THE FAMILY of a toddler 'destined to be a season ticket holder' at Wrexham are appealing to the club's fans to hold a minute's applause in her honour after she sadly died.

Eleanor Hazel Aldred-Owen was just 12 weeks old when she was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis - a condition which caused the sutures in her head to fuse too early and affects the brain.

She was referred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital and placed under the care of staff there for 18 months. 

The decision was made to opt for surgery to relieve pressure on the brain, but Eleanor tragically died aged 21 months old from complications in surgery on Friday, September 29.

She came from a long line of Wrexham AFC fans, including her taid Gareth Owen who has been going to games for 62 years.

His daughter, and Eleanor's mum, Rachel is also Wrexham born and bred and would often go to matches alongside her father.

Rachel's partner and Eleanor's dad Chaz moved to Wrexham from Ellesmere Port a decade ago to be with his now-wife and has supported the Reds ever since.

The couple now live in the Mold area but continue to support Wrexham AFC and, following the death of their daughter, are appealing to fans of their beloved club to help pay tribute to Eleanor.

They are requesting for a minute's applause to be held in the 28th minute of the match against Salford City at the STok Cae Ras on Saturday, October 14 (Eleanor was born on December 28, 2021).

Speaking to the Leader, dad Chaz said: "Eleanor was born to be a Wrexham fan and destined to be a season ticket holder like her Daddy and Taid. She was still too young to fully appreciate football but I'm so happy I was able to take her to the Cae Ras while she was still here, one of my proudest days as her father."


Chaz added: "Rachel treated Gareth and I to a Father's Day meal in the Betty Buzz suite at the Racecourse with our beautiful Eleanor. This was an incredible day and one of my proudest as her father.

"Being able to bring her to the Racecourse, to see the stadium and have pictures taken with the family there was so special.

The Leader: PIC: Eleanor Aldred-Owen pictured with mum Rachel.

"As she never got to experience the full rocking atmosphere of the Racecourse on game day, my wife and I would be so honoured if a minute's applause on the 28th minute could be observed on October 14th v Salford in remembrance of El. She was born on 28/12/2021 and she was 21 months old.

"We won't be ready to be in attendance at the game, but the family will be watching.

"The community has really adopted me as their own and we are all exceptionally proud to be part of this town. Gareth and I are season ticket holders and have been there in the tough times under the WST and now the great times under the new ownership.

"We were looking forward to bringing Eleanor to a Wrexham game in the near future when she was old enough to appreciate what she was seeing. Hearing the Wrexham fans applauding for Eleanor at the Salford game would mean so much to all the family as we, like her are so intertwined in this community. It would be amazing to hear the fans acknowledge she was here."