My name is Richard Ulrich, I am 41 years old and I was born in Wrexham and I have lived here all of my life. I am currently in a relationship with my girlfriend of five and a half years, I am employed as a Senior Analyst for a financial company that has offices in Wrexham and worldwide. I am a very passionate lifelong supporter of Wrexham AFC after being taken to my first match at around the age of six by my Dad. As I got older, I then started to attend matches with mates from school where we would stand at the back of The Kop and join in singing along with Jacko and the rest of the fans. My all-time favourite player is Gary Bennett and I have been lucky enough to meet the legend himself.
I am a season ticket holder in the Mold Road Stand where I moved to sit after The Kop was sadly closed. I have been a member of the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust for around 15 years now and I have always tried to attend every members meeting and AGM where possible as I believe that getting involved is the key to the future success of Wrexham AFC and that is why I also decided to contribute to the Community Share Scheme. Thursday 28th July 2011 is a date that will forever stick in my mind and from that date onwards, I have offered my services to the WST and Wrexham AFC at every opportunity. You may recall on that date it had been announced that the players had not been paid and that the pre-season friendly games against Colwyn Bay and Vauxhall Motors had been cancelled. At that point I began to be very concerned about the future of our club and knew that something had to be done and that it was time to stand up and fight for our beloved Wrexham AFC.
I went to The Turf to ask if I could organise a meeting of supporters that evening which they agreed to. I then called or text every Wrexham fan in my phone book and I also put an appeal out on Red Passion for as many fans as possible to attend The Turf that evening. Around 60 to 70 fans turned up and although there were some heated discussions, it was a roaring success and we sent a bucket around everyone to ask for donations towards the players wages and I think that we raised around £460. It all snowballed from there really and a further meeting was arranged for the Saturday afternoon at the Wrexham Lager Club where even more fans turned up which led to a march around town by fans with buckets asking fans for donations. I think there was over £2,000 raised over that weekend to go towards the players wages.
Then came ‘Fans Bond Day’ on 9th August, which is also my birthday! I was out of work at the time after being made redundant and I withdrew £500 from the bank which was all I had to my name and walked up to the club shop to hand it over to help pay the £250k which the Football Conference had requested to enable us to start the season. The message came through outside the club shop at around 5.00pm that we were allowed to start the season and we all celebrated in The Turf, that is a day that I will never forget! Since then I have gone on to organise and volunteer for as many things as possible. Myself and three mates organised a gig and an auction night at The Nags Head in Ridley Wood in August 2011, the night was a great success and we raised £1,270 for the WST. In the past, I also worked as a volunteer on the WST stall in Wrexham town centre which used to be outside the old Marks and Spencer store and I have also worked in the WST shop next door to The Turf.
I was first elected to the board in June 2014 and then re-elected in June 2017. Then came the tough decision to resign in February due to the fact that I was not comfortable that the FC board had known since 12th January that Graham Barrow wanted to step down as the manager of Wrexham AFC, yet the elected representatives of the owners of Wrexham AFC were kept in the dark despite having had a board meeting just six days before his resignation. Members of the Governing Body found about Graham Barrow resigning as manager from an article on social media, just as many other fans of our club did. The Governing Body had been involved and consulted in the search for previous managerial appointments but we were not involved or consulted in the appointment of Graham Barrow or Bryan Hughes.
If I am elected to the board, my aim is to ensure that the working relationship between the two boards is much closer and that policies are put in place to ensure that both boards consult with each other on important strategic decisions and that no one is left in the dark again as to what is going on at the football club. I am confident in my ability to challenge any decisions that I may not agree with and believe that it is important for everyone involved to be open and transparent to ensure that the football club is ran in the correct manner in order to realise its full potential as the best supported club in the National League and to earn promotion to League Two as soon as possible.
I was previously lead member of the Fans Ownership Subgroup and my proudest achievement was growing the membership to a very healthy 3,540 members, the highest number of members since June 2015. From being re-elected in 2017 to my resignation in February, I attended 15 out of a possible 19 monthly board meetings.
Nominated by Owen Harrison and Tomos Futcher