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Former Wales legends Mickey Thomas and Malcolm Allen spearhead campaign to bring international sport back to the Racecourse Ground

May 10th 2022, 12:18 pm by Allan Longshadow

Mickey Thomas and Malcolm Allen are spearheading a campaign to secure the funding necessary to develop a 5,500 seater stand at the KOP End of the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham to bring international football back to North Wales.

The campaign is urging supporters of Welsh Sport the length and breadth of Wales to sign an online Register of Support at https://www.change.org/StadiumNorth which will be presented to UK Government decision makers before a funding decision is made in the Summer of 2022.

Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) will make the bid for funding called “The Wrexham Gateway” which includes funding for a 5,500 stand, improved media, broadcast and floodlight facilities, a 400 space multi-storey car park and ground works for convention centre and hotel. The bid includes a mixture of public and private funding to achieve the ambition.

Mickey Thomas said

“The funding is vital if North Wales is to realise its ambition of having facilities capable of hosting international sport. Currently there are no facilities in the North of Wales that are capable of hosting international sport (football and rugby) and therefore by default all sport must be played in an area South of the M4 in Wales.
“This lack of facilities means that a majority of young people and families across North Wales are excluded from these events due to the cost and difficulty of getting to Cardiff on a match day and that cannot be right.”

Malcolm Allen added,

“Everyone knows that there can be long term health benefits of inspiring young people to take part in sport and access to internationals can play an important role in attracting participation. I urge everyone to take the couple of minutes it will take and sign your support for the funding bid. We need to show the decision makers how important this is to the people of Wales and bring back international football to its place of birth in Wrexham.”

The campaign will run until mid June and provide information and communication that raises awareness of the “Wrexham Gateway” funding application and share easy to follow, easy to do ways in which people can back the campaign.

Photo credit: J.Allan Longshadow