The Wrexham MP has been criticized after misreading the name of the town’s football team while speaking in the House of Commons.
In a debate about Wrexham’s 2025 bid for Capital of Culture, Sarah Atherton dubbed the football team “Wrexham Athletic Football Club”.
The Conservative MP’s error was corrected in Hansard, the House of Commons’ official report, to Wrexham Association Football Club.
But video of the blip was jumped at by their political opponents, with the Wrexham Labor Party saying: “The Conservative MP for Wrexham couldn’t even get the name of the town’s football club right.”
Plaid Cymru Group leader Marc Jones added, “Tell me you’re a Chester fan without telling me you’re a Chester fan…”
Late last night in the House of Commons.
– Craig Jones May 17, 2022
In Tuesday’s debate, Sarah Atherton said Wrexham was a town “built on brewing, football and mining”.
“To take football, which is very topical at the moment, Wrexham Athletic Football Club is at a peak.
“On Sunday I will be cheering for the Reds in the FA Trophy Final against Bromley at Wembley – and of course we will win.
“Someone would have had to take their eye off the ball to overlook the fact that Wrexham AFC is now owned by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Wrexham has certainly become well known.”
– Carrie Harper May 18, 2022
She added that winning Wrexham City of Culture designation would give a boost to the Union.
“One key difference separates the Wrexham from the other three and that is Wales,” she said.
“If Wrexham were to become a City of Culture in 2025 it would be the first Welsh winner of the title since the competition began.
“As a proud Unionist as I know some of us Conservative Members I believe a Welsh winner would highlight this Government’s commitment to the Union.”