Wrexham Football Club: History, Performance and Future

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Wrexham Football Club

boiniznamenaWrexham Football Club is a professional football club based in Wrexham, Wales. The club was founded in 1864, making it the oldest club in Wales and the third oldest professional football club in the world.  Wrexham currently competes in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system.

History of Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham Football Club initially participated in friendlies and cup competitions, and first joined the league with entry to The Combination in 1890. The club spent 13 seasons in The Combination and two seasons in the Welsh Senior League, winning four The Combination titles and two Welsh Senior League title.

The club joined the Birmingham & District League in 1905, where it remained until becoming a founder member of the Football League’s Northern Division in 1921.  Wrexham spent 37 years in the north until being placed in the newly created Division Three in 1958 and then relegated two years later.

Wrexham were promoted out of Division Four in 1961-62, only to be relegated again two years later. Another promotion followed in 1969-70, and the club reached Division Two for the first time after winning the Division Three title in 1977-78. Two successive relegations saw the club return to the fourth tier in 1983, and there were no further promotions until 1992–93.

Relegated once again in 2002, the club earned direct promotion in 2002–03, before worsening financial problems resulted in another relegation and then administration in December 2004.  The club took 18 months to emerge from administration and the club’s decline on the pitch continued, as the club dropped out of the Football League in 2008.

Wrexham then had five unsuccessful play-off campaigns in the fifth tier of the English football league system, before promoted as champions of the 2022-23 National League; they play in EFL League Two.

Wrexham Football Club Achievements

Wrexham Football Club’s achievements include winning the Welsh Cup 23 times, the Football League Trophy in 2005 at the Millennium Stadium and the FA Trophy in 2013 at Wembley Stadium.

The club were also record winners of the short-lived FAW Premier Cup, winning it five times in its 11-year tenure, participating against other Welsh clubs such as Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County.

However, the club’s greatest rivalries are with English clubs Chester, Shrewsbury Town, and Tranmere Rovers, with matches between these clubs known as cross-border derbies. ² In 1992, Wrexham beat English champions Arsenal in the FA Cup.

The Future of Wrexham Football Club

The future of Wrexham Football Club looks bright after the club was acquired by Wrexham Holdings LLC, a company owned by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, in November 2020. ³ The new owners pledged to invest £2 million into the club and have a vision to make Wrexham become a “powerful global football club”.

Wrexham have also benefited from new manager Phil Parkinson, who was appointed in November 2021. Parkinson has experience of promotion from the fourth and third tier with Colchester United, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers. Under his leadership, Wrexham won the 2022–23 National League title by 10 points from the second-placed team.

Wrexham are now preparing to return to the Football League after a 14-year absence. The club hopes to attract more fans, sponsors and media with its global brand. The club also plans to renovate the Racecourse Ground Stadium, which is the oldest football stadium in the world still in regular use.

Wrexham Football Club is a football club with a long history, proud achievements and a promising future. The club is one of the oldest and most historic clubs in the world, and also one of the most innovative and ambitious. Wrexham is a club worth following for all football fans.