Wrexham Football Club were saddened to hear of the plight of our former captain Gareth Davies, but as supporters we have an opportunity to help repay a man who gave such great service to the Wrexham cause - a true 'one-club' man!
Our most successful skipper, who led the Club to the Third Division championship in 1978, and was also part of our previous promotion winning side in 1969-70, Gareth has been suffering with Dementia for some time, but on top of that his mobility is now under threat, as he requires a new knee.
However, he has been given an 18-month wait for the required surgery on the NHS and is now mostly wheelchair bound. Unfortunately, with the way he is at this moment, time is not on his side and he just can’t wait that long.
His son-in-law Chris Braisdell said; “The daily pain and lack of mobility is taking its toll, and he’s now become very withdrawn and incredibly low, all coming on top of his issues with Dementia.
“So now we are on a mission to raise funds for a private operation (approx £12,000) to hopefully, get him back out and about with us, while he’s still able and aware.
“Anything you can give in support of this would be very much appreciated from us all and it will run alongside other fundraising ideas, which will follow shortly.”
With this in mind, Wrexham AFC, along with help from the Former Players Association, have organised a bucket collection at this Wednesday evenings match with Stoke City, where all the proceeds will be donated to Gareth’s fund.
If you are unable to attend the match on Wednesday, but would still like to support the fund, you can donate online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/skips-new-knee
This fund currently stands at over a £1,000 raised in just five days.
As well as the aforementioned successes in the league, Gareth also captained the club to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1974 and 1978; the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1976 and the quarter-finals of the Football League Cup in 1978 - while making 612 league and cup appearances for Wrexham, plus being capped three times by Wales.
Any help we can offer Gareth and his family, will be greatly appreciated.