Wrexham FC legends hail pop-up museum


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A POP-UP museum celebrating the history of Wrexham FC has opened its doors to football fans.

The museum, which is also open today and tomorrow between 11am and 4pm, is part of the plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Wrexham FC.

Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr T. Alan Edwards, was joined by club legend Dixie McNeil to cut the ribbon at the museum, which is situated at the town’s Eagles Meadow shopping centre.

Guest of honour was Mickey Thomas, who scored the most famous goal in the club’s history with his free kick against First Division champions Arsenal at the Racecourse in the third round of the 1991-92 FA Cup.

As well as memorabilia loaned by fans, the museum features interactive exhibits and free family entertainment such as table football tournaments and treasure hunts.

The club, established in 1864, is the oldest in Wales and the third oldest in the world, while the Racecourse is the world's oldest international football ground still in use.

Cllr Edwards thought the pop-up museum was a brilliant idea which he hopes will encourage young fans to learn more about the club.

He said: “Wrexham brought a great deal of happiness to thousands upon thousands of people down the years and deserves to have its 150th anniversary celebrated in this way.

“I’m a big supporter of grassroots football and would like to see Premier League players perhaps donate a little of their weekly wage to lower league clubs to help them survive.”

Club president, Dixie McNeil said: “To see the old newspaper cuttings and programmes is just wonderful and brings back so many good memories.

“And I am delighted the museum is fundraising for Wales Air Ambulance. People who have their picture taken with a replica World Cup trophy are being invited to make a donation which is a brilliant, and unexpected, gesture.”

Mickey Thomas said: “It’s brilliant and I’m amazed how much they have crammed in. There is a lot of interaction for kids and it’s relaxed and well laid out. I came down as I wanted to see for myself just what they have managed to achieve.”

Lee Williams, 25, of Caia Park, said: “If it gets kids interested in Wrexham that has to be a good thing. I just think it’s a cracking idea and will be telling my mates all about it. Anything that supports the club gets my backing.”

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