Our recent record against Gateshead is poor, but despite enjoying just one win in our last seven clashes, there have been highlights amongst that disappointing run. The solitary victory, for example, was a memorable one as we enjoyed a 4-0 victory two seasons ago which contained that famous goal from Dom Vose, who slalomed through the Heed defence before scoring.
We also enjoyed a victory on penalties over them, with a decisive late goal coming from Wes York, who will be lining up against us tomorrow.
Overall we’ve beaten Gateshead 17 times at The Racecourse, while losing 9. The most famous defeat, of course, was the 7-2 thrashing in February 2011 which remains our worst ever home beating.
On the other side of the coin, we’ve beaten them 6-0 twice. The first was in March 1937, when Harold Lapham scored four goals, and the second was an FA Cup tie in November 1976 which featured a Bobby Shinton hat trick.
There have been three other occasions when a Wrexham player has gone home with the match ball after a Gateshead game. Inevitably, Tommy Bamford did it twice, while Andy Bishop thoughtfully achieved the feat on my birthday in 2013!
This is my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) www.leaderlive.co.uk.