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Old 23rd December 2020, 18.32:24   #21-0 (permalink)
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A secretary needs a statue?
He deserves a statue, he has been immense behind the scenes.
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If we are doing this for real :

1 John Neal

2 Arfon Griffiths

3 Joey Jones

4 Mickey Thomas

First reserve Brian Flynn.

They have done more for the club on the field than anyone else. Off the field I understand the former Secretary but in the modern era it’s Geraint Parry but for a suite rather than a stand.
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If we are doing this for real :

1 John Neal

2 Arfon Griffiths

3 Joey Jones

4 Mickey Thomas

First reserve Brian Flynn.

They have done more for the club on the field than anyone else. Off the field I understand the former Secretary but in the modern era it’s Geraint Parry but for a suite rather than a stand.
A great selection, and in the right priority.

Geraint is the club’s unsung hero, who deserves something in recognition for all he does out of the limelight but, due to his modesty, would probably balk at the idea.
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Be lovely to have something that recognises Ally McGowan. A great stalwart of the club.
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Returning to a serious note, though I know Redsussex, may not agree I firmly believe the gentleman who I hold responsible for the founding of this club, and was the first honorable secretary and that is EDWARD MANNERS...
He certainly should be recognised...
I would not dispute that Edward Manners announced his intention to buy a football in the course of the week, back in October 1864, WAL. And certainly, he initially took on the role as the first Hon Secretary of the club, although I would say that this was just a continuation of his role as the secretary of the cricket club.
In the early days, both cricket and football were regarded as just being different aspects of athletic sport, and it should be remembered that the football club was actually started as an athletics club, with football being just one of the sporting activities that the new club would experiment with.
In his end of season speech at The Turf Tavern in October 1864, Manners announced his intention to buy a football after he had spoken with the Mayor, and the mayor had stated that he wanted to see an athletic club formed in the town. But this desire to start an athletic club was part of a much larger movement which was sweeping through industrial towns in particular, due to major social issues.
Wrexham had been undergoing enormous changes throughout the industrial revolution, and public disorder, especially disorder caused through alcohol, was a massive concern for the authorities and civic leaders in the mid 19th Century.
The Wrexham Races had been abandoned just 6 years earlier due to such disorder, and athletic sport was now widely being championed as a new healthier pastime for the masses, rather than spending their spare time drinking. Athletic sport clubs were the new health craze that was being promoted by the authorities and civic groups throughout industrial towns, and this is the reason why so many of the early football clubs retained the name of ‘athletic’ including Wrexham Football and Athletic Club.

Back in January 1863, The Provincial Welsh Insurance Company had become the first organisation in the town to open its own gymnasium (at its offices) and as you know, most of those clerks would soon become founding members of the football club. But this gymnasium was only available to Provincial office staff, and so in October 1863, cricket club members-Charles Edward Kershaw and Evan Morris (with a few others) started a new organisation ‘ The United Volunteer Services Club’ for the specific purpose of bringing athletic sport to the masses in the winter evenings.
At the inaugural meeting, they started a fund to raise money to pay for premises where athletic sport could take place.
Now, Edward Manners was the Hon Sec and chairman of the new cricket club (The Denbighshire County Club) which was also founded in 1864, but Kershaw was the Vice Chairman, who also sometimes stood in as chairman, as too did Evan Morris, and so it is inevitable that they would be instrumental in bringing their ideas about a new athletic club to The Racecourse.
The speeches made at the inaugural meeting of the UVSC are remarkably similar to that made by Edward Manners at the Turf Hotel in 1864, both in grammar and content, but the fact that the United Volunteer Services Club disbanded as soon as Wrexham Football and Athletic Club was created, just confirms that C. E. Kershaw and Evan Morris had achieved their aim, by bringing athletic sport for the masses to The Racecourse: or else they would have continued with their quest in the UVSC.
Edward Manners was much more focused on the cricket club and The Denbighshire County Cricket Club (formerly Wrexham Cricket Club) was his real baby. Whereas Charles Kershaw was the first club captain and that sole report of our first ever game even recorded those 10 men of Wrexham Football and Athletic Club as ‘Mr Kershaw’s side’.
I think that Edward Manners was more of an early figurehead for the club, which was started during a period of social changes in the town, but in terms of the founding of the new club itself, then, this was really initiated by Charles Kershaw and Evan Morris (imo).
A stand named after Edward Manners would certainly be a good testament to our history and recognition of his involvement, WAL, although I think that he only got involved after messrs Kershaw and Morris had started the ball rolling.

That aside, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year WAL.

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