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150th Anniversary Match Will Be A “Special” Day – Says Wrexham’s Oldest Fan

Wrexham’s oldest fan Tom Hughes with his son Mike at Wembley

97-year-old Tom Hughes will be in attendance as Wrexham plans to celebrate the proud milestone of their loyal fan against Grimsby Town at the Racecourse.

His first trip to a game played by the Dragons’ was way back in 1921, and he believes the club’s upcoming 150th anniversary match will be “special”.

Tom Hughes still goes to every home fixture with his family, and he says that it will be a proud moment when his beloved Reds face Grimsby Town on October 11, which has been chosen to celebrate the proud milestone

Tom was just five when his father took him to watch his first Wrexham game, more than 90 years ago.

“I remember the Third Division North had just been formed”, he said.

Wrexham became one of the founder members and our first game was against Hartlepool. We lost 2-0 but it didn’t put me off!”

“To reach 150 years is a special achievement, not many clubs can say that. When you come to think about it I’m 98 in December and I’ve been going for 93 years.”

“The only time I was away was during the war years when I spent a few years abroad, otherwise I was always there.”

“I look forward to every game but this one will be a bit special.”

During those many decades, Tom has seen some turbulent times, but he’s never more proud to call himself a Wrexham fan.

“It’s a lot more enjoyable now”, he said.

“We own the club don’t we? I go around bragging that I partly own Wrexham!”

“It’s a well run club and Wilkin knows what he’s doing. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to do it this season. I wouldn’t say automatic promotion but we’ll be there or thereabouts in the play-offs.”

Steve Cook, the commercial manager, said: “This is definitely one of the biggest spectacles we will try to accomplish as a football club and we are excited to be taking on such a big display to commemorate the occasion.”

Chief executive Don Bircham added: “It’s an event that will come around once and we’re intent on ensuring we have a celebration to remember.”


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