Ex-Wrexham star received death threat from knife-wielding fan clad in balaclava

Sean Newton told of a chilling moment on the I Had Trials Once podcast
-Credit: (Image: I Had Trials Once/X)


Former Wrexham ace Sean Newton has recounted a harrowing experience where he was confronted by a fan wielding a knife during one of the club's biggest games.

Newton, who donned the Wrexham colours in 2015 and stayed for two seasons at the Racecourse Ground, spoke out about his time at the club well before the high-profile takeover by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. The actors' investment and the subsequent Disney+ documentary 'Welcome to Wrexham' have since catapulted the team into an unexpected spotlight, transforming them into one of the most talked-about sides in football.

The Dragons have enjoyed consecutive promotions and are setting their sights high with dreams of Premier League football. However, Newton's revelation on the 'I Had Trials Once' podcast paints a stark contrast to the current family-friendly image of the club.

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He recalled an incident stemming from his switch from Chester, Wrexham's arch-rivals, where his attempt to win over new fans in his initial interview backfired dramatically. "When I signed for Wrexham, I was at Chester as a kid. In my [first] interview, you know what it's like in an interview, you get the fans on your side," Newton explained on the 'I Had Trials Once' podcast.

"In the interview, I said that while I was at Chester and I used to come to Wrexham, I used to think 'I wish I played for Wrexham! ' and then we played Chester."

Newton also shared how his comments didn't just upset an alleged Chester supporter but resulted in a terrifying situation when the clubs faced each other.

He added: "Mate, I got death threats. A fella, I don't know who it was but he had sunglasses on, balaclava round his mouth and he had a knife. He said, 'If I see you outside the stadium, this is going in you' and that is the gospel truth."

The fierce rivalry between both clubs, known as the cross-border derby, thrives on the split between English and Wales, solidifying its place as one of the most intense rivalries in the lower leagues. Newton then revealed that although security was increased during these match-ups, there was a grand display of joy when Wrexham came out on top.

Sean Newton battles for the ball in his Wrexham days
Sean Newton in his Wrexham days -Credit:Jan Kruger

"We used to get police escorts from the ground. On the other hand, when we beat them 3-0 at home, I never bought a drink all night, I was out for about ten hours," said Newton.

"All the fans got wind of where we were and this bar has probably never seen as many people in it, there must have been a thousand people and there was just Coronas coming and any drink you wanted. The fact that we beat Chester, they were just buzzing. It's an incredible club."

The Scouser, who played as a left-back for the Red Dragons, made 61 appearances and scored eight goals during his time in Wrexham. He later moved on to play for York City and Buxton and currently holds a dual role as a player and assistant manager at Ashton United.

Chester Football Club have been approached for comment.