WREXHAM fans last night said they were looking forward to "thinking about football for a change" amid a party atmosphere at The Race-course.
As the Dragons hosted Grimsby in their first home game of the season - their first since emerging from administration last week - supporters praised the efforts of manager Denis Smith, his players and all those behind the scenes.
Chris Trevor, 31, licensee at the Druid Inn, Pontblyddyn, said: "I've been going since I was 13 or 14.
"It's like the start of any football season with the anticipation of what's ahead, but this time it's different because we can see the light at the end of the tunnel after administration.
"We can see the club going forward for achange, so it's more of a pleasure and less of a chore.
"Now we've got people here who care about the club, all of a sudden rather than having to fight the good fight we can start worrying about the football for a change."
Peter Finchett, 54, a civil servant from Rhosddu and aseason ticket holder for 30 years, said: "I just hope that the Wrexham public now don't think all the problems are solved. Obviously the club still needs their support."
Support worker Neil Roberts, also 54, from Gwersyllt, recently bought a season ticket after some years working away.
He said: "I'm really optimistic about this season, but I'm realistic as well. The club's got good youth players coming through and just need to hold on to their more experienced players now that the club's out of administration. That's the way forward."
Albert Edwards, 64, a retired insurance representative, said: "I'm a lot more optimistic this season that hopefully things will improve. Denis Smith, deserves the credit for keeping the players around, and things look bright.
"He's got more scope to bring players in, and after a good result at Wycombe there's a party atmo-sphere tonight."
James Salisbury, 31, a customer sales representative, said: "I was over the moon last week. We've got a good chance for promotion this season - the fans feel now that the world is our oyster."
Wrexham emerged from administration last Thursday after the Football League gave new owners Neville Dickens and Geoff Moss the green light to purchase the "golden share" that puts the Dragons on an equal footing with the league's other 71 member clubs.
The go-ahead came just two days before the start of the season, after a last-minute hitch was overcome over a £2.5m bridging loan from property tycoon Steve Morgan.