil Taylor monies. They had been “exemplary” and had disclosed details of the transaction with Aston Villa and consequently the Club had “submitted our invoice to them”. “We have seen the contract and calculated what is due to us”.

• Mark said concert arrangements were “going well”. There had been a recent meeting with the event organiser, promotor and the Safety Advisory Group. The promoter was responsible for ticket sales and costs. “We make money from the secondary spend. We’ve seen the figures from last year and decided not to charge a stadium fee which would have involved us upgrading the facilities etc.”

• In response to a question about whether the Club encouraged investors. Peter Jones said “if people wanted to talk to us we would listen” but there are different ways of investing e.g. sponsoring the stands and ground. It is a Trust matter. If the board received a serious proposal they would have to put it to the members with a recommendation. He clarified that the rumours of an approach from Steve Morgan or Malcolm Walker were not true. Spencer Harris confirmed that the Board were 100% committed to fans ownership and “we believe that we can do it “(i.e. achieve on field success). Board member Colin Williams said” we need to think about what we mean by investment. There is incredible value added by volunteers”.

• In response to a question about the “German 51% ownership model” and that there had been small shareholders in the past, Mark said there was nothing in the Rules to prevent that but reiterated that any final decision had to be taken by the members.

• Trust Board member Dave Jones confirmed that the community share scheme was still in operation. Monies had previously been used for the club shop and towards the frost covers.

• In response to a question about “the Bubble”, Peter Jones nothing was planned yet for next season. “When the fixtures come out we will meet with the Safety Advisory Group”. Mark Williams said he “was against the arrangements and had not attended at Cheater this season for that reason and it also involved additional work for the Club”. Club director Alan Watkin said there had been no discussions yet. Arrests were down and there was a “commitment by the police to return to normality”. The Club were still waiting to hear from the FAW about charges against them and James Jennings after the incident following the final whistle at Chester.

• In response to a question about potential monies from the sale of Wrexham Village. There was nothing to report but none were expected.

• In response to a question of plugging the £200,000 “gap” following the commencement of the Racecourse lease, Mark said “revenues were in line with projections on match days”. The floodlights had needed repair and Mark thanked the Wrexham Supporters Association for their generosity.

• In a response to a question about the lift in the Mold Road Stand, Spencer apologised but said it had been very difficult to analyse the problem with the Spanish made lift as the UK company did not have records about the controller programme. With help from volunteers especially Phil Salmon, a Spanish company appeared to have the answer to the problem which we were hoping would be resolved in the next few weeks.

• Dave Jones said membership stood at about 3200 and that “we were gearing up for next season with some more good news about membership shortly.”

• Trust Board member Paul Smith reminded members about the Auction Night on Friday 24 February. Details were on the Trust website.

• Peter Jones said the end of season player of the year event will be held at the Club on the Sunday after the last home game.

• Colin Williams announced that, thanks to the hard work of Stuart Roberts in particular, the Club was receiving official recognition from The Alzheimer’s Society for our work towards becoming dementia friendly. We are the first football club in Wales to receive such recognition.

• Independent Secretary Alan Fox reminded members that the Trust AGM will be held on a date to be fixed at the end of June but there will be elections to the Trust Board with the opportunity for members to put resolutions to the membership. Details will be announced shortly.

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Junior Dragons Enjoy Racecourse Tour and Quiz

NewJDwebOver 100 Junior Dragons enjoyed a free half term quiz and guided tour of the Racecourse on Tuesday, 21st February.

The young Reds fans were expertly shown behind the scenes of our historic stadium by members of the first team squad. Whilst on the tour, children completed a quiz to test what they had learnt about the world’s oldest international football stadium.

The tour was followed by a fun quiz written by club captain and Junior Dragons’ ambassador, Robbie Evans. The scores from both quizzes were added together and our winner was Ariana Rowley, who will now get to lead the team out as mascot at a future home game.

For this event we were delighted to welcome two local youth football clubs, Johnstown Under 12’s and Borras Park Rangers Under 9’s. Both clubs have signed up their entire squad to the Junior Dragons and we hope they are just the first of many local youth clubs to do so.

We would like to thank everyone who attended this event and hope you all enjoyed your day. Our special thanks go to Robbie Evans for writing his quiz and to all the players for being such wonderful tour guides!

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Wrexham AFC lead the way

dementiaOver the past two seasons, Wrexham Football Club and Wrexham Supporters’ Trust (WST) have been working hard towards their aim of becoming a dementia friendly football club and sporting venue.

Working closely with Jo Lane - the dementia friendly communities’ co-ordinator for North Wales - Stuart Roberts, a member of the WST board, will be at The Racecourse on Saturday the 11th of March to accept official recognition from The Alzheimer’s Society for our work towards becoming dementia friendly. We are the first football club in Wales to receive such recognition.

It is not just a reward for our club who have worked tirelessly and continue to lead the way in our aim to make football accessible and inclusive. The club has also supported and encouraged the setting up of “Dementia Friendly Wrexham” steering group and has two members of AFC on the steering group along with representation from the Town Council, the NHS, Glyndwr University, both local and national retailers, local faith and voluntary organisations and it is operating under the guidance of The Alzheimer’s Society to make Wrexham a Dementia Friendly Community.

Part of the recognition process for the club was to meet certain criteria. To do this, we have targeted awareness. This was achieved by committing to providing Dementia Friends awareness sessions to anyone interested that is involved in the match day experience. Initially this involved WST board members and club volunteers attending sessions and then moving on to Dementia Friends “Champion” training so that we can deliver these sessions in house and not have to rely on a third party. At present we have Dementia Friends on the club and WST boards, in the office and club shop and almost all of the first team squad. The new arrivals since January will be invited to attend a session soon. Obviously, the pubs around the ground are also a big part of the match day experience, as is Chris De Burger’s burger van all of whom have shown their support. A special thanks to Chris De Burger who was the first person outside of the club to attend a session.

Another important factor in achieving official status was a survey of The Racecourse to assess any issues that may be encountered by someone living with dementia. This was carried out by a person living with dementia. The experience was very positive with the advice and guidance gratefully received. The few minor details which were highlighted are being addressed.

As a football club we already run a dementia reminiscence group held in the executive boxes on the last Friday of each month. This project is run by club volunteers in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society and has been a huge success.

Future plans to remain as dementia friendly as reasonably possible, are in place and include regular Dementia Friends sessions. These will be included as part of the Racecourse stewards’ induction and training package as well as some new dementia friendly signage in and around the ground. Sessions are being offered to current club sponsors with management and staff from AEC Engineering attending a session recently. DTCC are due to attend a session this week and Ifor Williams Trailers are due to confirm their attendance later this week.

dementia2It's great to see large local employers such as DTCC showing commitment to this initiative. They have committed to supply a trainer to attend a session and then the Champion training, so that they can then deliver the sessions as part of their own company induction. It is our aim to suggest this strategy to all companies linked to the football club.

There is a lot of hard work ahead of us to retain this official status and we would love you to get involved as a volunteer. This could be for us at the football club or assisting the new steering group to achieve our aim for the town to become a dementia friendly community. We are all in a position to help people living with dementia, to live well. Something as simple as attending one of our Dementia Friends sessions at The Racecourse really will make a difference. If you or someone you know may be interested in helping this initiative to be a success, please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and keep an eye on www.wst.org.uk. For more information regarding Dementia Friendly Communities please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is possible to live well with dementia and we can ALL help!

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Wrexham AFC launches ‘Build The Budget’

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Wrexham AFC launches ‘Build The Budget’

The ‘Build The Budget’ fund is a rallying call for supporters of Wrexham AFC across the world, be they fans or businesses, to back the club that they own in further building its first team budget for the 2017/18 season.

The objective is to get us back to challenging for a chance to return back to the Football League ready for the 2018/19 season. Other clubs have done this, with Grimsby being a notable example when they raised £110,000 which helped drive them to promotion in 2016.

Why are we launching the fund?

Fans have asked us to launch this initiative and ensure that any money raised will go exclusively towards the first team playing budget for next season and therefore all monies donated to ‘Build The Budget’ will be housed in a separate bank account to achieve this aim.  

A return to the Football League would benefit the town and region, not just the football club and would bring increased civic pride for North Wales. Along with our loyal fanbase we urge local businesses to pledge their support and help us achieve this aim by joining those to contribute to ‘Build The Budget’.

Why are we announcing it now?

We are announcing it now so that we have the best chance of raising funds between now and the end of the season to give ourselves even more chance of success in the National League next season. Starting early helps enable manager Dean Keates to identify and land the players who can help us realise our ambition as early as possible in the summer transfer window.

View from Manager Dean Keates

“This is a tremendous idea from you the owners of the club. As a Trust Member myself, I understand the contribution people already make into this great club so would ask that people give only of what they can. I want to ensure you that every penny raised will be spent carefully and with one thing in mind which is to help us challenge next season. You are amongst the best fans anywhere and we all appreciate your support and generosity.” 

How can you contribute to the Build The Budget Fund?

There are various ways you can contribute to the Fund:

  1. By cash – Please pay cash in an envelope clearly marked “Build the Budget” into the club shop.
  2. By cheque – Please make cheques payable to:

WST – Loan Notes Account.

This is a dedicated account that will ONLY be used for the Fund. These can be handed into the club shop or posted to the following address:

Wrexham AFC Racecourse Ground

Build the Budget Fund

Mold Road

Wrexham

LL11 2AH

  1. By standing order/one-off donation using internet banking to:

SORT CODE – 08-92-99

ACCOUNT NUMBER 65162624

  1. By pay-pal – the e-mail address of the account to make a donation is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

You can also donate online at buildthebudget.wst.org.uk

Further details about the Fund can be found on Wrexham AFC’s main website www.wrexhamafc.co.uk  Just follow the link to BUILD THE BUDGET.

The ‘Build The Budget’ fund will not replace other income streams such as player sponsorship or advertising as we need to maintain these income streams but is meant to be additional income that helps drive us forwards next year and is ring fenced exclusively to boost the first team budget. Support ‘Build The Budget’ and help us make next season one to remember.

If you have any questions/comments/suggestions about the Fund, then please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COME ON YOU REDS!!!!

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