THE newly-formed Wrexham ex-players' association is holding its first meeting on Sunday with Racecourse legend Arfon Griffiths at the forefront of plans to make the venture a success.
Griffiths, who holds the club record for appearances and also managed the Dragons, said: “Following Wrexham’s exit from administration, it left me time to reflect on how close we came to losing the town’s and North Wales’ identity as the only Football League club in the area.
“It was with this in mind that I jumped at the suggestion of the formation of a former players' association. My roots at the club go back to the early 1950s when my father took me to watch games at the Racecourse before I, myself, had the opportunity to play for my hometown club.
“Over the years I have made many friends from my connections with the club, and I’m sure every former player has their own happy memories of their time with Wrexham.”
Another ex-manager, Dixie McNeil, has joined Griffiths on the founding committee, together with Nick Hencher, Wayne Phillips, Techwyn Lloyd Jones and John Lloyd.
More than 350 former players have been invited to join the association, which hopes to organise fundraising events for the club and local charities.
Chairman Nick Hencher said; “There are some players we have been unable to contact because we have no contact details for them. If anyone reading this knows of former players please mention the new association to them.
“We have already had a tremendous response to the new group, with players from all eras signing up to be part of it; players like Pat Eggleston and Charlie Kelsall from the 50s, Wyn Davies and Reg Holland from the 60s, Dave Gaskell and Geoff Davies from the 70s, Frank Carrodus and Mike Conroy from the 80s, and Steve Morris and Dave Brammer from the 90s, to name just a few.”
Sunday's meeting at the Centenary Club kicks off at 1pm and all ex-players who made a first team appearance for the club are welcome. For further details ring 01978 853223.