WREXHAM'S new Football Museum officer has spoken of his excitement and what the role will entail.

As part of the ongoing football museum developments, Wrexham Council announced that Nick Jones had taken up the post of football museum officer.

He said: "I’m very excited to be involved with this project from the kick off.

"It will no doubt be an exciting and challenging role, but one that holds plenty of opportunity.

"The project will aim to work alongside communities to encourage participation and inspire visitors from all backgrounds.

"The project will complement other developments in Wrexham including the Wrexham Gateway Project.

"I’ll be tasked with the curation and care of Wrexham Museum’s existing football related collections as well as growing the collection further to ensure that the new museum is fully able to tell the evolving story of football in Wales.

"My role will also involve working and engaging with stakeholders across Wales and in the wider football world."

Before joining Wrexham Council, Mr Jones worked at the English National Football Museum (NFM) based in Manchester.

During his time at the NFM he worked on a number of projects, including exhibitions commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Football League, football and WW1, Pelé and the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup win.

He added: "I am passionate about football, particularly its rich and diverse history.

"In the modern football world, heritage can often be overlooked.

"The creation of a new football museum in Wrexham presents a tremendous opportunity to tell the stories of football in Wales, some well-known, some yet to be uncovered.

"It’s an extremely exciting period for football in Wales from the success of the national team, right through to grass roots football and the exponential growth of the women’s game.

"We hope to showcase the best of football in Wales, and become a place of pilgrimage for all football fans."

Here's what Mr Jones had to say to a few 'quick-fire' questions:

Favourite Team: Crewe Alexandra

Best away ground: Edgeley Park, Stockport County

Favourite player past/present: past – Ian Rush & John Barnes present – Erling Haaland & Charlie Kirk (Crewe)

Did you play? What positon? poorly – right-back or right-midfield

Best football memory: coaching Whalley Range Juniors in Manchester from under 7 to 11

Best tournament: first World Cup – Italia ‘90

Best kit: my first Crewe shirt from ’92 (worn at club’s first Wembley appearance) – similar to the Man Utd 1990 blue and white ‘speckled’ shirt

Worst kit: too many to mention!

VAR? yes but it needs to be smoother/quicker

Best footballer’s haircut: Carlos Valderrama

Dinner with 4 footballers past and present. Who would they be: Ted Drake (was a neighbour of my Grandma), George Best, Bill Shankly, Marcus Rashford

What’s your best football ‘fact’: Crewe Alex have won the Welsh Cup twice, in 1936 & 1937!

Best computer football game: FIFA ‘97

Best football site/show tv/blog/podcast: WSC podcast