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Mickey's wonder goal tops Wrexham FC's golden moments

Published date: 15 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A FAMOUS goal by a Wrexham FC legend will be one of the moments celebrated at an anniversary pop-up museum.

Mickey Thomas’ equalising free-kick against First Division champions Arsenal at the Racecourse Stadium in an FA Cup third round tie in 1992 remains an iconic moment in the Reds' history.

Mickey is backing the creation of a pop-up museum between May 29 and May 31 at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre.

Steve Watkins’ winner two minutes later in what remains one of Wrexham’s best ever results, will also be celebrated.

The club, established in 1864, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Mickey’s wonder strike in front of a capacity 13,343 sell-out crowd has gone down in the annals of the club’s history as a fans’ favourite.

He said: “I never get sick of seeing it to be honest.

“And wherever I go, whether it’s doing dinners or stuff and whenever I get to meet professional and other retired footballers, it always comes up.

“I’m proud as it is now part of FA Cup history. It’s part of the competition’s folklore now and something that will always be remembered.

“It was massive financially. We had beaten Telford and Winsford in the first and second rounds and were desperate for a big team in the third round. Of course, no one gave us a prayer against Arsenal who were the First Division league champions at the time, before the Premier League days.”

After beating Arsenal Wrexham played two games against fellow London giants West Ham United. The Reds drew 2-2 in the first game and narrowly lost 1-0 in the replay to exit the cup.

Now pundit Thomas, 59, is right behind the idea to celebrate the club’s rich history with a town centre exhibit.

“The idea of a pop-up museum for Wrexham fans is a great idea and it definitely has my backing,” he said.

“I will try and pop down to have a look myself and see what memorabilia is on show.

“It’s a chance for fans to share the memories and let people see what memorabilia and artefacts they have relating to the club’s history.”

Former Wrexham stars Wayne Phillips and Karl Connolly have also backed the pop-up collection.

“It a great idea for the fans and it has my support,” said ex-Racecourse frontman Connolly.

“Wrexham has a huge fan-base and many loyal, devoted fans and I am sure they will want to share memories and mementoes.”

Phillips added: “I think it’s a great idea will be a great way for Wrexham fans to share some memories of a club that has a rich history.”

Eagles Meadow manager Kevin Critchley has again asked all fans to have a look at any historical items or memorabilia they might have at home that would be of interest to other supporters – photographs, posters, football shirts, balls, clothing or equipment.

“We’d also love to see any cups, medals, sashes, certificates that may be out there,” he added.

“If they can loan it to us we will put it on display at the end of May when the museum will be open.”

Fans who have any memorabilia they would like to share should ring 07970 318081 or email wrexhamfootball@ bakehousefactory.co.uk

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