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2018/19 Club Membership Update(s)!

Volunteers needed to hand out membership forms

Wrexham Supporters’ Trust is looking for volunteers to hand out 2018/19 Club Membership forms to fans outside the turnstiles before the match against Bromley on Saturday 25th August. Growing the membership is a key strategic aim for the future success of Wrexham AFC, if you are able to assist, then please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of the membership team will get back to you as soon as possible. Your help will be greatly appreciated!


 Renew your Wrexham AFC Club Membership for the 2018/19 season

joinrenewAre you a Wrexham AFC Club Member? Do you know that membership now runs from 1st June until 31st May? It is now time to become a Club Member or renew for the 2018/19 season.

Here are the best and easiest ways to renew your Club Membership.

Our preferred method of payment is by standing order which you can set up using the details below through online banking or by filling in a standing order form at your bank.

Co-operative Bank PLC
Sort Code: 08-92-99
Account Number: 65084582

Please use your WREXID as the payment reference, or if you are joining for the first time, then please use your date of birth as the payment reference. You will need to pay a minimum of £1 per month, although we are asking members if they would please consider raising this amount to £1 per week if at all possible. It would be greatly appreciated!

Once you have done this, then please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name of the account holder, the payment amount and the day of the month on which the payment will be made.

A motion was carried at the 2016 AGM to charge a £3.00 administration fee on top of the £12.00 subscription fee for any member that makes a one off payment. This is because a one off payment for subscription creates extra workload for our membership team. The £3.00 administration fee is waived if a member pays for their subscription fee by recurring standing order or PayPal.

You can also renew your club membership online by using the link below:

http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/SeasonSearch?presenter=TLWREXHAMAFC&season=1819S&pkg=MEMB

Once there, click 'BUY NOW' and enter 1 as the number of tickets. Then choose which type of membership you would like to purchase and click continue.

Adult £15 (16 years old and above)
Youth £5 (11 to 15 years old)
Junior Dragon £5 (0 to 10 years old)
Corporate £50 (Companies and Supporters' Associations etc.)

On the next page, in the box that says ‘E-Mail or Customer ID:’ enter your email address or your membership number (WREXID) and then enter your password and log in. If that isn't successful, then choose 'Forgot your password?' or 'Returning customer, but no password yet?' and follow the instructions.

On the next page, fill out your payment details and check that your contact information is correct. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on 'FINALISE ORDER', congratulations as you are now a Wrexham AFC 2018/19 Club Member!

If you have any membership queries, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and someone from our membership team will get back to you in due course.



2018/19 Club Membership cards now available to collect

2018/19 Club Membership cards are now available for collection from the club shop. Please bring along your receipt or a form of identification to speed up the process, any cards that are not collected will be sent out in the post to the address that we have for you on our database.

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Director for the Day v Fylde

Trust Member Matthew Fox was the lucky club owner chosen at random to be the Director for the Day at our first home game of the season with Fylde. Hosted by Trust Board member Sarah Smith- Howard, Matthew and Kieran (seen here meeting defender Manny Smith) were guests in the boardroom and enjoyed the match from the director’s box. Matthew said “On arrival at the game Kieran and I were greeted by Sarah who was the perfect host. She was great company throughout as was everyone else. All the Wrexham board members were very welcoming and made us feel comfortable. The night was a memorable one and one I will never forget”

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ADC Commentators Wanted

Audio-descriptive commentary is a specialist matchday service that enables partially sighted and blind spectators to enjoy live matches alongside their fellow fans. The DSA in conjunction with the club are planning to introduce the service at the Racecourse but need volunteers - who will receive training. If anyone is interested in helping fellow Reds share the Racecourse experience (and places are still available) please see the article on the Club website. Thank you. 

https://www.wrexhamafc.co.uk/news/dsa-ever-fancied-yourself-as-a-commentator

 

 

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The future of Supporters Direct

Supporters Direct (SD) are an umbrella organisation set up originally by the government in 2000 to provide support and assistance for its member trusts to secure a greater level of accountability and deliver democratic representation within football clubs and within football's governing structures. Amongst other things, Supporters Direct promotes the value of supporter and community engagement and helps supporters' trusts to secure influence and become a constructive voice in how their club is run. There are now over 200 supporters' trusts in the UK; clubs owned in partnership with supporters' trusts such as Swansea City A.F.C. and over 50 clubs owned by their supporters including AFC Wimbledon, Exeter City F.C., Newport County and of course Wrexham AFC. Many others have meaningful involvement through board representation, structured dialogue or campaigning. SD provided invaluable support to Wrexham Supporters Trust at the time of its purchase of the club and has continued to provide advice. WST is a full member of SD.

The Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) is an organisation representing football fans in England and Wales. It campaigns across a range of issues and supports fan representation on clubs' boards, lower ticket prices, and the introduction of safe standing areas at grounds in the top two tiers of English football. The FSF represents individual fans and affiliated supporters’ organisations from every club in the professional game and footballing pyramid. WST is affiliated to the FSF.

 

Both organisations receive funding partly from the Premier League Fans Fund. Prompted mainly (it seems to us) by concerns about cuts to that funding, and after a lengthy consultation, an indicative resolution was put to this years SD AGM to consider and vote on the following:

“Supporters Direct should: -

·         Form a single, new football supporters’ organisation with the Football Supporters’ Federation or;

·         Continue as a distinct organisation focused on governance in sport” 

The SD Board recommended continuing as a distinct organisation whilst recognising that there would be challenges in securing future funding. The board of WST decided to accept the SD Board’s advice and vote for SD to continue. Our concern was that the interests of fans owned clubs and those Trusts who aspire to it (or who are compelled by events to save their clubs) would be diminished in a new organisation which would focus on things other than governance. Although we do have common interests, the fact remains that our concerns and aspirations do not necessarily match those supporting clubs in the higher echelons of the game.  We were not convinced that fan ownership would be very high on the agenda of a merged organisation.

During a lengthy debate at Saturdays AGM in London, Trusts including those at Arsenal, Spurs and Fulham argued for merger of the two organisations whilst others such as those from Exeter City, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Stafford Rangers and ourselves spoke in favour of SD continuing as a distinct organisation.

From a turnout of 70% (69 voting members) the vote was as follows:

Form a single, new football supporters' organisation with the Football Supporters' Federation: 36

To continue as a distinct organisation focused on governance in sport: 30

Abstentions: 3

Therefore, Supporters Direct were mandated to form a single, new football supporters' organisation with the Football Supporters' Federation.

 

There is much work to be done in creating the new organisation and, of course, we wish it well including all the SD staff who have provided us with such excellent support over the years.

We hope it can now secure adequate funding although, given that the elite game is currently awash with monies, the risk of reduced funding is a puzzling state of affairs.

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WST BOARD 2018-2019

Following the WST board elections and AGM on 28 June the newly constituted Trust Board met on 2 July and 25 July. The minutes of the 2 July meeting will be available shortly.

In the meantime, details of the “new” Trust Board and their roles are set out below: -

Peter Jones (Chair) – elected by the Trust Board on 2 July

John Mills (Vice Chair) - elected by the Trust Board on 2 July

Brian Phillips (Treasurer) – co-opted by the Trust Board on 2 July

Alan Fox (Independent Secretary) appointed by the Trust Board on 2 July

Spencer Harris, Mark Williams, John Mills and Gavin Jones (Trust Board representatives on the Football Club Board elected by the Trust Board in 2017 for a two-year period)

Richard Ulrich (Membership)

Sarah Smith- Howard (Membership)

Mark Jones (Financial Security and Revenue Generation)

Simon Rhodes (Financial Security and Revenue Generation)

Bryan Still (Financial Security and Revenue Generation)

Mike Lewis (Community)

Stephen Lloyd (Community)

The Board have advertised for an additional board member for co-option to the community group.

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Wrexham AFC Open Evening!

Wrexham AFC is holding an Open Evening on Monday 30th July, with gates opening at 4.30pm. 

WAFCHome

As well as the club shop being open, there will be a number of stalls, whilst fans will be able to watch a training session, as well as having a roaming access to the behind the scenes facilities.

Fans will also have the opportunity to meet the players for autographs and the now obligatory selfie!

This will be followed with a question and answer session with the manager and guests in the Centenary Club following the training session.

Admission is FREE.

Please note that the club car park will be closed.

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WST seek Co-Opted Board Member

communityWrexham Supporters Trust are looking to co-opt a member on to the board who can help enhance our community group.

The Board (which is the governing body of Wrexham AFC) consists mainly of board members with designated areas of responsibility together with co-opted board members.

A vacancy has arisen for a co-opted board member to take forward, with colleagues, one of the Trust's aims which is to enhance the social, cultural and economic value of the club to its communities.

Our work in the community has been recognised in the past by receipt of the Daily Post's community business award. We now need another board member with leadership and communication skills to help us in this area.

The successful candidate will attend our board meetings and contribute to all areas of the Trust's work, with emphasis on the community, as well as organising and overseeing our community work and events alongside other stakeholders.

If any member wishes to be considered for this position please email our Secretary Alan Fox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - please set out your relevant skills and experience and what you feel you can bring to the community group and the board.

This is a great opportunity to make an important contribution to the success of Wrexham AFC with the successful applicant being in post until next year's AGM when all co-opted positions will be reviewed.

The closing date for applications for this position is Friday 20th July 2018.

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WST AGM ELECTION AND RESOLUTION RESULTS

WST BOARD ELECTION RESULTS 2018

CANDIDATE VOTE
LLOYD, Stephen 200
MACDOUGALL, Mark 98
RHODES, Simon 189
ROBERTS, Alun 105
STILL, Bryan 117
THORLEY, Mark 93
WILLIAMS, Mark 291

The results of the elections to the WST Board were announced at last nights AGM.  There were four vacancies which means that Mark Williams, Stephen Lloyd, Simon Rhodes and Bryan Still were duly elected to serve a term of three years on the board. We thank all the candidates who put their names forward.

RESOLUTION VOTING RESULTS

The results of voting on the six resolutions was also announced.

RESOLUTION A

Summary: To authorise the use of Trust funds to invest in Wrexham AFC and\or WST Assets Limited

Proposer: The Society Board

“The Society resolves that immediately following the 2018 Annual General Meeting, the Society Board be authorised to invest up to a further £150,000 in Wrexham AFC Limited (a 100% subsidiary of Wrexham Supporters Trust) and\or WST Assets Limited (a 100% subsidiary of Wrexham Supporters Trust), the Board having the power to determine how the investment is distributed between the two companies, during the period following the 2018 AGM up to the 2019 AGM”. 

Proposer’s background information:

This is the annual resolution by which members authorise the Trust Board to invest funds in the football club and in WST Assets Limited, as they deem fit during the year up the maximum figure of £150,000.

FOR = 295 VOTES

AGAINST = 2 VOTES

ABSTENTIONS = 5

RESOLUTION A WAS CARRIED

RESOLUTION B

Summary: To authorise the reappointment of the Society auditors

Proposer: The Society Board

“The Society resolves that McLintocks Partnership Limited are reappointed as statutory auditors of the Society for the 2018 financial year.”

Proposer’s background information:

This is the annual resolution needed to reappoint the Society auditors for another year.

FOR = 294 VOTES

AGAINST = 3 VOTES

ABSTENTIONS = 6

RESOLUTION B WAS CARRIED

RESOLUTION C

Summary: To approve a “Minutes Silence Policy”

Proposer: The Society Board

“The Society resolves to approve the following policy to assist the Club decide when it is appropriate to hold a minute’s silence at the Racecourse Ground.

It will be our policy to hold a minute’s silence (or applause when appropriate) at the Racecourse only in the following circumstances:

  • When requested to do so by the football authorities;
  • Prior to a fixture which falls in the week preceding Remembrance Sunday;
  • To mark the annual remembrance of the Gresford Disaster;
  • To mark the passing of a person who has played a significantrole in the history of the Club (such as a former manager or official but not limited to such a person) to be decided by the Club board;
  • Prior to the fixture designated as the “Wrexham Supporters Remembrance Match” which is to be held annually at the home fixture falling closest to the 1st February.”

Proposer’s background information:

A minute’s silence (or applause) is a period to stop, think and reflect in times of tragedy, remembrance or the passing of a prominent person.  It can be a powerful way for those attending a sporting event to join together to pay their respects.  There has been a growing trend to observe such a silence prior to kick off which involves organisational challenges for the Club and the risk of breaching League rules by delaying kick off.  There is also the potential to diminish the impact of the occasion. This policy provides clear guidelines for Club employees and members as to when it is appropriate to pay such a tribute.

FOR = 279 VOTES

AGAINST = 9 VOTES

ABSTENTIONS = 14

RESOLUTION C WAS CARRIED

RESOLUTION D

Summary: To replace the current club mascot "Wrex the Dragon" with "Rockin' Robin"

Proposer: Mary Roberts, Adrian Roberts and Louise S Roberts

“The Society resolves that the Society Board be directed to replace the current club mascot "Wrex the Dragon" with "Rockin' Robin”.

Proposer’s background information:

Rockin' Robin was dismissed of his duties as the club's mascot in 2001, since then we have faced administration to relegation from the football league. Now we the fans have owned our club for some years and are looking for promotion and have enjoyed the games when Rockin' Robin came back for the odd game e.g. Barroween which brought large crowds to see his antics we would ask the membership to vote on his return as feel it would be beneficial to the club with the entertainment he brings.


Society Board’s Background Information:

Although they understand the sentiments behind this resolution and tempting as it may seem, the Board advises members not to vote in favour of it. Everyone who witnessed his antics looks back on the heyday of Rockin Robin with affection and to the years when the team’s nickname was “the Robins”. However, 17 years have now elapsed since the Club decided to adopt “the Dragons” as its nickname and to introduce Wrex the Dragon as its mascot. A name which reflects our Welsh identity and distinguishes us from other clubs. A generation of younger fans have known nothing else and the Junior Dragons is an important and growing part of the fanbase. Thousands of schoolchildren were entertained by Wrex at the recent Wales squad training day at the Racecourse. To alter things now would involve time and expense to rebrand this part of the Club’s image. Time and expense which is better spent elsewhere.

As this resolution directs the Board to act it requires a two thirds majority of those voting to be carried.

FOR = 71 VOTES

AGAINST = 213 VOTES

ABSTENTIONS = 19

RESOLUTION D WAS NOT CARRIED

RESOLUTION E

Summary: To increase facilities for wheelchair users as soon as possible

Proposer: Ian Parry and Nathan Davies

“The Society resolves that:

1. There is designated wheelchair and carer bays at the front of the Hays Travel stand.

2. That the club take action as soon as possible on further platforms as soon as funding is in place, and the plans have been passed by Wrexham Council and by the Safety Officer.

3. That these new facilities are not tied in to, or dependent upon, any other stadium redevelopments.

4. That the club meets minimum standards of accessibility at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Proposer’s background information:

It has come to our attention that Wrexham AFC, whether through a lack of finance, vision or compassion, have let the proposed building of further wheelchair viewing platforms become an infuriatingly long drawn out and laborious, unfinished, process.

Since the opening of the inaugural platform in 2015 by Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Wrexham AFC has had an abundance of positive nationwide publicity regarding this new facility for disabled fans. However, instead of striding forward and consolidating this with additional facilities, the club has rested on its laurels and appears content to sit back and accept the plaudits for achieving the implementation of a single solitary wheelchair viewing platform.

We believe that rather than this be the minimum requirement it should have indeed been a catalyst for further development and an opportunity to show many other clubs how to accommodate and welcome disabled supporters.

The official capacity of My Racecourse is quoted as 10,500 and according to the recently published “Green Guide” it states that “there should be 100 wheelchair spaces in a venue of 10,000 or more seats” At the moment My Racecourse has 6 designated wheelchair spaces on the wheelchair viewing platform, whilst the other “designated” wheelchair spaces are in fact seats designed for able bodied supporters where wheelchair users are expected to comfortably position themselves; more often with a carer squeezing in alongside.

Many disabled Wrexham fans attend matches in all weather conditions and deserve at least the basic right of shelter. Additional and improved disabled viewing facilities would show that the club does indeed care, recognises and appreciates their dedicated support.

We note that the club originally applied for funding for 3 platforms at £18,000 each in

2014/15.

Society Board’s Background Information:

Although there are some inaccuracies in the Proposer’s background information (and this is not as straightforward a matter as it might initially appear), the Society Board shares the disappointment that facilities for disabled supporters have not improved as quickly as we would all wish. Rather than dwell on why that might be, the Society Board wishes to reinvigorate this work as soon as possible. To that end they intend to invite relevant stakeholders to the first full Society Board meeting after the AGM with a view to establishing a timetable for progress including discussing the options to achieve the aims of this resolution; identifying the key personnel responsible for taking matters forward (including clearly defining roles and responsibilities) and setting milestones for reviewing and delivering this important work. The responsibility for submitting plans and obtaining approval remains with WAFC.

As this resolution directs the Board to act it requires a two thirds majority of those voting to be carried.

FOR = 235 VOTES

AGAINST = 48 VOTES

ABSTENTIONS = 21

RESOLUTION E WAS CARRIED

RESOLUTION F

Summary: To enable the Society Board to properly consider any investment that would change the capital structure of Wrexham AFC Limited (WAFC) which results in the Society no longer owning one hundred percent of the WAFC share capital, the Society Board has prepared an investment approval gate process (“the Gate Approval Process”) and a set of criteria which they will apply to determine any credible investment approach.

Proposer: The Society Board

“The Society resolves to approve the following general direction and guidance for the Board:

1.      That the Society Board may enter into non-binding discussions with investors who on the face of the approach merit further consideration.

2.      That the Society Board propose that a formal review process is carried out and will make all reasonable endeavours in order to establish that the following set criteria is met:

        • WST member funds are not wasted on non-credible approaches
  • Our confidential information is protected
  • The proposed investment is in line with the objects of the society
  • The investment proposal is genuine and actually funded
  • The investment will not lead to an involuntary loss of the WST control of WAFC
  • All the funds promised are actually delivered
  • Any investment will be utilised for WAFC
  • The investment terms are commercially acceptable and are approved by the members
  • Any other relevant considerations

3.      Prior to requiring the members of society to vote upon acceptance of the investment, the Society Board will carefully consider the investment proposal against the set criteria following the process set out in the Gate Approval Process:

The Gate Approval Process

1 Approach to Society Board

2 Signing of a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

      All members of any consortium must be disclosed and sign NDA prior to any discussions taking place

      Society board to formulate investor NDA which will include a significant ‘Material Loss’ Clause

3 Initial Meeting with investor(s)

      If applicable the Society Board may nominate specialist individuals or a delegation of the Society Board to represent its interests in any stage of talks with potential investor(s)

      The initial meeting objective is to generate the understanding of the investor(s) intentions & proposal including funding model & vehicle(s) to do it

      The Society Board representatives will prepare a feedback report for the Society Board

4 Trust Board Review the investment proposal

      Review and clarification of understanding of intention

      Identify points of further clarification

5 Covering expenditure of the Society and its representatives

      At this point to ensure that any investment approach is genuine, the Society Board is to require a deposit of £5,000 from the investor(s) -the amount subject to rpi inflation as of June each year as published by the Office for National Statistics - into a nominated client account to cover reasonable expenses incurred by the society or its representatives

6 Follow up meeting with investor(s)

      Follow up points of clarification with investor(s)

Note: steps 4 and 6 may be an iterative process until the Society Board is satisfied that it understands the intention of the investor(s) and their funding model

7 Proof of funding & Business Plan

      Submission of Business plan by investor(s)

      Proof of funding required

8 Society Board Decision

      Decision to proceed further with gate approval process Yes/No

9 Disclosure of names of investors to membership (if investment vehicle is a company then it will be all the shareholders in any chain of companies)

10 Heads of Terms Agreed

11 Due Diligence at investors cost

12 Society Board to call an extraordinary general meeting (EGM)

      EGM costs to be covered by investor(s)

      EGM would include:

      a chronology of events produced by the Society Board 

      A risk analysis by Society Board and/or professional advisors

      A Society Board recommendation to accept or reject the offer Yes/No

13 EGM with presentation by investor(s) & Society Board

14 Enact decision of EGM”

Proposer’s background information:

The improvements made by the Society in the financial position of Wrexham AFC since 2011 and the acquisition of the business, trade and assets used in the operation of the Racecourse Ground make Wrexham AFC a much more attractive business than that which we inherited.

The Society Board was approached by a member concerned about how the Society would deal with any investment approach given the improved business position. The Society Board believed that the member’s concern had merit, has taken legal advice and embodied the spirit of those concerns in the general direction and guidance for the Society Board set out in the Gate Approval Process and the set criteria.

This resolution is a non-binding resolution to assist the Society Board in taking into account members’ views when considering approaches from potential investors in WAFC.

The acceptance of any investment into WAFC will ultimately be a matter to be decided upon by the members of Society, the proposed resolution does not authorise the Society Board to agree to or accept any investment into WAFC.

FOR = 292 VOTES

AGAINST = 2 VOTES

ABSTENTIONS = 5

RESOLUTION F WAS CARRIED

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The AGM

A final reminder to all members that the Trust AGM takes place tomorrow night in the Centenary Club starting at 7.30pm. As well as announcing the results of the board elections and voting on this year’s resolutions, there will be presentations on the forthcoming seasons Club budget as well as the strategy going forward. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions of your board. All members are welcome to attend. Hopefully we will see you there.

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WST AGM 2018 -UPDATE

Club Members are reminded that the WST AGM will be held at The Centenary Club, on Monday, June 25th starting at 7:30pm.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1. Approval of Minutes from 2017 Annual General Meeting
2. Chairman’s Report
3. Result of election to the Trust Board
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Reappointment of Auditors
6. Outline of budget for Wrexham AFC Limited season 2018/19
7. Voting on resolutions
8. Any Other Business

Voting on elections to the board and resolutions is now open.

This year there are four vacancies on the Trust Board and seven candidates. These are important positions on what is the governing body of Wrexham AFC and we would strongly encourage all members to cast their vote. Preferably online.

You can read the candidates’ statements HERE and exercise your vote HERE

Voting closes at midday on Friday 22nd June. 


 

UPDATE: The WST Accounts for 2017 are now available HERE

If anyone has any questions regarding the accounts, can they contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

 

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