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Wrexham Is The Name

In 1978 a group of Wrexham supporters recorded 'Wrexham Is the Name' which is sung to the tune of Men of Harlech.

The record was made in recognition of arguably the ‘glory days’ of Wrexham Football Club history which saw famous victories in the European Cup Winners Cup, the FA Cup and league Cup.

The following song was to establish cult status amongst the Racecourse faithful, which still remains as popular as ever.  In later years, the tune has been adopted by fans following the national side and more recently Cardiff City.

Before the song there’s a speech by then manager Arfon Griffiths who is a Wrexham and Wales legend.

After the short speech you hear a snippet of the song and then he’s faded back in again where Griffiths reads a role call of Wrexham players:

Windows media player  Wrexham Supporters Club and Arfon Griffiths – This Is Arfon Griffiths (Wrexham Is The Name)

 Wrexham A.F.C 1977/78

Wrexham A.F.C. 1977/78

Back row: John Lyons, Dixie McNeil, Mel Sutton, Tony Larkin Middle row: Bobby Shinton, Wayne Cegielski, John Roberts, Alan Hill, Dai Davies, Eddie Neidzwiecki, Steve Kenworthy, Les Cartwright, George Showell Front row: Alan Dwyer, Stuart Lee, Mike Thomas, Arfon Griffiths, Gareth Davis, Graham Whittle, Mike Williams, Mickey Evans

Wrexham is the Name

Windows media player   Wrexham Supporters Club – Wrexham Is The Name

Here they come our mighty champions, raise your voices to the anthem,

Marching like a mighty army, Wrexham is the name.

See the ‘Reds’ who fight together, speak their names with pride forever

Marching like a mighty army, Wrexham is the name.

Chorus

Fearless in devotion, rising to promotion

Rising to the ranks of mighty heroes, fighting foes in every land.

History only tells the story, we are here to see your glory.

Stand aside, the Reds are coming, Wrexham is the name.

We have made the mighty  humble, we have made the mountains rumble

Falling to our mighty army, Wrexham is the name.

Down the wings the ‘Reds’ are roaring, to our greatest goal wer’e soaring.

Destiny we hear you calling, Wrexham is the name.

Chorus – Repeat 1st and 2nd Verses.

 

The film ZULU...an inspiration     

We've all seen the marvellous movie, where the heroic Welsh garrison at Rorke's Drift match the awesome Zulu war-chants with a stirring rendition of Men of Harlech. Come on Ivor, sing something they know …

Back in 1964, a young up-and-coming composer by the name of John Barry delivered one of the first outstanding scores of his career for Zulu, an epic-scope adventure set in 1879 during the Boer War. Directed by Cy Enfield and starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins and a still unknown Michael Caine, Zulu told the story of 120 British soldiers who, under threat from an advancing army of over 4000 warriors, and against all the odds, successfully defended their stronghold at Rorke's Drift.

Come on you Reds!

Myths of the Anglo-Zulu war

The year - 1879. The place - Natal, Africa. One British garrison has already fallen to a huge army of Zulu tribesmen. The fearless native warriors are now heading /for the isolated colonial outpost of Rorke's Drift, which is manned by no more than a hundred South Wales Borderers.

A stirring tale of courage under fire, Zulu boasts fine performances from Michael Caine and Stanley Baker as conflicting British officers, and an unforgettable rendition of "Men of Harlech".

Well, it wasn't quite like that. In fact, the county designation of the 24th Regiment in 1879 was the 2nd Warwickshires; they didn't change their title to the South Wales Borderers until 1st July 1881 - almost exactly two years after the war had ended. True, the Regimental Depot had been established at Brecon, in South Wales, in 1873, and from that point there was a small but significant increase in Welsh recruits in the ranks. In fact, however, recruits for the regiment - like every other battalion in the British army - were signed on at recruiting depots across the country, and the 24th consisted of men from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The most that can be said is that the Welsh connection had, by 1879, led to a rather higher proportion of Welshman in the ranks than was common elsewhere. Nevertheless, even the most optimistic search of the regimental roll can find only 19 men of B Company, 2/24th, with any sort of Welsh connection - out of a total strength of more than 80. Of course, there were detachments of numerous other units - including Colonial Volunteers - present at the battle, making a total garrison of about 145. So the Welsh contingent comprised no more than 15% of the total.

And no-one, I'm sorry to say, sang Men of Harlech; the regimental march in 1879 was The Warwickshire Lads.

 

Links

Penmon - Wrexham A.F.C  1977/78

Wrexham F.C Club Database

 

 

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Wrexham is the Name

Wrexham is the Name

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