Wrexham AFC Legends doing their bit to boost grassroots football and communities
Gareth Owen (hoops) in action for Wrexham Legends in the recent 3-3 draw with Caerwys. Picture: Lee Douglas

Past stars of North Wales’ most successful football club are busy dusting off their boots and raising money for great causes this summer.

Wrexham AFC Legends are playing a series of matches across North Wales to give our amateur clubs and their communities a financial boost.

They recently took on an all-time Caerwys XI where proceeds went to local school Ysgol yr Esgob and Caerwys in Bloom and have games coming up against Brickfield Rangers and Brymbo.

The Dragons’ select have played a game a season for the last three years, but are now becoming more active.
And those representing the Racecourse Ground club are names to savour.

They include:

Steve Watkin

Best known for the goal he scored to secure a 2–1 victory for Division Four Wrexham over then First Division champions Arsenal in a FA Cup third round tie in 1992.

Watkin made 204 appearances for Wrexham between 1989-1997, scoring 57 goals. He later moved to Swansea City for £108,000 and featured in 207 matches for the Swans, netting 44 times.

Karl Connolly

Fans’ hero who represented Wrexham between 1991-2000, bagging 88 goals in 358 league games. Signed by Brian Flynn as a left-winger, but following the departure of Gary Bennett to Tranmere Rovers in 1995, Connolly was played as the main striker.

Connolly featured in many of Wrexham’s finest FA Cup games, including the 2-1 win against Arsenal, the 2-1 victory versus Ipswich Town, the magnificent cup run of 1996-97, and the 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough in 1999. He later played for Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City.

Gareth Owen

Owen spent 12 years as a professional at Wrexham, and was rewarded by a testimonial match against Manchester United in 2000 which drew a crowd of 13,000 to the Racecourse Ground.

He made 298 appearances for the Dragons between 1989 and 2001, as well as being capped for the Wales U21 side.

Owen was another to play in the famous 1991-92 FA Cup triumph over the mighty Arsenal.

After a spell with Doncaster Rovers, Owen went on to play and manage in the Welsh Premier League.

Lee Jones

Born in Wrexham, Jones began his career with his hometown club.

In March 1992 he moved to Liverpool, aged 18. However, he only managed four appearances in five years, in part due to suffering two broken legs. 

He was loaned out to Crewe, twice back to Wrexham, before transferring to Tranmere Rovers in 1996/97. He spent three years with Tranmere. In July 2000 he moved onto Barnsley, but in 2002 he returned to Wrexham for a fourth spell.

Jones, who won two full caps for Wales, went on to spend a number of seasons in the Welsh Premier League, and coached the Glyndŵr University Football Academy at Wrexham FC.

Others involved with the Wrexham Legends include Stephen Thomas, Kevin Jones, Martin Chalk, Dave Walsh and Paul Whitfield to name but a few.

Their next game is at Clywedog Park against Brickfield Rangers Legends on Saturday, July 6

Former Brickfield player Jim Whitley, who went on to play for Wrexham, is set to feature, as well as ex-Dragons and Wales striker Neil Roberts, plus Robin Gibson, whose goal knocked Premiership Middlesbrough out of the 1999-2000 FA Cup.

The Brickfield game is due to kick off at 3pm, with a Local Legends v Royal Air Force match set for 12 noon. 

On Sunday, August 18, Wrexham Legends will play at Brymbo Football Club to raise funds for Brymbo Sports’ campaign against anti-social behaviour on @GoFundMeUK 

Follow Wrexham Legends on Twitter at @LegendsWrexham

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