Mascot Karl Thomas, who died in 1998 of cardiac problems, with Penycae players
Chairman Colin Jackson and youth secretary Dave Lovell
The new clubhouse
The view from the stand at the penycae FC's Afoneitha playing fields home
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A FOOTBALL team is building a new clubhouse and naming it in memory of a supporter who died at the age of just 14.
Karl Thomas who was a pupil at Ysgol y Grango, Rhos, died in 1998 from cardiac problems.
He was a keen follower and former mascot of Penycae Football Club and now the team has decided to name its new clubhouse the Karl Thomas Memorial Hall in his honour.
With the help of local businesses, the club has completely revamped an old mobile classroom, which will be based at its home ground on Afoneitha playing fields.
The facility will be used for hospitality during matches as well as fundraising events for the whole community.
Presentation nights will be held at the memorial hall for Penycae FC’s youth section in which the club boasts eight teams in total.
Club chairman Colin Jackson said: “Karl used to be our mascot when he was a little lad and when he grew up he always followed the club. We held a football match in his memory for charity and started donating to various causes, including Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), Wrexham Stroke Club, Nightingale House and local schools.
“We also set up a charity account with his family, which has built up in the last three or four years.” An annual charity day held in Karl’s memory has so far raised more than £18,000 for charitable causes.
Mr Jackson added: “When it came to building the clubhouse, we heard that there was a spare mobile classroom when they were building the school in Rhosymedre.
“We asked if we could have it and they said agreed but that we would need to pay transport costs. Karl’s family offered to pay some of it so we decided to name the hall after Karl to keep his memory alive.”
The memorial hall, which is expected to be opened after Christmas, was helped on its way with parts and labour donated by several local companies, including Kronospan, Travis Perkins, Huws Gray and Stoneflex.