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Ex-Wrexham player confronted by a knife wielding fan making a death threat

Ex-Wrexham player Sean Newton recalls one moment he was confronted by a fan wielding a knife in death threat during a match.

He appeared on the next episode of the ‘I Had Trials Once’ podcast, talking about various topics from throughout his career so far.

Newton has previously played for the likes of Chester, Southport, Droylsden, Barrow, Telford, Stockport, Lincoln, Notts County, Wrexham, York, Buxton andΒ  more recently Northern Premier League Premier Division club Ashton United.

But it was when he signed for his former club’s rivals, Wrexham, that he went through a scary moment.

He explained about an initial interview: “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.

“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 remembered how his comments rattled an alleged Chester supporter so bad that something quite terrifying happened.

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.”

“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.

“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.”

Check out the rest of the podcast episode (above), as Sean Newton also talks…

0:00 – Intro With Sean Newton, Non-League Wages & Early Life At Chester.
11:40 – Non-League Loan Moves, FA Cup Drama & Playing Whilst Suspended.
20:20 – Swapping Barrow for Telford, Playing for England C & Away Trips.
35:17 – Stockport With Jim Gannon, Getting Tackled By Managers & Shock Notts Country Move.
56:30 – Big transfer to Wrexham, Rivalry with Chester & Wrexham are now a global club.
1:10:30 – Scoring 14 Goals From Left Back At York, Modelling With Lukaku & Jon Parkin’s Brilliance.
1:25:20 – Best Player To Play With, Issues With Fans & York Fall Out.
1:35:00 – Promotion with Buxton, Hot and Cold game & Moving into coaching.


Youth career
–2007 – Chester City

Senior career
2007–2008 – Chester City – 2 games (0 goals)
2007 β†’ Southport (loan) – 16 games (1 goal)
2008 β†’ Droylsden (loan) – 16 games (1 goal)
2008–2009 – Droylsden – 48 games (10 goals)
2009 – Barrow – 4 games (0 goals)
2009–2012 – AFC Telford United – 126 games (12 goals)
2012 β†’ Stockport County (loan) – 7 games (1 goals)
2012–2013 – Stockport County – 48 games (6 goals)
2013–2015 – Lincoln City – 88 games (10 goals)
2015 β†’ Notts County (loan) – 8 games (0 goals)
2015–2017 – Wrexham – 66 games (9 goals)
2016–2022 β†’ York City – 188 games (33 goals)
2022 β†’ Buxton (loan)
2022–2023 – Buxton
2023– Ashton United

International career
2009–2010 – England C – 5 games (1 goals)


AFC Telford United
Conference North play-offs: 2011

York City
FA Trophy: 2016–17

York City Clubman of the Year: 2016–17, 2018–19

Twitter users reacted as ex-Wrexham player Sean Newton recalls being confronted by a fan wielding a knife in a death threat made during a match…

@piperman6000: Protect Max at all costs!

@ForeverOUFC: Ah the wrexham chester local derbies, how they are missed haha

@dav151799: Shame we’ll never play them again. Can’t beat Derby day

@Simonpysgotwr: Sean, you were a great attacking wing back..a real shame you left too soon.

@Raulsb123: Another top episode lads

@paul_jonesefc: Half way through this, great listen! Well in @Newts_23 πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

@wxm_afc: Comes across very well there. Great podcast!!

@RyanLowes24: Unreal!

@Mickeyf88: What a lad. Some belter stories there

Callum Lampard: Good old days

Steve Williams: The Hooligans and racism caused most of the trouble

Chris Lightfoot: Loved playing in Derbies ⚽️⚽️

Simon Rowlands: Deserved everything he got

Paul Williams: them derbies between wrexham and chester were on another level

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