This year Wrexham Football Club celebrate its 150th Anniversary, and the club is organising a number of events to celebrate this occasion, as well as raising much needed funds for the club. The club is 100% owned by its fans.
For the past three years Wrexham fans have climbed to the highest point in Wales, Snowdon, as a fundraiser, raising close to £40,000. However, this year we are limiting the number of Wrexham fans making the walk to just 150.
The reason for this limit is that we are looking for 150 other Supporters Trusts or Supporters groups across the country to join Wrexham fans on the walk to raise funds for their own organisation.
Wrexham Supporters Trust Chairman, Peter Jones, invited fans from across the UK to join the Wrexham walk this year, saying “We believe strongly in the fans-ownership model for football, and want to help other supporters trusts to share in the historic anniversary that Wrexham Football Club is celebrating this year. Walking up Snowdon has become a landmark event in our recent journey as a supporters trust, and we would be delighted if 150 other groups could join us this year”
The walk is to take place on Sunday 29th June 2014, and the ascent will start from the Pen-Y-Pass car park up the Miners Track route at 10am. Wrexham Supporters Trust will put on coaches departing from Wrexham at 8am, as there is minimal parking at the Pen-Y-Pass car park.
Those taking part will need to be reasonably fit and healthy. However, please remember that this is not a race to the top! And we encourage everyone to take there time walking up; and stopping to have rests when needed. Please note that at times you are required to scramble up rocks! The walk takes between three and four hours to reach the top, and between two and a half and three hours to descend.
As well as wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear, we would ask that everyone wear the football shirt of his or her team for an unforgettable photograph opportunity at the top of Snowdon.
Enjoying the hospitality of the Boardroom at the recent Dartford game were WST members Derek Roberts from Wrexham and Huw Ifor Huws from Bala. As the latest winners of the Director of the Day, the pair were hosted by WST Board Member Terry Stott and enjoyed the experience of watching the game from the Directors Box.
'Many thanks for an enjoyable afternoon on Saturday. Other than the match itself of course! You were the perfect host and I was impressed with the level of the hospitality throughout. It was good to meet so many peope who obviously care so much about our club. The directors and others I met on the day gave me a very warm welcome.
I feel very fortunate to have had my name drawn out of the hat for this "Director for the day" experience. I hope that the trust continues with this as it is certainly a worthwhile venture and gives the sense that we really are a fans owned club. It is commendable that you and many others give so freely of their time and expertise.
I am only sorry that I was unable to stay long enough to meet some of the team at the Man of the match presentation.
Once again I should like to thank you and everyone else involved for such a warm welcome on what was a cold and dismal day. The ground staff did an excellent job ensuring that the match could be payed. I hope the weather is kinder tomorrow for the Hereford match and that we have a better result.
'I was feeling a little apprehensive yesterday but instantly Terry Stott made me feel at ease, Don Bircham, Spencer Harris and the rest of the board were fantastic and it was nice to see that the prawn sandwich brigade is far away from Wrexham football club which is a breath of fresh air. The passion showed when watching the game is a far way from the board zoom ins we sometimes see on match of the day. I was disgusted to see that the WST have not invested in double glazing to protect their precious board members. The only negative on the day was the weather and result unfortunately.
Thank you very much.
Huw Ifor Huws'
WREXHAM AFC FORMER PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
The World Famous Glam Rock Band
Led by Wrexham Fan Born and Bred
“A Football Club is the lifeblood of a Town or
City, and I just thought I had to help Wrexham.”
At The Lion Quays on
Friday 14th February 2014
Cost £40pp includes 3 course dinner and welcome drink
Gentleman Dress Code - Lounge Suits
Concessions for overnight stay - contact Graham ‘Os’ Jones
To book tickets please make all cheques payable to
Wrexham FC Former Players Association and send or deliver to
The Club Shop, The Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham.
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing away of yet another former Wrexham player last night. Dave Campbell, who was 66, played for Wrexham for three seasons in the mid 60’s having been snapped up by Wrexham manager Ken Barnes after Dave had been released by Manchester United.
Born on 18th February 1947, Dave began playing football in his native town of Wrexham for Rhosddu Junior and Victoria Secondary Modern schools, followed by Yale Grammar School, and whilst at school he was also selected to represent Wrexham and District Schoolboys. At 15 years-old Dave left school, and attended the Technical College in Wrexham on a Plumbers' course.
As for football, he signed amateur forms for Druids United, who had a strong connection at that time with Manchester United. He had only played around eight or nine games for Druids when he was invited to join the groundstaff and become a ‘Busby Babe’ at Old Trafford in 1963. His first match for United was a 'B' match at Everton's Belfield training ground, with George Best playing in the same side.
Dave was to progress through the youth ranks with United, and also played one reserve match in the Central League. However, at the end of the 1963/64 season he was disappointingly told by United boss Matt Busby that he did not consider him good enough, but Busby did contact Wrexham manager Ken Barnes to recommend Dave to him.
Although disillusioned by his release, and still only seventeen years-old, Dave joined the groundstaff at Wrexham in May 1964, initially as an amateur. He then progressed by playing regular reserve team football at the Racecourse, doing enough to earn a first team call up for his debut at Hartlepool United in April 1965, but despite a 1-0 defeat, a month later he signed professional terms.
Dave was to make one further League appearance that season, but he did turn out in the 1965 Welsh Cup Final against a Cardiff City side who included Welsh legends John Charles and Ivor Allchurch, as they beat Wrexham 3-0 at Shrewsbury's Gay Meadow ground.
1965/66 saw Dave playing regularly on the left wing, but overall it was a disappointing season for Wrexham as the club finished 92nd in the Football League and had to seek re-election for the only time in the club's history. However, Dave was to make club history that season when he became the first ever player to come on as an official substitute in a Football League match, in a 2-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers, when he replaced Martyn King.
With the club re-elected and a new manager, Jack Rowley, at the helm Dave was to find his first team chances limited, as injury kept him sidelined for most of the 1966/67 season, and it wasn't until March that he returned to the action. That meant he returned in time to play in the 1967 Welsh Cup Final, again in opposition to Cardiff City, which Wrexham were to agonisingly lose 4-3 on aggregate.
At the end of the season new manager, Alvan Williams, decided to release Dave after he’d made 49 appearances for the ‘Robins’ scoring seven goals. His name was circulated around other clubs, and in the close season of 1967 he joined Southern League side Corby Town. He spent one season with ‘The Steelmen’ where he played alongside a young Dixie McNeil. Whilst there Dave initially took up work on a building site, before being employed at the local steelworks.
However, he returned to the Wrexham area and signed for Bangor City towards the end of the 1967/68 season. His stay at Farrar Road was short, as he joined Caernarvon Town in September 1968, remaining at the Oval until March 1969 when he joined Prestatyn until the end of the season.
Dave did not play football again for three years, but he returned to the game to turn out for Overton in the Welsh National League in 1972, playing about five games before suffering a knee injury in a game that was to end his playing career. Dave was to later help establish the ‘Acton’ public house Sunday football team, before later managing the ‘Gate’, Wrexham area Sunday team. He later took up coaching youngsters in Garden Village before going on to help with the youths at Lex XI.
Dave worked at a number of local factories in the Wrexham area before a car accident left him suffering with spondilos, and he spent much of his later life confined to a wheelchair in his home in Rhosddu where he resided.
Everyone at Wrexham Football Club would like to pass on their sincere condolences to Dave’s family and friends at this very sad time.