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MEMORIAL GAME | Wrexham AFC remembers

Minute's silence held prior to Dorking Wanderers fixture

25 February 2023

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MEMORIAL GAME | Wrexham AFC remembers

Minute's silence held prior to Dorking Wanderers fixture

25 February 2023

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Bryan Tudor

Chris “Scarfy” Williams, aged 57

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Elfed Jones, aged 72

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Emyr Wyn Jones (Traian), aged 62

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Geoff Elms, aged 74

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George “Boxer” Griffiths, aged 95

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Glyn Roberts, aged 88

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Gordon Roberts, aged 81

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Graham Stokes, aged 82

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Grenville Ithell, aged 77

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Grenville Shone, aged 87

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Howard Povey, aged 53

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Huw Chick Jones, aged 62

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Jeff Stamper, aged 78

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Jimmy Ellis, aged 70

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John Arthur Richards, aged 82

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John Garrett, aged 74

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John Hughes, aged 85

 

John Roberts, aged 76

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Kate Burne, aged 73

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Keith Ritchie, aged 59

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Ken Evans, aged 65

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Les Griffiths, aged 91

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Les Williams, aged 89

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Malcolm Jones, aged 83

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Mark Finchett, aged 56

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Mark Hazeldene, aged 58

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Matthew Garrett, aged 34

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Mervyn Lloyd

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Michael Shellis, aged 39

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Mike Devitt, aged 71

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Neville Roland Jones, aged 88

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Nigel Williams, aged 59

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Philip ‘Bolts’ Ellis, aged 36

Rhys Truss, aged 17

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Robert John Evans, aged 68

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Ron Hughes

Shaun Jones, aged 46

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Stephen Peter Hewitt

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Terence Hewitt, aged 92

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Terry Prince, aged 73

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Tim Harris, aged 65

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Tony Saunders, aged 85

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Trevor Davies, aged 78

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Wayne Jones, aged 61

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Wendy Jeffreys, aged 63

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