It will go down in history as Super Tuesday. The day the takeover of Wrexham AFC finally went through, and we had final permission for our optimism to go through the roof.
Oh, we also had an excellent away win against the side which was 5th in the table, and in doing so jumped back into the play-off positions for the first time since early December.
What a time to be a red!
Naturally, there wasn’t too much new information to be had on Tuesday. After all, we’d been waiting for the inevitable for so long that the sort of broad brush strokes of the owners’ intentions had already been set out.
The most pleasing piece of new information, for me, was the support offered to the Racecourse Community Foundation. The owners have been clear that they want to make an impact on Wrexham as a community, and here was a tangible manifestation of that.
The Racecourse Foundation’s work is outstanding, and now they will have scope to dream big and tackle ambitious projects they had previously not been able to fund.
I’m particularly pleased to see that investment will be made in the women’s team. If we’re going to dream big, why shouldn’t we have a team that can compete at a high level in women’s football?
I wrote about this when the team was launched, and even though the interest of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney was unimaginable then, I still felt that we had the potential to become one of the major sides in Welsh football. Why on earth shouldn’t we be?
Women’s football is still in a nascent stage. That’s not to ignore the rich history of the women’s game going back through the decades, but the process of catching up with the massive leap the men’s game made in the 1990s is only just beginning.
There have often been issues with obtaining shirt sponsors in the Women’s Premier League, with these deals often a tacked-on condition of the men’s sponsorship deal. Even at Premier Leahue level, clubs don’t tend to devote separate resources to the commercial side, so deals for the women’s team tend to be neglected. That’s why Everton’s separate deal made the news – it was a big step forward commercially for the women’s game.
While the discrepancy may never be fully addressed – the Premier League is too vast a behemoth to challenge commercially and even the Spanish and German leagues can’t compete with it! – the truth is that the women’s game will surely kick on strongly from here. Wrexham getting in at this point, with the funding to make a difference, could be a massive moment in our club’s history.
I’m probably out of step with most people, because I’m genuinely as excited by the new owners’ impact on non-men’s team matters as I am about the possibility of climbing the leagues. This town has had a rough time of it, and it’s not just the football club which is on the way back.