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Racecourse Autumn Sports, September 1869.

Cycle racing introduced and new rails added, paddock fenced off, as well as repairs to the main stand.

'Several great improvements have been made since last year in the course. Instead of so much 'ropeing," the committee have substituted rails, and the paddock, which used to be open, is now fenced round, giving the course the appearance of a first-class meeting. The large stand has also been put in thorough repair. The attendance was very large, about five thousand persons being present, and with the tents &, shooting galleries, flying boats, and nut stalls, the course presented a very lively appearance. The large stand was well filled, the committee realising 19 guineas to the fund by that alone.'

I - - ------ - --- - - - - - - -- - -- -- -- - - --I WREXHAM AUTUMN --SPORTS.|1869-09-11|Wrexham and Denbighshire Advertiser and Cheshire Shropshire and North Wales Register - Welsh Newspapers Online

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President of Wrexham Football Club and Vice-President of The Football Association of Wales, Sir Evan Morris- solicitor and J.P. Mayor of Wrexham (1888-89) was knighted by Queen Victoria during her visit to Wrexham in August 1889.

Sir Evan Morris 1841-1890
Evan Morris was the first President of Wrexham Football and Athletics Club from its founding in 1864, as well as being the founder of the Football Association of Wales

These gentlemen having suitably responded, Mr Aid. Smith proposed the health of the President of the Wrexham Football Club, Mr Evan Morris. (Loud cheers.) He (the speaker) had witnessed most of the important matches played in Wrexham, and he had great pleasure in congratulating the Wrexham club upon the admirable manner in which they had recently won the handsome cup from the Druids. (Applause.) They all knew Mr Morris' good qualities, and the interest he took in the game of football, and he believed Mr Morris was the founder of the Football Association of Wales. (Applause.) Mr Morris had been president of the Wrexham Football Club since its commencement, and he was sure the longer lie retained the position the more he lived in the hearts of the members of that club. (Hear, hear.) He always tried to be present at their matches, and when he was unable to attend he was admirably represented by his amiable lady. (Applause,) Mr Morris still took the same interest in the Wrexham club. id what was more he put his hand in his pocket in support of it


WREXHAM FOOTBALL CLUB. I|1883-06-02|Wrexham and Denbighshire Advertiser and Cheshire Shropshire and North Wales Register - Welsh Newspapers Online

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Whilst he did not play in the clubs first ever game, there can be few people, if any, who were more influential in the founding of Wrexham Football and Athletics Club, or The Football Association of Wales, or indeed the history of Wrexham itself.

Evan Morris

Evan Morris was born in Wrexham on July 25th 1842.
From humble beginnings, Evan rose to become a man of means, whose career and social endeavours were extraordinary.
After leaving school he trained as a solicitor, although he had many other business interests including chairmanships and directorships, and was the sole owner of a number of companies, as well as being a director of The Provincial Insurance Company. In addition, he played a major role in the expansion of the railway network in the region and he owned a considerable portfolio of properties and land, including land next to The Turf Tavern on The Racecourse.
In 1859, Evan joined The Denbighshire Rifle Volunteers, where he was later promoted to the rank of Captain, although he was also a Major in The Volunteer Brigade of The Royal Welch Fusiliers.
A member of The Denbighshire County Cricket Club Committee, Evan Morris was a founding member of The United Volunteer service Club, whose ideas gave rise to the birth of Wrexham Football and Athletics Club, a club which he played for and helped to fund. He was also elected as the clubs first President on its inception in 1864 and remained in the roll for most of his life.
Evan married Fannie Elizabeth Rowland, in Wrexham, on 17th September 1872, and the couple would have 6 daughters and one son: their family home was Rosenheath House on Rhosddu Road, which was later converted into The War Memorial Hospital.
He was elected a member of The Incorporated Law Society in 1875 and later served as a Magistrate. That same year, he was approached by Samuel Llewelyn Kenrick to help found The Football Association of Wales and subsequently, he would serve as Secretary and Vice President of the association for many years
A devout Christian who held a lifelong involvement with the church, Evan was passionate in his belief that athletics and football helped to improve moral behaviour, ease social tensions and bridge the void between the different social classes ‘football should be encouraged, for it brings men together; high and low, rich and poor, to contend on an equal platform, where one man is as good as another, and the best man wins’.
A County Counsellor for Holt, a Clerk to the Lieutenancy of the Borough, Secretary to The Denbighshire Ordnance Survey Association, Agent for local politicians and Chairman of The Finance Committee, he was also Chairman of the committee for The National Eisteddfod which was held in Wrexham in 1888. In November of the same year, Evan Morris was elected Lord Mayor of the Borough. Then, after Queen Victoria visited the town during a tour of the region, he was called to her residence at Pale Hall in Bala on 27th August 1889 and was bestowed with the honour of knighthood.
A man who was genuinely, highly regarded by the townsfolk of Wrexham, Evan Morris died at the age of 49 at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, while en route to France, on 18th April 1890.

Evan Morris
1842-1890

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Updated history 'The Early Years' on WST twitter and WST website

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Our 150th anniversary kit, last year, was taken from the earliest known Wrexham AFC kit, dated 1878
Wrexham - Historical Football Kits

Although I have found evidence that this kit dates back to 28th October 1876.

To-day (Saturday), there will be a scratch match between the Wrexham First eleven v Remainder of Club. There is every prospect of its being a well- contested game. We understand the club will play in their new colours in this match, viz. a Scarlet and black jersey and stockings, white knickerbockers and blue caps.

FOOTBALL.|1876-10-28|Wrexham Guardian - Welsh Newspapers Online

Like the majority of early teams, our original 1864 colours consisted of 'cricket whites' although teams were distinguished by wearing distinctively coloured caps, scarves or sashes, and as our 1876 kit incorporated a blue cap, it seems likely that our original colours were white (cricket whites) with a blue cap scarf or sash; colours we would use (blue and white) for much of our early history.
Thankfully, we saw sense and changed this to red and white from 1939

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Found this from 1891.
Wales International match against Canada at The Racecourse, which doesn't appear in Wales FA results history.

FOOTBALL.|1891-09-22|South Wales Echo - Welsh Newspapers Online

Wales 1 Canada 1

21st September 1891

http://newspapers.library.wales/view...l%20F.A.%20ban

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Found this from 1891.
Wales International match against Canada at The Racecourse, which doesn't appear in Wales FA results history.

FOOTBALL.|1891-09-22|South Wales Echo - Welsh Newspapers Online

Wales 1 Canada 1

21st September 1891

FOOTBALL.|1891-09-18|Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent - Welsh Newspapers Online

That is interesting, I wonder why it doesn't appear in the official records?

This website has it down as an unofficial international, wonder if that has anything to do with it?
Welsh Football Online | Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae

It would also predate our first official game against a non British Isles team by more than 40 years.
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That is interesting, I wonder why it doesn't appear in the official records?

This website has it down as an unofficial international, wonder if that has anything to do with it?
Welsh Football Online | Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae

It would also predate our first official game against a non British Isles team by more than 40 years.
Thanks CABW, I hadnt seen that unofficial international games page.
I know that the Canadian team later went down to play South Wales in Cardiff after John Taylor- secretary to WFA wrote to the Cardiff Association.
I can only presume that as Canada was not part of the Home International pact, they were not deemed to be an official national club, and I presume at that time, true international matches against non British countries had really not really been thought of much due to cost, as there is a lot in the newspapers at that time about trying to find money for international matches.

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seems that Canada didn't have an official FA untill 1912
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadi...er_Association

This team was the Ontario based Western Football Association. the forerunners of the Canadian FA who toured GB in 1888/89

http://gottfriedfuchs.blogspot.co.uk...sles-1888.html

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Whilst he did not play in the clubs first ever game, there can be few people, if any, who were more influential in the founding of Wrexham Football and Athletics Club, or The Football Association of Wales, or indeed the history of Wrexham itself.

Evan Morris

Evan Morris was born in Wrexham on July 25th 1842.
From humble beginnings, Evan rose to become a man of means, whose career and social endeavours were extraordinary.
After leaving school he trained as a solicitor, although he had many other business interests including chairmanships and directorships, and was the sole owner of a number of companies, as well as being a director of The Provincial Insurance Company. In addition, he played a major role in the expansion of the railway network in the region and he owned a considerable portfolio of properties and land, including land next to The Turf Tavern on The Racecourse.
In 1859, Evan joined The Denbighshire Rifle Volunteers, where he was later promoted to the rank of Captain, although he was also a Major in The Volunteer Brigade of The Royal Welch Fusiliers.
A member of The Denbighshire County Cricket Club Committee, Evan Morris was a founding member of The United Volunteer service Club, whose ideas gave rise to the birth of Wrexham Football and Athletics Club, a club which he played for and helped to fund. He was also elected as the clubs first President on its inception in 1864 and remained in the roll for most of his life.
Evan married Fannie Elizabeth Rowland, in Wrexham, on 17th September 1872, and the couple would have 6 daughters and one son: their family home was Rosenheath House on Rhosddu Road, which was later converted into The War Memorial Hospital.
He was elected a member of The Incorporated Law Society in 1875 and later served as a Magistrate. That same year, he was approached by Samuel Llewelyn Kenrick to help found The Football Association of Wales and subsequently, he would serve as Secretary and Vice President of the association for many years
A devout Christian who held a lifelong involvement with the church, Evan was passionate in his belief that athletics and football helped to improve moral behaviour, ease social tensions and bridge the void between the different social classes ‘football should be encouraged, for it brings men together; high and low, rich and poor, to contend on an equal platform, where one man is as good as another, and the best man wins’.
A County Counsellor for Holt, a Clerk to the Lieutenancy of the Borough, Secretary to The Denbighshire Ordnance Survey Association, Agent for local politicians and Chairman of The Finance Committee, he was also Chairman of the committee for The National Eisteddfod which was held in Wrexham in 1888. In November of the same year, Evan Morris was elected Lord Mayor of the Borough. Then, after Queen Victoria visited the town during a tour of the region, he was called to her residence at Pale Hall in Bala on 27th August 1889 and was bestowed with the honour of knighthood.
A man who was genuinely, highly regarded by the townsfolk of Wrexham, Evan Morris died at the age of 49 at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, while en route to France, on 18th April 1890.

Evan Morris
1842-1890
He crammed a lot into his short life.
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