Tag: Wrexham

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Blue Square Premier

For the second part of our Non-League Videos Of The Week, we have two matches from the Blue Square Bet Premier Division. At the top of the table, Wrexham are continuing to hold Fleetwood Town at bay and, while Fleetwood had a Lancashire derby match at home against third placed Southport on Boxing Day, Wrexham, who are now owned by their supporters, made the relatively short trip to Shropshire to play another supporter-owned team, AFC Telford United, and over four thousand people turned out at New Bucks Head for the match. Our second match comes from the other end of the division. Ebbsfleet United recently announced that they need to find £50,000 to plug a gap in their finances. They are just above the relegation places at present and can sure up their position with three points from a home match against Hayes & Yeading United. Our thanks go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Wrexham’s Cup Win Sets Up Another Fans United Day

Twenty years ago in January, Wrexham AFC managed one of the great FA Cup surprises of all time. They had finished the previous season at the bottom of the Football League and had only been spared relegation to the Football Conference on account of the League expanding its size, while their Third Round opponents in that competition, Arsenal, had ended the previous season as the champions of England. On a cold January Saturday afternoon at The Racecourse Ground, Alan Smith gave Arsenal the lead but, in an extraordinary final ten minutes, Mickey Thomas brought the home side level with a free-kick before Steve Watkins swept the ball over the goal-line to send the champions out of the competition. Wrexham have had success in the FA Cup since that day – they reached the quarter-finals of the competition in 1997, before losing to Chesterfield – but of late such days must have started to feel a long way away. Yesterday afternoon, however, the club had the perfect end to a perfect week. With the take-over of the club having been finally secured during the week, the team, which had stayed top of the Blue Square Premier thanks to a narrow win against Darlington during the week, travelled to League One club Brentford for their FA Cup Second Round match yesterday afternoon and won by a single, first-half goal from Jamie...

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Wrexham FC: The Future Starts Now

Celebrations, due to the sad and untimely death of the manager of the national team at the weekend, were perhaps more muted at The Racecourse Ground this evening than they might otherwise have been. There should, however, be a pause this evening for Wrexham supporters to celebrate a life well lived as well as the opportunity for a rebirth of their club following the news this afternoon that the authorities have finally granted their approval for the take-over of the club by the Wrexham Supporters Trust. It has been a battle that has been long and hard-fought, but the final decision hands an opportunity to a club that has been a living, breathing example of the failure of the “benign dictator” model of ownership for a football club in recent years. As regular readers of this site will be aware, it has been the scrupulous diligence of the supporters of Wrexham FC itself that have brought about this set of circumstances. Their skill at this was, perhaps, best proved in the debunking of the Stephanie Booth myth, which sought to portray her as the saviour of the club, whilst overlooking the fact that she was disqualified from acting as a director of the club until 2012. The news that she might not have been all that was claimed on her behalf sewed the seeds of a form of activism...

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The Wrexham Take-Over Hits The Buffers Again

With a team that is top of the table, a new manager that has just won the Manager Of The Month award for his division and a winnable FA Cup tie coming up in a couple of weeks, these should be happy times for the supporters of Wrexham Football Club. As regular readers will be aware, however, very little at The Racecourse Ground is as it seems and the proposed take-over of the club by the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) has now hit the buffers again over clauses relating to liability for outstanding debts, which are being  treated so seriously by the Football Association and the Football Conference that, once again, the WST take-over of the club might not go through. It is a story that is becoming wearyingly predictable, with further – yet again unsubstantiated – allegations being made against the club’s support which would be suitable for a libel writ were they made against a specific, named individual. That such accusations should be being made yet again is hardly surprising. Accusations of death threats have been made against Wrexham supporters before, although, if any of these were passed to the police, no-one has ever been charged over accusations that have been made before repeatedly and very publicly. This, however, is a side-show in comparison with a further delay in the proposed take-over of the club by its supporters trust. The...

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A New Beginning – At Last – For Wrexham Football Club

Patience brings its own rewards, and the press release issued this afternoon confirming that agreement has now been reached to ensure the take-over of Wrexham Football Club by the Wrexham Supporters Trust is certainly news that has been worth waiting for. Over the last year or so, this club has been the source of one of British football’s hardest soap operas, featuring a series of twists and turns which has, at times, seemed so bizarre as to be scarcely credible. There has been cast list of rogues, tyre-pickers and ne’er do wells which has led to an ongoing feeling that there might just be one final sting in the tail for those that have worked so tirelessly of late to attempt to move the club into mutual ownership after years of mismanagement at the hands of a model of ownership which has consistently failed the club and its supporters. As recently as the end of last week, it felt as if the prize on offer may be slipping from the grasp of the WST, with hushed talk of contractual obligations which may have left the trust’s financial planning for the club in tatters. On Friday, the stark warning was given that the WST had until close of business today to to submit a non-refundable deposit, or the club’s owners would have no option but to start talking to other...

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