FRIENDS and fans hope to raise more than £1,000 to help one of the Reds’ most vocal supporters, currently sidelined by throat cancer.
Donations of signed and commemorative memorabilia have been donated to an auction to help Ian Roberts – commonly known as ‘Jacko’ – who was one of the lead chanters at Wrexham FC matches until diagnosed with throat cancer last August.
Mr Roberts, a self-employed carpenter and joiner from Acrefair, has had to stop attending Wrexham games after his chemotherapy for the cancer started.
He had to quit the Fron Male Voice Choir, where he was a first tenor for many years, and quit his job to focus on the treatment.
Now friends and fellow Wrexham FC fans are fundraising to help him financially.
They have received treasured items to auction including a signed Lee Trundle shirt, captain Dean Keates’ training shirt, Mark Creighton’s final appearance shirt, a team signed Wrexham 1987-88 shirt and an autographed the Leader poster from the 2005 LDV trophy triumph.
Jacko’s close friend, Stu Roberts, 43, said: “There has been lots of interest in the auction, from people wanting to donate and make early offers. There has been a great response and we already have starting bids of up to £100 on some items.
“It is so humbling for all this to be received and I know both Jacko and myself have found the support amazing. The one thing you can rely on is Wrexham FC fans being willing to put their hands in their pockets.”
There has so far been no date or venue set for the auction.
Anyone wanting information on the auction or wishing to donate or make bids should visit the Facebook page by typing ‘Jacko’s Auction’ into the search bar or call Stu Roberts on 07854 503073.