WREXHAM AFC'S STok Cae Ras ground will soon have a new stand in place to replace the old historic Kop.

Wrexham Council recently approved an application to allow 5,500 seats to be used at the new Kop stand.

That will take the capacity of what is the world's oldest active international football stadium to over 16,000 once it opens.

A temporary stand is currently in place for the rest of the Reds' 2023/24 season as they look to earn promotion to EFL League One.

And although Wrexham AFC has confirmed that the new Kop won't be ready for the start of next season (24/25), it will be built in the next few years, with fans already eagerly anticipating its arrival.

With that in mind, we asked our readers (and Wrexham fans) what they would call the new stand once it's open or who they would dedicate it to.

Here's what they had to say ...

A large majority of readers suggested that the Kop should be named after Wrexham legend Joey Jones.

The former Wales international and Liverpool star spent two separate spells with Wrexham, making 479 appearances.

The defender (below) won the Welsh Cup with the Reds in 1975 and is held in very high regard among Wrexham fans.

The Leader:

Nigel Beaumont said: "Joey Jones stand with a statue outside?"

Allan Jones told us: "Joey Jones, simply no words needed. Imagine his name with a photo of his fist pump in the middle of the stand, going into the ground and on the back wall, for players to see as they run to that end."

Richard Isherwood added: "Joey Jones stand, I can’t think of a man who hasn’t been such a figurehead for Wrexham since the 90’s for me. He helped with first team and youth teams and Wales of course.

"There can't be a man or woman that didn’t get uplifted by that fist coming out of the dugout. He gave a good chunk of his life personally and professionally to our club."


Several others believe it should be named after late Reds fan Ian 'Jacko' Roberts (pictured below).

He was the main chanter and song-starter on the Kop for many years and later the Glyndwr University Stand before his death from cancer in 2017.

Michelle MacDonald said: "Got to include Jacko's name in my opinion."

Dave Bond added: "Jacko Memorial Stand, the voice of the kop for decades."

The Leader: Many other fans, unsurprisingly, wanted the Kop to be dedicated to the club's star owners, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds.

David Richards said: "The R & R Kop stand. Without them it would never have been built."

Martin Sonje said: "How can we realistically not call it something that includes our current owners' names, as well as the WST (Wrexham Supporters Trust) they saved our club!"

There were also a lot of fans who said that the stand should act as a nod to Wrexham's past.

Sarah Cherry said: "The Pit Stand. In memory of the miners."

Diane Thistlethwaite agreed, saying: "The Miners' Memorial Stand."

Katrina Smith added: "Pwll glo stand...coal mine stand."

Stephanie Wood said: "Out of all the comments "Colliers Kop" is my favourite. Both words mean so much to Wrexham and its history."

David Blakeley told us: "So many great ex-players and influential names from the history of our great club but for me The “Gresford Memorial Stand “ would be fitting for the club and the memories of the miners who lost their lives after swapping shifts to watch there beloved Wrexham FC."

Some of the other suggestions put forward by our readers ...

Brian Guest was again thinking about the club's famous takeover and said: "The Hollywood Stand."

Meanwhile, Jason Jones wanted it to be dedicated to an FA Cup hero. He told us: "Mickey Thomas stand."

George Cookson offered a great suggestion with: "Phoenix, as it has risen again"

Dylan Jones added: "Quite simply name it after the guy who instigated the forming of the club in 1864... The Edward Manners Stand."

Ron Badgley told us: "I would name it after Lily Jones' Dad! Gareth Jones Memorial Kop! This man loved Wrexham! He didn’t get a chance to see them get promoted. This man was Wrexham."

Nearly 500 people put forward suggestions on our Facebook post about the name for the new Kop - so it's fair to say people are looking forward to it becoming a part of the STok Cae Ras in future!

What do you think it should be called? Let us know in the comments below.