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Are Wrexham fans becoming victims of the club’s success?

Wrexham will play against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Monday, January 29, which will be live on BBC Wales.

The Wrexham fan reaction to this change in kick-off time was mixed on Twitter (X).

Wrexham owners
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney's ownership of Wrexham has seen an increased spotlight on the club  – Photo by Icon Sport

Fan Reaction

Nige Griffiths said: “That’s spoilt a great day out for about 6 to 7 thousand people…kids have school the next day too.”

Phill P said: “Rubbish decision. Football is no longer about the fans that go to games and will mean some cannot go.”

However, the reaction to the change in kick-off time was not completely negative.

Paul Williams said: “We're on the tele let that sink in, little old Wrexham Town are on the tele what does that tell ya? Get used to it.”

Ada Walla added: “Fans will have to get used to this if club progresses any higher. Games take place on Monday, Thursday, and even Sunday evenings now just for TV. If it went to a replay, it would be a Tuesday like Sheff U last season. Still be good turnout regardless.”

Hollywood Exposure

As Ada mentions, Wrexham games being moved for TV is not a sudden phenomenon. The club’s growing status due to the American ownership of Hollywood stars, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, has led to an increased spotlight on the Welsh outfit.

Although some fans are understandably unhappy with the change to a Monday kick-off, it is a clear indication of the club’s ever-increasing growth and exposure.

Blackburn Rovers vs Wrexham Preview

Wrexham gained their place in the fourth round with a 1-0 victory away in the Cross-border derby against Shrewsbury Town, thanks to a goal from Tom O’Connor.

The Welsh club will be looking to reach the fifth round for the first time since the 1996/97 season. Wrexham last played Blackburn Rovers in 1982, which saw Wrexham win 1-0 thanks to a Dennis Leman goal. Notably, in the 16 head-to-head matches between the sides, ten of them have been drawn.

Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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