FOUR generations of the same family will travel to watch Wrexham’s first ever game at Wembley.
Tom Hughes, 96, believed to be Wrexham’s oldest fan, will be attending the FA Trophy final on Sunday, March 24, along with his son Mike, 66, grandaughter Sarah Baker, 38, and her children Courtney, 14, and Alfie, nine, who recently became a ballboy for the club.
Tom, who lives in Hightown, and Mike, from Gresford, both have Wrexham season tickets for the executive box in the Yale Stand and go for meals in the Bamford Suite before every game.
Sarah, who lives in Gwersyllt, takes Courtney and Alfie to every home game where they sit in the Paddock in the Yale Stand.
All four generations meet up at every game and are looking forward to the Reds’ big day.
But their plans to all go to Wembley nearly fell through after a mix-up in Mike’s holiday plans.
Mike said: “We knew we were going on holiday to Lanzarote near the final, but I was always under the impression that we were coming back on Saturday, the 23rd.
“But when I had a look through our itinerary it said the 24th – we would have been flying back to arrive 25 minutes before kick off.
“There was a real bit of panic as we didn’t want my dad to miss out because he wouldn’t be able to get there on his own.
“Luckily, my good lady arranged for me and my brother-in-law, who’s also a season ticket holder, to fly back on the Saturday. My wife and my sister are coming back on the Sunday.”
Mike and Tom will be travelling down to Wembley on the morning of March 24 with a group called the Cavaliers who they go to matches with.
“Now we know we’re going it’s quite exciting. These days don’t happen very often and my dad has been supporting Wrexham since 1923,” said Mike.
“Every time I go to my dad’s he’s talking about Wembley; he’s not even talking about his horse racing.
“We’ll all catch up and have a picture of the four generations outside Wembley.”
He added: “Promotion is our number one but it would be nice to do the double.
“With the footballers we’ve got in our side we should put on a good show.”
Sarah said: “They’re coming back at 11.55pm on the Saturday night, then travelling down on a minibus with my grandad at 8am the next morning.
“I’m going down on a coach from Bradley Cricket Club with my husband, the children and some of my little boy’s friends.
“My grandad can’t wait. They kept it from him when they realised the holiday was on the 24th as they didn’t want to upset him, but luckily they sorted it out.
“It’s a nice thing for us as a family as we’re all such passionate Wrexham fans.
“Alfie had his first game as a ballboy against Ebbsfleet and he loved it.”
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