Date: 22nd November 2016
The last time I penned a piece for SFSA it was all about the ructions and issues at Swansea. Whilst the rivalry in Wales might not be as intense as the Auld Firm in Glasgow there is still plenty of needle between the big 2 of our Celtic cousins – Swansea City and Wrexham.
Whilst Swansea has flown like their eponymous nickname all the way up to the Premier League, life for their Welsh rivals has not been quite as conducive to supporter contentment.
In 2008 they even fell out of the league set up and into the National Conference. Despite 3 years in which they have been part of the playoffs our of the last 5, the last 2 seasons have seen them languish in the lower half of that league – last season was their lowest EVER league position in their history.
Their story, in a way, reminds me of Clyde insofar as they have dropped down the leagues whilst they attempt to financially sort things out. They perhaps have dropped a wee bit further than fans would have liked but the takeover of the club – after the absurdity of having a chairman of the club trying to throw them out of their own ground – in 2011 in a joint ownership that saw the Wrexham Supporters Trust become shareholders and part owners.
Unlike the recent turmoil at the Swans, Wrexham have had – I would not go so far as to say enjoyed – relative peace. Whilst the Swans’ Director on the Board, Huw Cooze is about to go from that board for reasons, no doubt that are negative, the work of 2 Wrexham Board members – Don Bircham and Barry Horne – who are departing their board have gone with some thanks and a recognition of the incredible voluntary effort they have put into the club over the last 5 years. In particular, former Chief Executive, Don Bircham was fulsome in his praise for his time there and for the work of his fellow directors. His resignation letter commented, “Representing our club has been the greatest honour and privilege of my life, and I am grateful for all the support and encouragement I have received from so many of you.”
They now go off back to the terraces to support their team – imagine if a Board and Supporters could act so maturely in Scotland – just what could we expect…?
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