DEVOTED Reds supporter Andy Yemm has clocked up thousands of miles following his beloved Wrexham, only missing a handful of games in more than 40 years - and he doesn't even live close to the town.

Although born in Wrexham, Andy moved to live in Stoke at a young age and he still resides in the Potteries now.

He had already begun watching the Reds when he left the town and that never waned, with the 55-year-old missing only seven competitive first team fixtures - home and away - in the last 41 years.

"I am from Wrexham itself but I moved away to live in Stoke when I was six years of age," said Andy.

"My dad used to take me to Wrexham games when I was a kid since the age of four, maybe five.

"I think it works out at seven games in 41 years that I have missed.

"That is first team games, home and away.

"Friendlies are a problem because of work commitments. I sell garden furniture in the summer but professional first team games, I have only missed seven games."

Despite living more than an hour from Wrexham, and the vast majority of away matches taking longer to get to, Andy is still a regular cheering on the Reds.

It also helps that he has an understanding employer.

"My son comes first but Wrexham is a very close second," said Andy. "Luckily my work let me juggle things around so I can get to the football.

"I will travel the length and breadth of the country to make sure we achieve what we want to achieve.

"It could be Gateshead on a Tuesday night or Dover on a Tuesday night, you try your best to be there.

"The town deserves your support and that is what we try and do."

Andy, understandably a well known supporter, has followed Wrexham through thick and thin, although there has been less for fans to cheer about in recent times.

The Reds are preparing for a 12th season in the fifth tier and Andy is hoping Bryan Hughes' men can finally clinch promotion to end their Football League exile.

"It is a big family and it is a good family," said Yemm. "There are a lot of diehards and the town is a proper football town.

"It deserves to be in a better position than what it is now.

"League Two does not interest me. It should be higher than League Two and hopefully that will come sooner rather than later.

"It needs to happen and it needs to happen now.

"Twelve years is ridiculous. We shouldn't have been in non-league for 12 years; one, maybe two, three, four years, not 12 years.

"That is not good at all."

Wrexham are preparing for the new campaign with a pre-season training camp in Portugal and Andy was one of hundreds of fans who followed the Reds to the Algarve.