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INTERVIEW | Mickey Thomas previews US Tour

Club legend discuss US Tour and future ambitions

17 July 2023

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INTERVIEW | Mickey Thomas previews US Tour

Club legend discuss US Tour and future ambitions

17 July 2023

After making 349 competitive appearances in a Wrexham shirt, and a storied career at the top of British football; Club legend Mickey Thomas describes the US Tour as a moment the players' will never forget.

The Red Dragons arrived in the USA yesterday evening, ahead of what is set to be an important period for the Football Club.

Two of the opposition in Chelsea and Manchester United are teams that the 'magic little man,' once represented, and he explained he is delighted to see Wrexham shape up against them on a global stage.

He said: “It is incredible to say that Wrexham are now playing Chelsea and Manchester United, who are two of my former teams.

“You have to give Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds a large amount of respect for making it happen. They’ve completely sold out the Chelsea game, which says a lot.

“It's not just about people that want to come and watch Chelsea play, people want to watch Wrexham and this team that everyone is talking about. It's just incredible.

“People talk about the Club making the Premier League, and this is a sign that it can be possible with the way the Club is being run, on the pitch and off it.”

After winning the National League with a record-breaking points total and ending the 15-year absence from the EFL in turn; preparations are well and truly underway for the upcoming campaign.

The Red Dragons finished on 111 points, before returning for pre-season and heading out to Chapel Hill for their first fixture against Chelsea.

From there, they will take on LA Galaxy II, Manchester United and Philadelphia Union II to complete the Tour of the US.

After playing in the Championship with the Club, Thomas firmly believes that they can reach those same heights, and go one better in the years to come.

He said: "The way the Club has been brought back to life is incredible, and everyone wants to be part of it. It's like a runaway train and let me tell you it’s not stopping.”

“For anyone who asks me, I will always tell them that it was Wrexham that gave me my life.

“My first Club will always be Wrexham, and I will never forget that. To see where it is now makes me walk tall and proud knowing that Wrexham are back.

“The Premier League is a real possibility and I know it’s going to take a few years but with Rob and Ryan there’s no way they will be stopped.”

After joining the Club alongside fellow icon Joey Jones, the pair went on to write their names into Wrexham folklore.

Despite playing for United, Chelsea, and Everton, Thomas admitted it was Wrexham that gave him the foundations for success.

Looking ahead to the current season, he explained the fact the Club can now replicate what it once did for him gives him immense pride.

He said: “I came from a council estate in North Wales dreaming of becoming a footballer and our manager John Neal believed in both me and Joey Jones.

“The Club gave me an opportunity to do something I always wanted to do, and it gave me a great life.

“To play Manchester United and Chelsea in America is an honour, but for the players, it will be uplifting for them.

“It’ll be something they’ll never forget. As a player, it’s the perfect opportunity because it'll be a great test and make the Club even more popular.”

 

 

 

 

 


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