A WREXHAM AFC legend has met a dragon designed by two teenage blacksmiths that has been named after him. 

Dixie McNeil, formerly managed and played for The Reds, met with Ollie and Harvey Roberts , from Borras, after they named their latest design after him. 

The Leader: Ollie and Harvey pictured with 'Dixie' the dragonOllie and Harvey pictured with 'Dixie' the dragon (Image: User generated content)

Dixie the dragon is the pair of cousin's latest masterpiece. They made national headlines after starting their own blacksmiths business during the first Covid lockdown in 2020 - despite being aged just 12 and 13 respectively. 

Since then, they have gone on to make numerous designs in aid of good causes - including the humanitarian effort in Ukraine and the flood relief effort in Pakistan. Last year, they won a prestigious Child of Wales award for their efforts.


Ollie, aged 16, and Harvey, aged 15, are raising money for Nightingale House Hospice through their latest design, which is set to feature in series 3 of the Welcome to Wrexham TV series. 

They are planning on displaying Dixie outside a Wrexham AFC home match where they will ask for donations, but also want to take Dixie "on tour" around Wrexham to different locations, and Nightingale House have also agreed to accompany them. 

Dixie McNeil scored 54 league goals in 167 appearances for The Reds between 1977 and 182, and managed the club between 1985 and 1989. 

The Leader: Dixie with DixieDixie with Dixie (Image: User generated content)

Ollie and Harvey said: "We chose to name the dragon Dixie after Wrexham FC legend Dixie McNeil because not only is he a legend in Wrexham, but he is also our Great Grandad's sporting hero so it felt fitting to name him Dixie The Dragon.

"As we are hoping to donate the dragon to the football club, Dixie will be forever at The Racecourse. We met Dixie McNeil, he saw the dragon and wanted to come and meet him at the workshop, he was very impressed and it was a pleasure to meet him."

Ollie's mum, Lucy Roberts, said: "This is the lads' biggest challenge to date, and they are overwhelmed with the volume of support they are getting from the public and of course Dixie McNeil who wants to keep heavily involved.

"They wanted to challenge themselves to start 2024, and they really have."