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Director for the Day - Gateshead

DfD GatesheadOur Directors for the Day at the recent game against Gateshead were Aaron Jones and his son, Lloyd.

Lloyd said "Me and my Dad have had an amazing night at being a "Director for the Day", we couldn't have asked for a better host than Sarah (Smith Howard). As always she was amazing and made our experience the best you could have wished for and also a thank you to all the staff at Wrexham who treated us like royalty. We can't thank Sarah and Wrexham enough for the great night we had, to get the win made it even more special!"

Aaron was the lucky winner of a recent competition on the Wrexham Supporters Trust Facebook page for himself and a guest to experience being a "Director for the Day" at the Gateshead match. We will be running more competitions throughout the season, so head over to the Wrexham Supporters Trust Facebook page, give it a like and keep a look out for our next competition and you could also experience being a "Director for the Day" in the future!

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Reds in a Spin

Inspired by those intrepid cricketers who founded Wrexham AFC all those years ago, members of Buckley Reds and Mold Reds held a fundraising 20/20 cricket match at Buckley Cricket Club on Sunday afternoon.  With Flintshire bragging rights on the line, the crowd were treated to an entertaining display (not always intentionally) by both teams who contained players of varying “abilities” from good club cricketers to those who didn’t know their silly mid-off from their elbow. Undeterred by the frequent heavy downpours (is cricket supposed to be played in this weather?) Buckley won the toss and decided to bat first for no good reason other than their skipper was already padded up. Despite the efforts of the Mold bowlers and some enthusiastic fielding, Buckley piled on the runs and ended their 20 overs on 164 for 7.

It was then Mold’s turn to wield the willow and by now the heavens had truly opened which didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm but it was noted that the WST Secretary sneaked off the pitch with a mystery injury to avoid the deluge. Try as they might (assisted by some record breaking wides by the Buckley bowlers) the Mold men were always behind the eight ball (one of the shorter overs bowled) and ended up on 105 for 7 which left Buckley the victors. The match was played in great spirit and the real winner was the Build the Budget fund as with sponsorship, match fees, raffles and a mini race night, it looks like over £1200 was raised for the Club. Huge thanks are due to the organisers (especially Andy and Dave Kelsall) at both supporters’ groups, the players, race sponsors, prize givers and everyone associated with this very enjoyable event.

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Junior Dragons Enjoy Laser Combat Fun

59627607389a8 group shotThe Junior and Youth Dragons enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of Laser Combat on Sunday, 9th July, at Llandegla. Over 20 young Wrexham fans and parents attended the event on a beautifully sunny summers day on the moors.

The event involved players completing a series of team laser combat ‘missions’, and was enjoyed by the adults as much as the children! The red team were the overall winners of the day, which is hopefully a good omen for the new season!

Junior and Youth Dragon members that attended the event were entered into a free draw to be one of the mascots for a home game this season. Joseph Robinson , 11 years old, was the lucky winner and has chosen to lead the team out for the Bromley game on Saturday, 2nd September.

Our thanks go out to all children and adults that attended the event and to Llandegla Laser Combat for being such wonderful hosts. We will definitely be returning! 

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Opportunity For Co-Opted Revenue Generation WST Board Member

wst articleAs in past years, the Board of the Wrexham Supporters Trust are now seeking to add co-opted board members, with specific skill sets, to enhance and extend our capabilities. We require a member specifically to join our very successful Revenue Generating Team and be a co-opted board member for the 2017-18 season.

If any member wishes to be considered for this position, please e-mail Alan Fox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. setting out your relevant skills and experience and what you feel you would bring to the Revenue generating Team and the board.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make an important contribution to the success of Wrexham AFC.
If you wish to know more about the work of the Revenue Generating team in particular, then e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and with regard to the work of the board, please see the trust plan on the WST website or contact Alan Fox as above for further details.

The Closing date for applications for this position is midnight Monday 17th July 2017

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Supporters Summit 2017

20170701 104127The annual Supporters Summit took place on the weekend of 1st and 2nd July at St George's Park, Burton-Upon-Trent in conjunction with the Football Association. The summit is jointly held by the Football Supporters Federation, who include FSF Cymru, and Supporters Direct, who provided invaluable help to Wrexham Supporters Trust when the take over of Wrexham Football Club took place in 2011.

The event brings fans together from across the UK, from clubs and supporter organisations, to debate the issues at the heart of the game. The event provides an insight into these issues by providing informative work shops for these issues to be debated.

The work shops this year included in the morning session:

Preventing Child Abuse in Football, What Role Can Fans Play? - The role fans have to safeguard children participating in the game at all levels and how to create a supportive environment so that survivors feel comfortable reporting abuse. Speakers: Phil Frampton (White Flowers), Richard 

Scorer (Head of the abuse team at Slater Gordon solicitors), Kim Harrison (Principle solicitor at Slater Gordon) and David Lean (former professional footballer and Barry Bennell abuse survivor).
Regulatory reform - Following on from the opening session looking at some of the problems in the game this workshop will identify where there have been regulatory failings, what could have prevented them and what we can do about it. The session will identify and debate a wide-ranging set of proposals to improve the game.

Structured Dialogue (part 1) - The first of our sessions on structured dialogue will introduce the commitments and the joint findings from SD/FSF to see how structured dialogue at club level is working after the first season. We will hear how Fulham FC are embracing this opportunity, alongside plans to develop the current obligations in the professional and non-league game.

Video Assisted Refereeing - Neale Barry, Head of Senior Referee Development at the FA and former PL and EFL ref, will provide a presentation on how video technology will assist referees in the near future. It's a great chance for fans to understand when, where and why the technology will be called upon. Neale will also be summarising rule changes for the forthcoming season.

And the afternoon session:

Away Ticket Prices in the EFL - After the success of campaigns in the Premier League how can we tackle some of the eye watering ticket prices in the EFL? Where and how should the pressure be applied and what should supporters be aiming for.
Football Finance - Leading football executive Trevor Birch will give his unique insight into football finance and how he sees the game evolving with new owners, investment and money continuing to change the landscape.

Structured Dialogue (part 2) - The second structured dialogue session will focus on those more sensitive areas of confidentiality, finance and strategy which are essential to building trust between club leaders and their supporters. We will be joined by leading sports lawyers Gateley PLC as well as former West Ham Finance Director Nick Igoe to provide practical support to supporters at the sharp end of this process.

Supporter Takeovers - We will be joined by leading figures behind the Foundation of Hearts and Big Bath Bid groups which have led Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Bath City F.C. into supporter ownership, to consider what supporters looking to follow their path can learn and their plans for the future.

Watching Football Is Not a Crime! This is your opportunity to ask the industry experts for their views and opinions about matchday safety and football exclusive legislation. There will also be an opportunity for West Midlands Police to talk about their innovative work with problematic fans which looks at addressing their behaviour rather than simply resorting to the criminal justice system. Sgt Mick Wilkinson from the WMP Football Unit, Bob Eastwood from the English Football League and Tim Gant from the UK Football Policing Unit will be panellists hosted by FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks.

The event was opened by the Football Supporters Federation’s Chairman Malcolm Clarke, who was also the sole supporter representative on the FA Council. However, Malcolm announced at the Supporters Summit that Supporters Direct had selected Katrina Law as the second fan representative on the FA Council.

This appointment follows the FA's decision to double the number of supporter representatives on the FA Council as part of its commitment to reform.

Katrina is co-chair of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust and a member of Supporters Direct's England and Wales Football Council.

She has also been heavily involved in FSF activity in recent seasons, lobbying broadcasters for a better deal for match-going fans and supporting Twenty's Plenty, among other work.

Katrina stated: “It's an honour to be selected to represent supporters at this level. I'm looking forward to increasing the voice of match-going fans on the issues that matter to them, and to positively contributing to a more inclusive, modern and representative FA Council,”

Supporters Direct chief executive Ashley Brown said Katrina would be a fair and strong representative of supporters. "Katrina will work closely with Malcolm and help continue the great work he has been carrying out on behalf of football fans," said Ashley.

Following the opening plenary, Ashley Brown, Chair of Portsmouth Supporters Trust, introduced a session on ‘Club’s in Crisis’. He stated that Portsmouth had once been a ‘Club in Crisis’, but had now moved on to becoming a fan owned club, whose members recently agreed to the sale of the club to American billionaire Michael Eisner.

Ashley went on to introduce Supporters’ Trust representatives from Leyton Orient (LOFT), Blackpool (BST) and Coventry City (SKY Blues Trust) who all shared there experiences of working every spare hour to saving there club’s. The fight against Italian owner Francesco Benchetti to save Orient is over, but was well explained by Mat Roper and Adam Michaelson. However, the fight still continues for Blackpool, whose owners are currently in a court case over £11 million that they are accused of taking from club funds following the Seasiders' cash-rich promotion to the Premier League.

Andy Higgins from Blackpool Supporters Trust informed the summit that the Oyston’s actually employ there own “defamation squad” who search the internet for fans who abuse and threaten the Oystons on line. He added that there had been 95+ court cases made against fans, most of which have been settled out of court.

In the mean time the owners drive around mocking the fans with “Oyston Out” number plates on their cars, whilst using the club web site to “goad and cajole fans”. Blackpool Supporters Trust continue to advise members to boycott home games, whilst supporting the team away from home.

Coventry City are in a similar situation to Blackpool, and Sky Blues Trust representative Roger Ellis, who explained the ownership problem with the Ricoh Stadium and the club’s owners SISU.

Having returned to the Ricoh last year, the club only have one season left playing at the stadium, which is now owned by Wasps Rugby Club. Despite this the owners are selling any assets the club have, top players, and more recently the club’s training ground at Ryton, which was purchased in the early 1960s under Jimmy Hill’s tenure. 75 houses are proposed to be built on the site.

Coventry’s owners still refuse to open talks with the Sky Blues Trust, whose members, like BST, refuse to attend home games, but travel away. Roger accused the owners of having no respect for the tradition of the game; the importance of the club to the local community; no respect for supporters, who they regard as customers; but more interested in finance and not fans. Ironically, Coventry City have just appointed Dave Boddy as the club’s new chief executive - a man who was recently Chairman of Worcester City, who sold the club’s St. George’s Ground, and are now homeless.

The fight for Coventry City continues, as does for other club’s in crisis such as Blackburn Rovers, and more recently Torquay United. The situations at these club’s bring back so many memories of Wrexham Supporters’ Trusts fight to save our club. Where as Orient have had an amiable take over, the fight goes on for Blackpool and Coventry.

One work shop that saw the name of Wrexham Football Club raised was the Watching Football Is Not a Crime! The panel consisted of Sgt Mick Wilkinson from the West Midlands Police Football Unit, Bob Eastwood from the English Football League; Tim Gant from the UK Football Policing Unit and hosted by FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks.

The question of safe transport (Bubble) to matches between Wrexham and Chester was raised. The panel were asked for there opinion and experience of bubble matches. The whole panel agreed that this method was draconian, and that it was the only one left in the country. One panelist even stated that the only reason for this was “lazy policing”.

Sgt Mick Wilkinson whose involvement includes ‘derby’ matches at Wolves; Birmingham City; Aston Villa; West Bromwich Albion etc said that the majority of fans behave well, but those in the minority should be dealt with firmly, and if convicted long time banning orders should be imposed. Fans must be clearly made aware of the consequences if they misbehave. Amanda Jacks even questioned the legality of it.

The Chair of the Blues Trust stated that Birmingham City fans organise there own transport from pubs where fans can enjoy the pre-match atmosphere. He said that it had worked well last season with families enjoying the day out.

Trusts from Brighton and Crystal Palace have already met up about setting up fan zones for fans for the matches between the two club’s this coming season. Talks continue between the two sets of supporters to make it a successful day to remember.

The day closed with journalist, author and the Guardian's investigative reporter who once helped highlight Wrexham' s plight, David Conn.

An excellent speech included highlighting of the recent verdict on Hillsborough on which he reported. He added one poignant piece of information in that of the 96 who perished, he had counted 68 siblings, one of whom was just one when Hillsborough happened, and who was 28 now, having lived there life growing up under the fight for Justice for the 96, but the strength, determination and perseverance of all those concerned has seen justice happen for them.

David concluded his speech with praising those members and volunteers of Supporters Trust's who work tirelessly for there club's no strings attached and for free.

We at Wrexham are fortunate to have such a high quality of members and volunteers who work tirelessly for Wrexham AFC. We are thankful to them all.

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Junior and Youth Dragons Laser Combat

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Our Junior and Youth Dragons Llandegla Laser Combat event on Sunday, 9th July, is now just a few days away and we still have tickets, priced at just £7 available in the club shop.

This event is open to all members of the Junior and Youth Dragons that are aged 7 - 16 years old. Tickets cost £7 per child and are now on sale at the club shop. Parents and guardians who would like to join in are welcome to, but will also need to purchase a ticket. All tickets must be purchased by 5pm on Friday, 7th July and be paid for in cash only. Children who are not yet club members are welcome to sign up for just £5 at the club shop.

Junior and Youth Dragon members who attend this event will also be put into a free draw for a chance to be one of the mascots for the opening home game of the season!

Upon arrival at 12:30pm, children will receive a full safety briefing before enjoying a 2 hour laser combat session, completing various fun ‘missions’ and games across the specially designed site. There will also be a 30 minute break in the middle of the session where children can have a rest and refreshments (these will need to be brought with them). The event should be finished by 3:30pm.

Attending children will need to wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather conditions, with the Laser Combat website recommending that children wear old long sleeve tops and trousers with fastened trainers, shoes or wellies (no flip flops!). All other equipment is provided by Laser Combat at no extra cost. Children will also need a responsible adult to be on the site for the duration of the event.

Directions: From Wrexham, follow A525 towards Ruthin for around 7 miles pass the Moors Inn, DRIVE PAST laser combat site, pass the fisheries and take next left for Llandegla Forest/One Planet Adventure. Drive to top of hill and turn left. Laser Combat car park at end of drive.

More information about Llandegla Laser Combat can be found by visiting their website at http://www.llandeglalasercombat.com/

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WST AGM 2017 Election and Resolution Results

Thursdays AGM saw the announcement of the results in the Trust Board elections. There were 9 candidates for 8 vacancies. Ben Harrison of the Tranmere Rovers Trust (and independent chair of the election management group) announced the results as follows:-

HARRIS, Spencer 238
JONES, Gavin 224
JONES, Mark 196
JONES, Peter 237
LEWIS, Mike 215
MACDOUGALL, Mark 86
MILLS, John 246
SMITH – HOWARD, Sarah 221
ULRICH, Richard 224

 

Spencer Harris, Gavin Jones, Mark Jones, Peter Jones, Mike Lewis, John Mills, Sarah Smith-Howard and Richard Ulrich were duly elected. They join existing Board members Mark Williams, Paul Smith, Stuart Roberts and Anita Robinson to form the elected WST Board 2017-18. The positions of chair, vice chair, treasurer and independent secretary and any co-opted positions will be decided at the next Board meeting to be held on 6 July.

We thank everyone who stood in the election and the election management group who oversaw it.

Resolutions

The voting on the resolutions went as follows: -

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 2017 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 2017 AGM up to the 2018 AGM”. 

For = 181, Against = 1

This resolution 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 2017 financial year.”

For = 182, Against = 3

This resolution was carried

RESOLUTION C

Summary: To authorise the creation of WST Events Ltd

Proposer: The Society Board

“The Society resolves that the Society Board creates a separate company to be called WST Events Ltd (to be a 100% subsidiary of Wrexham Supporters Trust) to be the body that organises and directs future stadium events on behalf of the Trust and Wrexham AFC Limited.”

For = 184, Against = 1, Abstained = 1

This resolution was carried

RESOLUTION D

Summary: To revoke the appointment of Neville Dickens as a Vice President of Wrexham AFC


Proposed:  by Phil Davies and Adrian Bryan


“The Society resolves to direct the Board to revoke the awarding to Neville Dickens of a life Vice Presidency of Wrexham Association Football Club”.

For = 144, Against = 22, Abstained = 12

This resolution was carried

RESOLUTION E

Summary: To amend the Society Rules concerning the appointment of directors to the board of Wrexham AFC Limited.

Proposed by: Adrian Bryan and Phil Davies

“The Society resolves to amend Rule 28.3. of the Society Rules regarding the appointment of society and non-society directors to the Club Board

SEE AGM PACK FOR FULL DETAILS

For = 52, Against = 126, Abstained = 4

This resolution was not carried

RESOLUTION F

Summary: To convert lease costs into share capital in WST Assets Ltd

Proposer: The Society Board

“The Society resolves that immediately following the 2017 Annual General Meeting, the Society Board be authorised to convert the costs incurred in securing the lease on the Racecourse Ground into share capital in WST Assets Limited"

For = 180, Against = 1, Abstained = 2

This resolution was carried

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Time is running out.........

 Time is running out to vote online in this years Board elections and concerning the resolutions. Online voting closes at midday Tuesday 27 June. It easy to vote online and its important that members exercise their right to do so. And so if you haven't voted yet, please do so using the links on the website http://wst.org.uk/www3/index.php/component/k2/item/5238-reminder

We hope to see you at the AGM on Thursday 29 June.

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