It’s wonderful to see Wrexham rediscovering our FA Cup form and reminding us all of the remarkable pedigree we’ve enjoyed in this competition. When we drew at Harrogate in this season’s qualifying round, we set a club record for the most games without a win in the FA Cup. Since then we’ve rediscovered our winning ways, and now approach an opportunity to add a cup … Continue reading Wrexham’s Greatest FA Cup XI
Last October’s 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient was the first time we’d met in eleven years, and to find our last home win against them you have to go back to January 1995. That match was a memorable affair though. The crowd was swelled to 6,616 as vouchers were being distributed for the upcoming FA Cup tie at Manchester United, and the swollen crowd were … Continue reading Wrexham AFC Win Over Leyton Orient is Overdue
What’s in a name? The Kop by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare was, as we all know, an enthusiastic writer on the subject of stadium psychology. But was he right? Does the direction Wrexham kick make a difference to our performance? I must admit, the question didn’t occur to me until it was put to us during a commentary on Calon … Continue reading End-to-end Stuff
So am I the sort of person who pushes people to ensure they get better results, or just an old misery? That’s a question which has been in my mind for the last few days as I contemplate my reaction to Wrexham’s last couple of wins, because frankly I’ve been out of step with what everyone else seems to think. Let’s get the incontestable facts … Continue reading Keep Moving Forwards
Let’s hope there’s no repeat today of our last trip to Maidstone, when the referee took centre stage. Sam Allison’s erratic performance had a massive influence on a day when almost everything went wrong for Wrexham. Our problems began before the match when Chris Dunn injured himself in the pre-match warm-up, so Christian Dibble was dramatically thrust into his Wrexham debut. Despite the disruption, we … Continue reading No More Madness at Maidstone Please!
Last Saturday was the first time this season that Jordan Maguire-Drew wasn’t in the matchday squad. There might be nothing more to see here than a continuation of our regular rotation of forward players. However, it’s tempting to view the decision, at least to some degree, as an attempt to try something different in order to get Maguire-Drew back to the exciting form he showed … Continue reading Shankly Knows Best For Maguire-Drew
Tomorrow’s game is a step into the unknown, as we’ve never played Weston Super Mare before, and it’s also an unfamiliar feeling to be enjoying an FA Cup run, even if it’s only in an embryonic state. Our replay victory over Harrogate in the last round ended the longest run of FA Cup matches in the club’s history without a win. We’d gone six matches, … Continue reading First Round Memories
Is Brad Walker the new Danny Williams? The similarities between the on-loan Crewe player and Williams, a Wrexham stalwart of the first decade of the century, are obvious. Big, strong and able to either play as a centre back or in front of the defence, both players have the attributes necessary to help a side battle its way through a season in the lower divisions. … Continue reading Is Brad Walker the new Danny Williams?
Alex Taylor asked on #askwxm about penalties before the Dagenham game, as at that point we hadn’t had one this season. which was a stroke of genius, because he made it inevitable that we’d be awarded a penalty in that match! One for @m_griffiths92 #askwxm for Saturday’s game… what’s the longest we’ve gone without being awarded a penalty? We’re on for going the whole … Continue reading From Famine To Feast
The fast-moving, noisy trailers on TV will tell you that football is an exciting, sexy sport, full of triumph, glory, joy and tame indy rock. It isn’t. Football is suffering, anger, disappointment and the occasional fleeting moment of hope, which dissolves when you think it’s actually going to turn into something real. Nothing encapsulates football better than Chesterfield v Wrexham, March 9th, 1997. I can’t … Continue reading I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
We might enjoy a rarity today: a full-strength Wrexham side in a cup tie! Of course, it’s not easy to put your finger on exactly what a full-strength Wrexham team is this season. Sam Ricketts’ policy of rotation has rather done away with the conventional notion of having a strongest eleven which the rest of the squad must fight to get into, and we ought … Continue reading Up For The Cup!
Results don’t necessarily matter in youth football, which of course is what I would say after Chester knocked us out of the FA Youth Cup. However, it’s certainly true that the chances of a long run in the competition are limited for lower division sides, and the outcome that really matters is how many players come through who are capable of playing at senior level. … Continue reading The Young Ones
Inevitably, the focus at a football club is on the first team, and this season is no different as we hope Sam Ricketts’ side can make a sustained push for promotion. But there’s more than one first team at Wrexham AFC this season. Even in the context of this ancient club’s history, what’s happening is a game changer. We have a fully-affiliated Wrexham Women’s team … Continue reading Wrexham AFC Women Write a New Page in Our History