FRIENDS hoping to raise £1,000 for one of the Wrexham FC’s most vocal supporters believe they might well exceed their target after donations flooded in.
Ian Roberts, known as Jacko, was one of the chief cheerleaders at Reds matches until he was diagnosed with throat cancer last August.
The 51-year-old self-employed carpenter and joiner from Acrefair has had to stop attending Wrexham games after starting chemotherapy.
He has also quit the Fron Male Voice Choir, where he was a first tenor for many years, and stopped working in order to focus on his treatment.
But now close friend Stu Roberts says they could even double their original £1,000 target when the auction is held next month.
Mr Roberts said: “We have had some amazing donations from people. People have been so willing to get involved and help out, it has been humbling.”
He added the auction would take start at 6pm on March 22, after Wrexham’s home game against Salisbury.
Items donated so far include a football signed by Liverpool’s FA Cup-winning squad from 2006 – valued at £350 – and another signed by Everton’s 1995 FA Cup-winning squad.
A shirt worn by Wales and Watford Ladies star Sarah Wiltshire in a match will also be up for auction at the charity evening at Wrexham Lager Club on Union Road.
The appeal has also seen treasured Wrexham FC-related items donated, including a signed Lee Trundle shirt, captain Dean Keates’ training shirt, Mark Creighton’s final appearance shirt, a Wrexham 1987-88 season shirt signed by the team and an autographed Leader poster from the Reds’ 2005 LDV Vans trophy triumph.