I have decided to name my mannequin Robyn. This was decided on after asking my friends on Facebook to come up with their own suggestions. There were a whole host of suggestions from Roxanne to Gertrude, but in the end I decided to follow the advice given by my friend, Ted Eames.
His suggestion was Rita Racecourse as he thought I should keep with the Wrexham AFC theme that is prevalent throughout my bungalow. I totally agree with the Football connection, but I could not name my new friend after an ageing newsagent in Coronation Street. All that was left to do was to think of an alternative name that is associated with the club I love.
Commercial manager Christian Smith came up with the idea of changing the club’s nickname to enhance it’s marketing potential in 2001. The club had been called the Robins – not because of the red and white kit – but after Ted Robinson, who had given 50 years service to Wrexham Football Club as player coach and secretary. Smith explained the change: “The Robins doesn’t say a great deal about Wrexham AFC. We should trade more on our Welsh identity” The new nickname that was eventually was the Red Dragons.
All this sounds too much like a cunning marketing ploy with total disregard for historical context. It’s the type of thing I hate. Some people would say that I am stuck in the past, but I prefer to think of myself as a traditionalist with respect for forgotten heroes.
Anyway, in my choice of name for my mannequin, the spirit of Ted Robinson lives on (albeit in a more attractive, sexier form with the ‘i’ replaced with a ‘y’ to give it a feminine touch).