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Further information about the Hot Pot Supper with Joey and Mickey

Further to our earlier announcement, we now have a downloadable copy of our poster to advertise the event. Please feel free to download this and spread the word about an event that is sure to be talked about for some time.

Hot Pot Supper

Click HERE to download a Poster
We've already taken a number of early bookings so interest is looking strong.

Remember, the added bonus will be that #BTB will be the beneficiary.

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A Night with Joey & Mickey

Wrexham Supporters Trust are pleased to announce an evening with two Wrexham AFC legends Mickey Thomas and Joey Jones on Friday 17th November at the Centenary Club from 7 p.m.

The cost of this must be at evening, which also includes a Comedian and a hotpot supper, is just £20. All proceeds from the evening being donated to the BUILD THE BUDGET campaign.

To book your ticket call in at the Club Shop or go to http://wfcshop.wst.org.uk/w-s-an-evening-with-joey-mickey.html or if you wish to reserve a table please email fundraising at 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.">

Joey and Mickey

We hope to see you, for what promises to be an amazing nights entertainment.

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France vs Wales

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Wrexham Supporters Trust are running a coach to Paris for the France v. Wakes friendly match at the Stade De France on Friday 10th November 2017.

The visit to the French capital will bring back memories to many fans of the Euros 2016, but this time a visit, albeit twelve months too late, is to where the Euro 16 final took place, is to meet our hosts from that memorable tournament, France, in a stadium that holds 81,340.

Our coach will be depart from the Racecourse, outside the Turf at 4am on Friday morning 10th November, and travel to Dover for the ferry over to France.

After our brief ferry journey we will continue travelling to Paris by coach and book into our hotel for two nights, the Holiday Inn at Marnee Le Vallee before being transported to the match for the 9pm (Local time) kick-off.

Those travelling will then have all day Saturday free to explore Paris before returning home on the Sunday, departing the hotel at 9am.

We are looking to arrive back in Wrexham on the Sunday evening around 8pm.

If you wish to book your seat(s) on the coach then you can do so by through the Wrexham AFC web site at

https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?presenter=TLWREXHAMAFC&venue=&event=1718TC02

The cost is £185 per person sharing. We are afraid that there are no single supplements.

All details are subject to confirmation.

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Racecourse Update

racecourse arial 1On Tuesday representatives of the Board of Wrexham AFC met members of the Welsh Government along with other AMs, government officials, Wrexham Council and Glyndwr University in Cardiff Bay to talk about our ambitious vision for the future of the Racecourse Ground to include a National Football Museum.

We were very pleased with a great turnout of AMs despite a long session in the Assembly Chamber who heard our presentation and were especially grateful to Wrexham Council and Glyndwr University, who both sent representatives to the meeting ensuring we had all of the key stakeholders present for the session.

The presentation made by directors was very well received. Our plans are at a very early stage but rest assured that we are continuing to work behind the scenes to achieve a redeveloped Racecourse Ground for the whole of North Wales.

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Dementia Friendly Wrexham

Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friendly Communities programme helps to inspire and guide the creation of dementia-friendly communities across the UK.
We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included, and that they can confidently contribute to community life.

Dementia1Everyone, from governments and health boards, to the local corner shop and hairdresser, have a responsibility to make sure people with dementia feel active, engaged and valued.

In December 2016, Wrexham AFC received official status from Alzheimer’s Society and recognised for our work in becoming a Dementia Friendly Community. To retain this official status, the club entered into an agreed action plan to be completed in time to receive another 12 months of official recognition. One of those actions was completed on Monday, October 2nd when the playing squad attended a Dementia Friends session in the board room at The Racecourse.

Dementia2It was humbling to see young players engaging during the session delivered by Joanne Lane, the dementia friendly community coordinator for North Wales and supported by club owner, Dave Mainwairing. Equally as humbling was seeing club photographer – Jim Roberts – appreciating the importance of dementia awareness at WAFC, and showing his support for this amazing initiative. In this photo, we can see how Joanne delivers the sessions in a fun and informal way that keeps everyone’s attention throughout. The sessions last for less than one hour and are delivered periodically at The Racecourse. Details of these will be announced as and when dates are confirmed

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Coffee with Keates

Continuing to show our support for MacMillan Cancer Support, Wrexham AFC held it’s coffee morning on Friday, 29th September. We opted for a more relaxed and comfortable venue this year so instead of having the opportunity to have a brew while watching the squad train at 9 Acre, the Centenary Club provided a warm and comfortable alternative with the squad joining us after they had finished their preparation for the Sutton United game.

Coffee1A big thank you must go to you amazing people that took the time to bake cakes to help with our fundraising and make the event such a success. Dozens of people turned up to show their support and the total raised for the day was well over £250.

This year’s event was a real community effort. Organiser and WST board member, Stuart Roberts was approached by staff and pupils from Dodds Lane Student Centre, Wrexham’s Pupil Referral Service. It was obvious that the pupils, although may have had a difficult time in their schools, were extremely passionate about fundraising and raising awareness within the community. Ceris Walker, a football club owner, introduced the two young men to Stuart during a meeting in the football club board room. They explained about the unit and what they had previously done to raise funds for Jaxon Langford, a young boy who unfortunately lost his fight against neuroblastoma recently. It was a pleasure to work with these young people and sincere thanks must go to them all for being so enthusiastic, polite and respectful throughout.

Finally, thank you to the volunteers who turned up on the day to ensure that the event ran smoothly and everyone there got a slice of cake and a hot brew. Our great club would not be the same without you!

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Team heads North and Directors head South

wafc1864Whilst the team heads North on Tuesday to take on FC Halifax, representatives of the Board of Wrexham AFC will forgo the match and head South to Cardiff Bay for a meeting with members of the Welsh Assembly Government (including cabinet secretaries Ken Skates and Lesley Griffiths) along with other AMs, government officials, Wrexham Council and Glyndwr University.

The purpose of the meeting, facilitated by North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd, is to discuss the future redevelopment of the Racecourse Ground and achieve the best possible outcome for the region, the town and sporting excellence in the community. Presentations by Wrexham club directors will bring to life an ambitious vision for this regionally significant stadium and its potential to kickstart a positive regeneration of this important gateway to the North’s largest town.

In the two year budget announced on Sunday 1st October, provision has been made by the Welsh Assembly Government for a North Wales based national football museum. As North-East Wales is the only part of the country without a national museum and, with Wrexham being the birthplace of football in Wales, it is a logical solution to locate a museum at the Racecourse Ground as part of a wider development of the stadium.

Directors of the club will set out an ambitious vision for the future that would create more jobs and opportunities for the area and attract more people to the town. Director Spencer Harris said “There is a fantastic opportunity here for the leaders of our National Government to help us create something the region can be proud of. The Racecourse can serve the needs of North and Mid Wales and deliver sporting and cultural accessibility to all parts of the country. We have had a very positive reaction from both the local authority and Glyndwr University and hope to build on that momentum with Welsh Government. Having a four sided stadium with facilities that enables us to generate more income on a ‘non-match day’ is essential for the Racecourse to prosper.”

We are hopefully of a positive result both North and South on the same evening.

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Junior and Youth Dragons Half Term Bowling Bash

59c555666f8ec IMG 1990The Junior and Youth Dragons will be holding a half term bowling bash at Tenpin, Eagles Meadow on Wednesday, 1st November. The event will kick off at 2pm with some tasty food at Nando’s before heading for the bowling lanes at Tenpin, where they will compete against members of the first team squad.

59c5556693d47 IMG 1957Tickets for this event can be purchased from the club shop at a cost of £8.50 per child, the price of which includes a Nando’s kids meal and one game of bowling. Tickets are limited in number and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Please remember to take your child’s Junior or Youth Dragon membership card to the club shop with you when purchasing your ticket. If your child is not currently a member of the Junior Dragons but would like to attend they can be signed up at the club shop or online.

All children will need to be supervised by an adult for the duration of the event. The event should be finished by 4pm. Please note that photographs will be taken on the day and shared on social media and in the local press.

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Coffee with Keates

macmillanFar too many people have been affected by cancer in one way or another. MacMillan Cancer Support knows how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So, they’re here to support us and help us take back some control of our life. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, they’re there.

On Friday 29th September Wrexham AFC will be fundraising to help with this tremendous work. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone it raised £25 million and this year we are aiming to raise even more.

The coffee morning will be held in The Centenary Club at The Racecourse Ground from 11am until 2pm. Team manager, Dean Keates and his squad will be in attendance after they finish training so why not pop down and have a brew with us?

To make this event a success we are asking for donations of cakes to help with the fundraising. If you would like to donate please contact Stuart Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange drop off or collection from your home address.

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WST Members meeting report of 19/09/2017

The bi monthly WST members meeting took place on Tuesday evening in the 1864 Suite when first team coach Carl Darlington was the special guest.


Coach Carl
CDCarl provided a fascinating account of his career in coaching when questioned by Calon FM’s Dragon Heart presenter Kingsley Evans. Having been taken to the Racecourse as young boy, it was clear that Carl has remained a fan of his hometown club ever since being a spectator on the Kop throughout his childhood. His favourite player, although a difficult choice, was Gareth Owen for his “energy box to box style and way he could strike a ball but don’t tell him that!”. The best player he had ever seen at the Cae Ras was “probably Paul Merson”.

Childhood
Although he played as a youth Carl admitted he “wasn’t a great player” but was picked for the Aston Villa development squad training locally but as when he was poached by Crewe, he found the travelling difficult. And so, he ended up (wait for it….) at Chester where he was friends with Darren Moss who was eventually offered the one scholarship on offer. He “wasn’t too disappointed as his heart wasn’t really in it” at that time but, aged 24, he decided to return to football first as a player with Holywell Town and it was there that, by chance, he got into coaching helping with the youth teams and “coaching found me”. Encouraged by his father, he studied for badges and spent three months in the United States coaching college sides, something he loved and returned there for the next three years.

Current role
Carl has been the Head of Coach Education for The FA Wales Trust for the last 13 years and explained his role in facilitating coach training including the UEFA Pro licence course and the many famous faces, including Thierry Henry, Roberto Martinez and the assistant manager at Man City who had attended them. It was clear that Carl had a developed a network with some of the most prominent coaches in Europe. His job also involves player development with the Wales age group teams as well analysing the opposition faced by the Wales senior team.
Yesterday he was at Swansea speaking to Paul Clement. He has met Pep Guardiola twice and “having access to that level of knowledge is great and can only help here at Wrexham”.

Coaching journey
Carls involvement with local football continued firstly with Cefn Druids which was his first opportunity to coach at senior level. He said he owed then manager Dixie McNeil “a great deal”. He also coached there during the tenure of Waynne Phillips and Lee Jones.
Carl first met TNS manager Craig Harrison on one of the FAW courses and was invited to join him at Airbus. “Craig wanted to manage and didn’t think he could coach and I just wanted to coach” and the team finished higher than ever before.
Then TNS came calling. At first it was a struggle as they rebuilt the team and its style being 12 points behind at Christmas eventually finishing second securing European football. Carlls first experience of Europe was against the strong Irish outfit Bohemians. Having comfortably beaten them they next faced Anderlecht who brought a certain Mr Lukaku off the bench to score a hattrick. TNS went onto qualify for six successive seasons.

Wrexham
Carl’s first involvement with his hometown club came when he met Kevin Wilkin on a coaching course. And was invited to join as a coach.
Carl described the FA Cup tie at Stoke and the Carrington goal which he said was “right off the training pitch”. Peter Crouch later told him “you lot scared us that day!”. One of his lowest days in football though was the FA Trophy defeat to North Ferriby after being two nil up with 20 minutes to go. The audience shared his pain! After Kevin Wilkins departure, Carl took charge for the last 8 games of the season. The “proudest moment of my Dads life”!”
Although he did not want to be a manager he would have stayed at the club but Carl was not surprised when Gary Mills came in and wanted to appoint his own staff.
After a six month break he returned to TNS where they broke the world record for winning consecutive games which attracted worldwide media attention.

Wrexham again
When Dean Keates was appointed last October, he tried to persuade Carl to join him but Carl said that TNS had stood by him and he could not simply leave but, as we know, eventually re-joined the Dragons in the summer.
Carl described the “massive squad overhaul” which was similar to when he first joined TNS and brought in a new team. He was full of praise for the Portugal trip and thanked the club for supporting the re build. Carl was disappointed that there could not be any preseason home friendlies as “the first game of the season was a bit like an away game for some”.
Carl said that they try to watch the opposition at least three times and have brought in a sports scientist and now have GPS to track the miles the players are putting in. He said these were” big changes” and it “will take time” for them to bear fruit. People were working very hard – the players put in12-13 km per game “more than Liverpool”.
The emphasis had been on building a strong defence as the two-year contracts and 5 consecutive clean sheets showed. He said there was “still a lot to work to do” and that he and the team understood the passion of the fans and the ambition of the Club but cannot let themselves “get too high when they win or too low when they lose”. He didn’t listen to the “noise of social media”. An anxious crowd could affect the players and the first aim of an away side is to try to quieten the crowd and “it’s a fact that the team who score first win the match over 70% of the time”. He described Guiseley’s tactics after going ahead as “horrendous” and it was up to the ref to stop the time wasting.

The floor
In response to questions from the floor, Carl said that on match days he watched the game from the stands being in contact with Andy Davies and with the video analyst they produced clips to be played at half time to make points to the players.
Carl said, “we fear no one in this league” and will going all out for a win at Tranmere on Saturday.
When asked about the goal scoring so far, Carl said we had four centre forwards and Reid was still a young lad who they needed to give a rest to last Saturday. Holdroyd is getting back to full fitness after a long time out and both Massanka and Boden both had preseason injuries which effected their preparations and were still catching up fitness wise.
When asked about “hoofball” Carl said this was “not intentional!” It wasn’t part of their game plan and they wanted players to relax and pass it.
It was clear that Carl was frustrated with the standard of refereeing and quoted the series of error at Maidstone which led to the two sending’s off.
Asked about Welsh Premier League players, Carl said there were some who could play at this level and that he was keen on Scott Quigley who has now left TNS for Blackpool.
Asked about the Wales managers post, Carl said he hoped that Chris Coleman would stay but if he left he hoped they “kept it Welsh” explaining the legacy left by Gary Speed and carried on by Chris.
Asked about the youth department, Carl said Andy and Joey had done a great job and it was still producing players including two who were today with the Welsh under 17 squad.
The meeting thanked Carl who came across as an articulate, friendly, well-connected coach who was passionate about his home town club and was determined to see it succeed.

WST Board
The second half of the meeting consisted of a question and answer of the Trust Board.

Redevelopment
Asked about future redevelopment of the Racecourse, Spencer Harris said that they “would love to see the ground become a 15-20k capacity stadium”. The club had “come a long way from inheriting and then paying down the debt to recovering the ground by the 99-year lease. We don’t have millions of pounds to do it ourselves but are quietly building partnerships to try to get others excited about the idea as well”. He could not make any promises but Spencer said he and others were making a presentation to the Welsh Assembly in a couple of weeks “to set out a vision for the stadium”. It wasn’t easy as the ownership of the land around the Kop “had a complicated history” but “we are doing everything we can to turn this into a reality” and they had previously met with the Council (who supported the idea strongly but were not able to resource it) and members of the Government.
He said that they were shortly to consider plans for a second viewing platform. Steve Gilbert said the DSA said that they could access the funds to pay for it.

Build the Budget
Asked about the Build the Budget, the board said that the monies had made a difference and were in addition to the playing budget provided by the club and that “some money is still available”. That money will only be used for players.

Concerts
Asked about concerts and the profits made, it was said that a six-figure profit was in “the right ball park” and they are in discussions about doing the same next year hopefully earlier in the summer if possible.
The club are also in discussion about sponsorship of the MRS. “18,206 cars passed it every day and it was a marvellous opportunity for a sponsor”.
Asked about whether McDonalds were the potential buyers of the land, the board replied that they did not believe that to be the case.
It was hoped that the Club AGM could be held “this side of Christmas”.
Asked about the Director for the Day scheme, Richard Ulrich said that it was not just open to Facebook users - that had been just one method of selecting the winner.

Community
Mike Lewis and Colin Williams explained what was happening with the community side of things including seeking volunteers for various tasks and Junior Dragons events. Next will be the Christmas shop.

Fundraising
Paul Smith spoke about fundraising and that they would shortly be requesting prizes for the Christmas raffle. The Kop barriers sales (£300 each) were going well and he thanked Phil Salmon for his work with this – they were requesting photographs of the barriers in their new homes.

Membership
Richard Ulrich and Sarah Smith- Howard spoke about membership which stood at 3196 - up 12% since last year. They are exploring what further benefits could be added. Only a few membership cards remained to be sent out.

The Stadium
Phil Salmon explained the various jobs which had been going on around the ground. And at 9 Acre. He thanked the various local companies who had kindly donated services. Any fan who could help e.g. with painting or even weeding was asked to contact him.

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