WREXHAM'S MP says a 'slip of the tongue' after 'working for 15 hours' led to her giving the town's famous football club the wrong name twice.

During a speech in the House of Commons on Monday May 16, Sarah Atherton MP was addressing Wrexham AFC's recent success.

This included the club having reached the FA Trophy Final where they will play Bromley at Wembley on Sunday (May 22).

But, during the speech, she mistakenly called the club 'Wrexham Athletic' on two occasions.


Ms Atherton said: "Wrexham is a town built on brewing, football and mining. To take football, which is very topical right at this moment, Wrexham Athletic Football Club is on a high.

"And on Sunday, I will be cheering on the Reds at the FA Trophy Final against Bromley at Wembley. And of course, we will win.

"But, of course, you would have to have your eye off the ball to have missed the fact that Wrexham Athletic Football Club is now owned by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

"Wrexham has certainly been put on the map."

The gaffe left Reds supporters angry and bemused with the video of their MP's speech going viral on Twitter.

Several fans labelled the mistake as 'embarrassing' and 'a joke'.

The Leader:

PIC: Wrexham MP Sarah Atherton has responded to accidentally calling Wrexham AFC 'Wrexham Athletic'.

In response, Sarah Atherton MP told the Leader: "I was delivering that speech late at night, after working for 15 hours.

"It was a slip of the tongue as I had just been having a conversation about Gresford Athletic Football Club and I accidentally said Athletic rather than Association.

"It's rather disappointing that some people are choosing to focus on that, rather than the fact that Wrexham AFC is getting the recognition it deserves in the House of Commons.

"I wonder how many times previously the club has been mentioned in Parliament? That is what we should be focussing on.”