Saturday 24th February saw Bellevue FC contesting the first Wrexham Community Cup against Wrexham Inclusion FC. In association with Wrexham DSA, the match between the clubs was arranged as part of the Kick it Out campaign to stamp out racism and discrimination in football alongside the Football Supporters Federation and Fans for Diversity.
The match featured Wrexham MP Ian Lucas as referee, and councillors Phil Wynn and Marc Jones from Wrexham Council as the referees assistants. Also represented at the match were Co-op who provided pitch side refreshments, inclusion charities North Wales Regional Equality Network, Ethnic Youth Support Team and Race Council Cymru as well as Cliff Evans from NEWFA and Nicki Beech from North East Wales League.
Wrexham DSA did attempt to count the crowd and estimated around 150 spectators had come to watch the match and support this great cause.
Bellevue had six players making debuts for the club, including a young fifteen year old goalkeeper who showed great maturity on the pitch, until a rare mistake allowed Wrexham Inclusion to equalise in the dying minutes of the match. Bellevue immediately reacted and handed the gloves to Bobby Gregory to man the sticks for a penalty finish. It proved the deciding tactical move as Gregory saved three spot kicks and saw one drift wide, allowing Bellevue to take home the trophy!
Following the match, both teams headed to Set the Bar at Wrexham bus station for a meal courtesy of Kick it Out before attending the Wrexham match against Aldershot Town. At half time of the Wrexham game, both teams were invited onto the pitch in order to be presented the trophy by Dave Norman from Kick it Out.