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AGM - Press Report

Posted: Fri 29 Nov 2013
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Dan Jennings on last night's annual meeting...

A report from the Daily Post on the AGM:

Wrexham Football Club is finally debt free. The Wrexham Supporters Trust will truly celebrate two years of fan ownership tomorrow after the financial good news was given to last night’s annual meeting.

There was a positive feeling all round at Glyndwr University’s Catrin Finch centre as a commemorative badge was also unveiled to mark the club’s 150th anniversary in 2014.

WST Board member Mark Williams started off proceedings running through the financial accounts. He highlighted the importance of last year’s FA Trophy final victory as the club netted over £300,000 from gate receipts, merchandise and hospitality.

Sadly, the second visit to Wembley wasn’t anywhere near as profitable, due to the huge cut taken by the Conference and Wrexham being given just six days to sell match tickets and hospitality.

Following such a successful season, TV and radio revenue was also well above what was projected.

Members were told that after clearing their significant debt, the re-branding of Wrexham Football Club is now in place and the club was looking to the future. Fellow board member Spencer Harris is setting his sights high and insists Wrexham are the club that could unite half a nation by being vibrant, positive and inclusive.

Wrexham are a football club with a massive catchment area and Harris cried out to supporters to help market the club to North and mid-Wales.

A recurring word of the evening was Wrex-citement. Harris claims that rather than a football match just being a football match, the club needs to turn the whole day into an event.

Using the example of Brighton away in the FA Cup where supporters had Wrexham Lager on tap and highlights of their own team on the TV screens, he painted a picture of a day that fans will never forget and believes that is what the Racecourse should be like every match day.

Mark Williams concluded the meeting by displaying the gold and black crest that incorporates “150 years” into it and will be used as a one-off for the 2014/15 season.

Wrexham are the third oldest in World football, behind Notts County and Stoke, and have lined up a number of events to commemorate the anniversary next year.

A cricket match will be held to recognise the people who founded the club; a Royal Mail stamp will display the date the club was founded; and the Turf hotel, where the meeting to start a football team was held in 1864, will be presented with a foundation plaque.

Dan Jennings – Daily Post