WREXHAM’S footballers will collect a bumper £20,000 Christmas box if they win all their four games over the festive period.
The lucrative bounty has been put up by club sponsor, Leasedirect Finance, which will donate the cash to the players’ pool if they pick up a maximum 12 points from their home matches against Darlington and Accrington Stanley and visits to Rochdale and Hereford United.
Dragons’ boss Denis Smith has welcomed the incentive, but conceded it would be a tall order for his squad who have been hindered by injuries and are currently hovering just above the relegation zone.
“It’s a great initiative from our sponsors, who are trying to make things happen,” Smith said yesterday. “Winning four games on the trot is something we’ve not managed to do this season and I’m sure you could get very good odds against us doing it over Christmas.
“But this is a pro-active gesture from Leasedirect in a bid to get us going, which is great. The players should not need any added incentive to win every game they play, but this challenge will add a bit of spice to what promises to be an important and testing spell of games.”
And Wrexham are displaying the Christmas spirit by offering free admittance to tomorrow’s match against Darlington to the first 100 fans who turn up at the Racecourse box office in full Santa Claus outfit.
Club secretary Geraint Parry said: “This idea has been used at several grounds before, including our visit to Carlisle United last season, and helped produced a good festive atmosphere.”