MANAGER Denis Smith has paid tribute to Wrexham's supporters after one of their most turbulent seasons in the club's history, writes Paul Wheelock.
Saturday's final home game of the 2004-05 league campaign against Huddersfield attracted the second biggest attendance of the season to the Racecourse, in what was feared would be their last game at the ground.
With owner Alex Hamilton threatening to evict the Dragons from their home from July 21, supporters breathed a sigh of relief when the club's administrators, David Ac-land and Steven Williams, said Hamilton - who owns both the club and ground - would have to take legal action against them if he wanted to go ahead with his plans.
Acland said he's confident the controversial figure will not do that, meaning football will continue at the Racecourse for at least another 12 months.
It was news which boosted boss Smith, who is still bitter at the Football League's decision to dock his side 10 points after going into administration - a deduction that ultimately cost them their place in League One.
But he has no complaints over the loyalty of his team's supporters, who once again behaved impeccably before, during and after Saturday's match.
Smith said: 'They've been superb all season. They've consistently backed us to the hilt and they showed again on Saturday why this club must survive.
'It looks like we'll still be at the Racecourse and that gives us something to build on.
'I'll now sit down with the administrators and discuss where we go from here. I've not
talked about my future yet but they seem happy with me and hopefully that's how it stays.'
Smith, like the majority of his squad, is out of contract in the summer, so he says it is important he sorts out who will be at the club when the League Two season kicks off in August.
One player who has already said he will be staying is Andy Holt. The defender, signed from Hull last summer on a two-year deal, has been voted Wrexham's player of the season. The goal-scoring wingback picked up five trophies at Sunday's supporters awards bash, with Mark Jones collecting the Young Player of the Year gong.
Smith said: 'For his first season Andy has been fantastic. He's played well all year and it's a big plus to have someone who is that consistent. He's a great professional and a great lad to have around the place.
'I'm hoping he'll be here next season because I know he wants to stay at Wrexham. But there will be teams after him. He turned down a move during the season, so that says a lot about him and how much he wants to play for the club.
'Mark Jones has grown up so much this season - both physically and mentally. We've always known he had all the attributes to be a top player but it was a case of waiting for him to get them. Now he has.'
As the Mail was going to press, Wrexham were preparing for Wednesday night's FAW Premier Cup final against Swansea at their Vetch Field home. * Craig Morgan has been called up to a Wales training camp in Spain next year. The promising 19-year-old defender will be part of the 22-man squad that will spend six days in San Sebastian.