What Do We Want…When Do We Want It?

Before home games I normally drop my Grandparents off at Cashconverters, which provides me with just enough money to get a seat behind the goal. It’s quite a cosy shop, or so my Grandparents tell me when I pick them up on payday. On the way to the ground it gives me a great thrill when Mark Griffiths (International Goalkeeper, etc ,etc , etc) waves to me from his helicopter, as it lands on his private pad on top of Glyndwr University. He kindly pays me a pound for every article I write for Wrexhamfan , although I actually receive 50p. Mark says this is for complicated tax reasons, and I’m very grateful he sorts it out for me. It’s an unequal world, so are Wrexham fans willing to do anything about it?

The Trust, Club, and supporters groups can generate sufficient income to provide a ‘top five’ playing budget. Let’s be clear about how unequal the playing budgets are in the Conference. An educated guess at Wrexham’s playing budget is £600,000, Salisbury’s has been quoted by its chairman at £400,000, Luton’s and Forest Green’s budgets are estimated to be around Two million. Luton have a lot of fans, Forest Green have a lot of money, is this fair? How can we ever get out of the Conference if between two and four clubs spend significantly more money on players than we do, and can sack (and compensate) managers until they find a good one.

Michel Platini’s reaction to inequality in football is the ‘Financial Fair Play’ rules. Basically he wants clubs to live within their football incomes. I appreciate the sentiment, but am entirely unconvinced the goals are achievable and more importantly there is any point to achieving them. Football has to sell clothing, cars, mobile phones and beer. This is the global purpose of football, everything else is incidental. No fan can hope their team will meet all others on an equal footing, and I think most fans enjoy the David and Goliath aspect of games.

Don Bircham’s plan to tackle our perceived unfair share of football spoils is a popular one. He has advocated we must use our resources to climb back into the league as soon as possible, and this is the top priority. I think that aim would have the backing of most fans of the club, it doesn’t have my backing. I think Don Bircham is setting us a target we cannot guarantee we will reach, and in aiming to achieve it so single-mindedly we may fail to achieve a far more important goal.

Nearly losing the club made us realise how precious it is. It is precious to Wrexham and can be an even greater source of community pride, pleasure and adhesion. I’ve just been reading about the Joe Clarke Project’s (a newish fans group) curry night with Joe Clarke attending. It sounds like everybody had a great time, made new friends, and wanted to do more together. That’s the point of the Club! and investing in this aspect  is guaranteed to bring reward to the community.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to get back in to the league, but I value the Club not by its league or financial position, but by the amount of value it is giving to its community. We can’t generate enough funds to guarantee promotion, so I want some consideration given to funding successes we can achieve. If the club invests solely on promotion season after season, and we fail, then the money is lost. If we invest a bit in the community then the rewards are lasting. What do you want? and when do you want it?

3 thoughts on “What Do We Want…When Do We Want It?

  1. That’s a fine sentiment, but in reality, if the club doesn’t get promoted, there will come a tip over point where fans won’t attend matches, and the club is no longer viable, the community piece that comes along with following a football club will disappear too.
    Another point, Don doesn’t set the aims for the club, the owners do, via their representatives. Don carries out the will of the owners, he doesn’t set the aims. And if you asked the owners whether they’d prefer a curry with what may soon be ex-players to watching Wrexham back in the League, I think you would know the answer. What you have written is interesting, but obviously your opinion, and we ALL have them.

  2. I see this site is like any other, censored when someone disagrees with your ‘facts’. Poor, poor show

    1. No, in fact it’s run by me and I have a life to get on with – I’ve been away for a couple of days and to be frank, checking if someone has put a comment on a blog isn’t as high up in my priorities as certain other matters, like paying the mortgage and putting food on the table. Quite what you think I’ve objected to in your post bewilders me as I can’t see anything which would warrant censorship. Thanks for jumping to such a remarkable conclusion.

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