All of us here at Wrexham Football Club are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Ian "Jacko" Roberts at the age of 55.
Jacko, from Rhos, synonymous with pretty much anyone associated with Wrexham AFC had been bravely battling cancer for the past few years.
Not only was Jacko infamously the main singer in the Kop and later the GUS Stand, he was a member of the Froncysyllte male voice choir. His voice is Wrexham and it always will be. Even during the most drab encounter on the field, his voice and enthusiasm for the club could instantly lift the atmosphere and mood.
Jacko was a kind and gentle man behind all of the singing and will be severely missed by us all here at the club.
A true life long supporter, he began his battle in 2013 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. He missed a lot of games around that time due to ill health and the Racecourse didn't feel the same on match day without him bellowing out a rendition of "Wrexham Lager".
He made his comeback at the 150th year anniversary game against Grimsby Town in October 2014 and had been attending games since in between his treatments.
After talking to Jacko's family, we have decided that during tomorrow's game vs Eastleigh, in the 55th minute, we will remember Jacko by the entire stadium joining in a standing minutes appaulse.
When the club website last spoke to Jacko he said:
“One of my first games was Aston Villa, we always used to play them over Easter I seem to remember,” he said.
“When I was about 12 or 13 I started going on my own, it was the early 70s. It’s hard to pick a favourite memory.
“The Arsenal FA Cup win was very special because the season before we hit rock bottom.
“I enjoy meeting the lads every other week for the match. Those are the best memories, the different people you meet watching Wrexham."
Tributes to Jacko from fellow Wrexham fans have poured in on social media, notably on his personal facebook page.
"Rest Easy Jacko - Forever Red and White. We'll miss you"