Welcome back to the Soul of Sport and welcome to Wrexham! For our latest installment of the series, Mail Sport’s ANDY HOOPER explored the sights and fans as the Welsh club hosted Morecambe for a League Two match on Saturday.
The hosts are the oldest professional football club in Wales and the third oldest in the world.
In recent years their global status has increased significantly, thanks to Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, who became owners of the club in 2021 and put the town in the spotlight through the Disney+ documentary ‘Welcome to Wrexham’, which gave the club a huge has given it new prestige. profile under his new management.
They have moved into League Two from non-league and now sit second in the division, following Saturday’s stunning 6-0 win over Morecambe.
Our man Andy Hooper was at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday capturing the best moments, as well as the fans and the area in and around Wrexham.
Wrexham is the third oldest professional football team in the world and was promoted to the English fourth tier earlier this year
On Saturday they welcomed Morecambe for a league match and ran out a 6-0 winner, with Paul Mullin scoring a hat-trick.
Fans were keen to show off their red, green and white colors in the Turf pub next to the Racecourse Ground
The stadium, which opened in 1804 and became an official football field in 1864, pays tribute to many people with this brick wall
A few visiting fans eat chips from a bollard outside The Turf Pub’s butty van, which sits near the ground
The pub features photos dedicated to Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, who took over Wrexham AFC in 2021
Young fans play in front of a local mural that shows the city’s pride in their League Two football team
Young fans were also in the stadium in large numbers hoping to meet the players ahead of the match
Paul Mullins talks to a regular fan before the match, where he would score three times against Morecambe
A young girl brought her Welsh Dragon toy to have her photo taken with Mullin, an encounter that made her day
Mullin celebrated at the whistle as the referees shook the players’ hands at the end of the match
Mullin suffered a punctured lung in a pre-season match in the US but has returned to help his team rise to second in the table
Mullin celebrated with teammate and fellow Wrexham AFC striker Ollie Palmer during the emphatic home win
Fans loved to celebrate this during the match, by parading a bright red and white flag in the team’s colors
Mullins failed to stop Morecambe goalkeeper Adam Smith from scoring three goals in the League Two match
Fans proudly wore their red and white Wrexham scarves as they cheered alongside their side for a 6-0 win
Mullin spent three years at Morecambe between 2014 and 2017, scoring 25 goals for The Shrimps during that period
The old Kopp Stand has been demolished at the far end of the Racecourse Ground, with a town church now in the background
Morecambe’s Adam Smith initially joined the club on a short-term deal in February 2022 but is on a contract for the season
A winter silhouette of a young fan in November, wearing a bright red Wrexham hat in support of their team
Fans of all ages were among the first to enter the Racecourse Stadium and soak up the atmosphere before kick-off
Sausages are cooked for hungry fans in the van at The Turf Pub outside Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground