Young Wrexham FC fan steps up to help sick superfan Jacko

Published date: 22 January 2014 |
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A YOUNG Wrexham FC fan is undertaking a charity challenge in solidarity with  one of the Reds’ most vocal supporters, who is currently sidelined by throat cancer.

Ten-year-old Megan Roberts will be doing a sponsored run at the Racecourse before the Reds take on Grimsby Town on Saturday.

The challenge will raise money to support Ian Roberts – better known as ‘Jacko’ – who was one of the lead chanters at Wrexham FC matches until diagnosed with throat cancer in August.

Jacko, a self-employed carpenter and joiner from Acrefair, has had to stop attending Wrexham games after his chemotherapy for the cancer started.

He also had to quit the Fron Male Voice Choir, where he had been a first tenor for many years, and also had to quit his job to focus on the treatment.

Now friends and fellow Wrexham FC fans are fundraising to help him financially and youngster Megan, who first met Jacko on the Wrexham terraces as a three-year-old with her dad Stu, is leading the way with her charity run.

Her proud dad Stu, 43, who is a close friend of Jacko, said: “Megan’s a season ticket-holder at Wrexham.

“She met Jacko when she became a regular at the Racecourse at the age of three.
“Jacko has become a close family friend over the years and Megan was shocked when I told her he has throat cancer.

“Due to his illness and ongoing treatment, Jacko is unable to work.

“This obviously means that he has no money coming in to pay the bills and get him to hospital for his treatment.

“With this in mind, Megan has volunteered to do a sponsored run, hopefully around the Racecourse pitch. Ten times around would be 3.5 kilometres.

“Jacko has been watching Wrexham for around 50 years and I would say is among the most committed of fans.”

Speaking to the Leader yesterday, Jacko said: “I was diagnosed in August and I was pretty shocked.

“When the chemotherapy started, I had to stop going to the game. I also had to finish at the Fron Choir, which is something I enjoy and have been doing for some 20 years.

“When I found out what Megan wanted to do to help, I was overwhelmed.”

The 51-year-old was regularly seen at away games and travelled to watch the Reds on their European travels.

Older fans will remember him from his days as the ‘choirmaster’ standing at the back of the Kop stand.

Megan will also be doing a bake sale at Ysgol Bryn Collen in Llangollen.

Recently-retired Reds defender  Mark Creighton is also supporting the fundraising.

The former centre half is in the process of contacting the players and management at Wrexham FC with a view to collecting personal memorabilia for an auction which will take place within the next few weeks.

He has already promised the shirt he wore in his last game for Wrexham before he retired.

Sky Sports news reporter and Wrexham fan Bryn Law took to Twitter to wish Jacko a speedy recovery.

He wrote: “Get well soon Jacko, top Red and Wrexham song starter. The Fron choir will be missing you as much as The Racecourse crowd.”

As well as raising money to help Jacko, Megan and her family will be making a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

There will be plenty of opportunities to donate to the cause  on the day.

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