Today’s match has been nominated as our annual memorial fixture, with a minute’s silence to be held before the game in memory of supporters who have sadly passed away in the last 12 months.
We ask all supporters to join us in remembering the members of the Wrexham AFC community, who are no longer with us.
In addition to supporters, we also remember the following former players, who passed away in the last year
Geoff Lloyd – 18/08/1942-04/02/2023
Geoff Lloyd caught the Wrexham selectors’ eyes with his performances for the Wales Amateur team, and signed for the Club in October 1966.
Initially signed as an amateur, he was thrust into the side after injury to David Powell and made an immediate impact with two goals against Chester City in a derby win at Sealand Road.
He turned professional two days later, and went on to play 16 times for Wrexham – scoring three goals – before his release at the end of the 1966/67 season.
Aled Owen – 07/01/1934-05/08/2022
Part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s Ipswich Town squad which won the Second Division in 1961 and were crowned Football League champions the following season, Aled Owen was actually born and raised in Anglesey.
The winger also played for Bangor City an Tottenham Hotspur, and made four appearances for Wrexham at the end of his career.
He subsequently took over the family’s haulage company, and in later life was revered for his vocal talents as tenor with the Chor Meibion Goronwy Choir, Benllech.
Colin Grainger – 10/06/1933-19/06/2022
Former England winger Colin Grainger was born just outside Wakefield but started his career with Wrexham – who he initially joined on the ground staff before turning pro in 1950.
A regular for the reserves, National Service limited his opportunities at Wrexham to just five senior appearances before he signed for Sheffield United for £2,500.
He won seven England caps in total, and also played for Sunderland and Leeds United among others, while his musical talents meant he earned the nickname, “The Singing Winger” – once sharing a bill with the Beatles!
Geoff Hunter – 27/10/1959-01/06/2022
As part of a 12-year career in the Football League, clocking up more than 500 league and cup appearances, Geoff Hunter played more than 100 times for Wrexham.
He turned pro at Manchester United, but made his name in midfield for first Crewe Alexandra and then Port Vale, before finishing his career at the Racecourse Ground.
He made just shy of 150 Wrexham appearances in all competitions, including the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and scored 14 goals.
Terry Darracott – 06/12/1950-22/03/2022
Best known for his 12-year career with Everton, Terry Darracott played a single season at the end of his career for Arfon Griffiths’ Second Division side in 1979.
He made 22 league and five cup appearances, but his association with Wrexham did not end there.
In 2008, Darracott returned to the Racecourse Ground as assistant manager under Dean Saunders, spending a further year with the Club before injury forced him to step away from the role.
Malcolm K Davies – 01/09/1947-10/02/2022
The Club were saddened to learn that Honorary Vice President Malcolm K Davies passed away earlier this month.
Through his business - Adlink Advertising, Malcolm supported the club in many ways and was one of the founders of campaigns like 'Save Our Soccer' (SOS), which raised money for the club in the early-1980's, when we were going through yet another crisis and dropping rapidly from what is now the Championship to the bottom of League 2.
An avid and passionate supporter, even after ill health saw him move to the South Coast to live with family, Malcolm was described as a ‘true gentleman’ – an apt description, shared by those who knew him.
Please join us in remembering the following Wrexham supporters
Brian Davies, aged 69
Chris “Scarfy” Williams, aged 57
Elfed Jones, aged 72
Emyr Wyn Jones (Traian), aged 62
Geoff Elms, aged 74
George “Boxer” Griffiths, aged 95
Glyn Roberts, aged 88
Gordon Roberts, aged 81
Graham Stokes, aged 82
Grenville Ithell, aged 77
Grenville Shone, aged 87
Howard Povey, aged 53
Huw Chick Jones, aged 62
Jeff Stamper, aged 78
Jimmy Ellis, aged 70
John Arthur Richards, aged 82
John Garrett, aged 74
John Hughes, aged 85
John Roberts, aged 76
Kate Burne, aged 73
Keith Ritchie, aged 59
Ken Evans, aged 65
Les Griffiths, aged 91
Les Williams, aged 89
Malcolm Jones, aged 83
Mark Finchett, aged 56
Mark Hazeldene, aged 58
Matthew Garrett, aged 34
Michael Shellis, aged 39
Mike Devitt, aged 71
Neville Roland Jones, aged 88
Nigel Williams, aged 59
Philip ‘Bolts’ Ellis, aged 36
Rhys Truss, aged 17
Robert John Evans, aged 68
Shaun Jones, aged 46
Stephen Peter Hewitt
Terence Hewitt, aged 92
Terry Prince, aged 73
Tim Harris, aged 65
Tony Saunders, aged 85
Trevor Davies, aged 78
Wayne Jones, aged 61
Wendy Jeffreys, aged 63