Once the trust became front runners to buy the club in the summer of 2011, I decided it was time to deepen my financial relationship with Wrexham FC by sponsoring a player.
With 3 others (one of which is my far wiser father), we decided that the man for us was midfield speedster Adrian Cieslewicz. Now in the spirit of transparency, I should say here that we only sponsor his Home shirt. His away shirt is sponsored by a Mr John Thompson of Doncaster.
I will go on record now as saying I think he is brilliant. (Chizz not Mr Thompson). Clearly he is incredibly fast and has got the potential to materially change a game when he comes off the bench, which is my preferred situation, with him coming on around the 60th minute to give the opposing defense a whole new problem to deal with. He’s got things to work on, as we all do, and I think has suffered a little from Obeng leaving who with his pace could overlap with Adrian and really cause havoc.
The Non League Paper picked him as one of their ’12 for 2012′ as well citing the way he ‘terrorises tiring defenders with his direct running late in games’.
The fact that we are in some way now tied to young Adrian, I find myself treating him like a distant family member. I find myself defending him to people I don’t know, cheering him louder than others and genuinely operating with a strange level of pride when he has a good game.
I’ve even asked ‘The Cheese’ to be my friend on Facebook. No response as yet. I assume he hasn’t got around to it. Although he did accept my sister’s friend request almost immediately when she asked him. Probably nothing in that though, he’s bound to accept mine soon.
Now it’s a lesser known fact that my second son was born during the Wrexham vs. Tamworth game this season. Actually during it. As I sat in the operating theatre holding him for the first time, I noticed that a nurse was on a computer in the corner (no, I hadn’t realised that they now have computers in operating theatres either). Anyway, as I sat there with my newborn son, I asked the nurse to look up the Wrexham score for me.
“You won mate. 3-0…………. An own goal, and goals from Tolley, and someone called…………….err……………….Chi-Ees-Zel-Wick-Ee”
“That’s Chizzy”, I said to the baby, “We sponsor him”.
Welcome to the family Adrian. Our family, but and also that of the Thompsons from Doncaster