Approximately 300 Wrexham FC fans marched through town today to show their solidarity with the club’s players and Dean Saunders.
At a meeting at the Wrexham Lager club at 1pm fans were told that a Wrexham Supporters Federation appeal for donations towards the player’s wages had raised approximately £4000 in just 24 hours.
Also as a result of collections carried out today at the Lager Club, Turf and during the march through Wrexham town centre a total of £2,700 was donated, some fans were even seen writing out cheques for £200.
The Lager Club meeting raised fans spirits to a fever pitch early in the day with speeches from Rob Clarke, Jamie Davies and Phil Wynn to keep them up to date with the latest developments and a touching speech by former player Len Willett who nearly brought a tear to the eye of even most hardened fan with an account of a meeting he had with Dean Saunders yesterday.
Len recounted how Saunders had told him he would remain loyal to the club no matter what and that, whilst a few players’ agents had been on the phone, he was sure that if everyone pulled together to raise money that the players were 100% behind him, the club and the fans.
Setting differences aside regarding opinions of the current owners and Wrexham Supporters Trust was the order of the day and Willett received a standing ovation as he finished.
Fans then moved on to The Turf, where it was decided that a protest would be inappropriate, but that a march through town to rally the people of Wrexham, collect donations, and most importantly show support for the team and management would be a good idea.
Cries of “Wrexham”, “Save Our Club” and “Dean Saunders’ Red Army” rang out through the town as a 300 strong army walked from The Turf, down the main street, and towards the Guildhall, with members of the public applauding and car drivers tooting their horns in support.
The march continued for almost two and a half hours going via Eagles Meadow, Island Green, the bus station and many local pubs and bars as the donation buckets grew heavier with coins and a large quantity of notes.
A group of 40 fans then returned to The Turf to count the bucket collection from the march which came to a grand total of £601.30 to add to the £2100 given by fans at the Lager Club and Turf.
To top the day of Wrexham Supporters Trust Board Member Peter Jones arrived at The Turf to let fans know that Glyndwr University and the WST have completed their due diligence on the Racecourse Ground and football club respectively.
He anticipates that the university will hopefully be able to complete a legal agreement with the owners this week, and that Glyndwr are offering “a favourable lease”, agreeing to pay for the upkeep costs of the ground and hoping to develop a “Carnegie style” stand at the Kop end, which would include space under the stand for lectures.
Overall it was perhaps the most proud day Wrexham FC has known for years with fans stood shoulder to shoulder, differences set aside, raising a great amount of money for the club. As one fan put it “we need doers not talkers” and they certainly proved themselves to be just that.
To pay into the emergency fund for player’s wages you can send cheques to ‘WSF Emergency Fund’, c/o the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham LL11 2AN with cheques made payable to the ‘Wrexham Supporters Federation’.
You can also hand deliver cash/cheques to the club during working hours, but stating that it is for the ‘WSF Emergency Fund’.