The 2013 FA Trophy Final: A Chance For Wrexham Supporters To Celebrate Their Club

This weekend, Wrexham play Grimsby Town at Wembley in the final of the 2013 FA Trophy. Both of these two clubs are former stalwarts of the Football League for whom promotion back from the Blue Square Bet Premier remains a still attainable target for the end of this season, but both are also clubs that have had difficulties in recent years and for whom this weekend’s match is a cause for celebration in itself. Somehow or other, it seems difficult to believe that this weekend will mark Wrexham Football Club’s first ever visit to Wembley. This is, after all, the oldest professional football club in Wales, a club with a long and rich history which dates back to the very beginnings of football as an organised spectator sport. Such a long history, however, doesn’t necessarily equal a successful one, and in the days when Wembley appearances were rationed to the FA Cup final and – more latterly – the League Cup final, Wrexham was one of the multitude of clubs that managed to miss out. Over the last quarter of a century, the Wembley gates have been loosened, but this was a period during which Wrexham supporters were frequently more concerned with keeping their club alive than any other considerations. Yet the very fact that Wrexham Football Club remains an instructive story for all supporters. It is a story...

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