Paul Rutherford – Sam Ricketts’ Unexpected New Signing

After Sam Wedgbury’s rather unnecessary departure last Summer, it was important that we found a player capable of adding that non-stop energy to the centre of our midfield. Who knew that the right man was in our squad already? It’s good to see Paul Rutherford back in the squad again after his early season injury. Rutherford, after all, has always been the most solid and … Continue reading Paul Rutherford – Sam Ricketts’ Unexpected New Signing

The Admirable Carrington

The usual noun applied to a player who has spent a long time at one club is “servant”. Players who stick around for a while are “great servants”, they’ve “served” their club well. It seems a belittling description: the player is portrayed as something subservient. Talented strikers, whose flashy exploits earn them a move to bigger things, are “stars”. Loyalty earns you a rather less … Continue reading The Admirable Carrington

PREVIEW Wrexham AFC v Bromley

If we win today we’ll have won four consecutive matches for the first time since August 2015, and we have a perfect home record against Bromley, although we’ll also lack our secret weapon against them, as we can no longer call upon the services of Ntumba Massanka! Massanka’s scoring record against Bromley is remarkable, with four goals in two substitute appearances. That record is made … Continue reading PREVIEW Wrexham AFC v Bromley

Adventures in National League Commentary

I’d like to open with a promise. I will genuinely do my best to make no mention in this column of Chester conceding eight goals last Saturday. I have to admit that I’m not confident I’ll manage it. We return to Eastleigh today, the scene of one of my most enjoyable commentating experiences. It came on the last day of the 2016-17 season, a grim … Continue reading Adventures in National League Commentary

PREVIEW Eastleigh v Wrexham AFC

Each of the four games we’ve played at Eastleigh has ended in a draw, although we’ve constantly come closer and closer to emerging with all three points, and never came as close as we did last season. Our first visit, in March 2015, saw us take the lead twice through fine strikes from Louis Moult and Neil Ashton, only to see The Spitfires manage two … Continue reading PREVIEW Eastleigh v Wrexham AFC

MATCH CENTRE Maidenhead United v Wrexham AFC

LEADER Match Report DAILY POST Player Ratings DAILY POST Match Report WINDSOR EXPRESS Match Report CLUB SITE Match Report CLUB SITE Match Preview LEADER Ricketts might rotate team POST Pyke wants to start WINDSOR & EATON EXPRESS Comley hopes for better fortune MAIDENHEAD SITE Devonshire signs two MAIDENHEAD ADVERTISER Kilman signs for Wolves MAIDENHEAD SITE Dagenham 2 Maidenhead 2 DAILY POST Wrexham are developing a … Continue reading MATCH CENTRE Maidenhead United v Wrexham AFC

Lights, Camera, Wrexham

Remember the days when a Wrexham game on television was a precious, rare experience? An occasion which merited changing into your best clothes as if you’d just managed your team to the cup final on Football Manager? In this age of multi-channel options and the fragmentation of sports rights, with an increasing number of subscription sports channels looking to fill their schedules with content, seeing … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Wrexham

4-3-3 Offers More Threat

Did you enjoy Mike Fondop’s rather clever overhead kick? Rob Lainton’s penalty save? Well, my favourite moment of the Dover game came in the eleventh minute. There’s some nice build-up play which ends with Kevin Roberts slinging a good cross to the far post, which the centre back Max Schmoll has to head behind for a corner. What I liked about it wasn’t the fluency … Continue reading 4-3-3 Offers More Threat

PREVIEW Wrexham AFC v Borehamwood

Until last season, our record against Borehamwood had a very pleasing symmetry to it. We’d played them five times, and won each encounter. Furthermore, they’d only managed one goal against us, and that was a penalty, as we racked up four 1-0 wins. Last April that all changed in a bad tempered and controversial match. Manny Smith was harshly judged to have pushed his man … Continue reading PREVIEW Wrexham AFC v Borehamwood