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HUMPHREY KER COLUMN | "The Kop will rise again"

The latest update from our Executive Director

19 January 2023

Well, yesterday's announcement that the Club wouldn't be receiving any financial support from UK Government to help with the construction of the new Kop stand was received with bitter disappointment by all of us that have worked for 18 months to try and secure the Levelling Up Fund assistance.

I have seen many and varied responses to the news, from the crowing of rival fans to the understandable disappointment of those who felt, as we did, that this was the fastest way to access the necessary funds in a low-risk fashion.

I will say, I've seen some people turn their ire on Wrexham County Borough Council, but any such anger is entirely misplaced. WCBC have been excellent partners throughout this process, as have Glyndwr University, Welsh Government and the Welsh FA and collectively we remain as committed to the delivery of the new Kop Stand as ever. This decision was made by the UK Government. 

We have, as was announced last night, a Plan B. The Kop will rise again, it will just have to do so via a different method to the one for which we had so long planned. More to come on that.

On the pitch, much has happened since last I wrote. Coventry were tumbled out of the FA Cup in front of 4500 raucous Wrexham fans, Bromley came, saw and were conquered at the Racecourse and a very young Wrexham side exited the FA Trophy with their heads held high.

This weekend sees Phil and the boys travel all the way down to Maidstone to resume National League action, before an almost equally long trip to Gateshead. Two fixtures where the club will be, as always, targeting maximum points, but each with their own unique set of challenges. 

The rest of the season stretches out in front of us and provided we can keep our nerves and our fitness, something very special awaits us at the end. There is much to be hopeful for, even with setbacks strewn along the path like the one we have encountered this week.

By the by, you will need photo ID to vote from 4th May 2023 in parliamentary by-elections and in General Elections from October 2023. Just if anyone was wondering.

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