With the signing of Devonte Redmond, Paul Edwards’ son, today, I thought it might be interesting to compile an XI of Wrexham players whose fathers also represented the club. It wasn’t easy – Redmond is joining a very select band – and frankly this side wouldn’t function very well if it could somehow be put on the pitch: Wrexham players don’t seem to pass attacking genes to their offspring! However, I just about found enough players to make a team and sub’s bench, with a little bending of the rules!
Earl Godding played 4 games in goal for Wrexham between 1952 and 1959
His father, George, was Wrexham’s goalkeeper in our first Football League match, making 188 appearances between 1919 and 1926.
A left back, Alec Lucas left his apprenticeship at The Racecourse to play for QPR’s youth team. He returned to North Wales but was released, only to manage to earn a contract after convincing manager Billy Morris to give him a one month trial. He played 63 games, making his debut in the 1965-6 season, when we finished bottom of the Football League for the first time.
His father, Arthur Lucas, was a goalkeeper who played 4 games between 1927 and 1929.
Frank Blew was a part-time player, who worked as an engineer and appeared for other sides during his 8 years at The Racecourse. A left back, he also filled in as a goalkeeper when there was an injury, and served on the club’s board in the 1950s.
His father, Horace Blew, is a true legend of the club. A Welsh international, he appeared 284 times over 15 seasons in our pre-Football League days.
The one member of the team who had a substantial Wrexham career. Pejic was a pacy centre back who won promotion in 2002-3 and the LDV Trophy at the Millennium Stadium. In his nine seasons of first team action, he made 209 appearances, and one of his two goals was in the 2002-3 Welsh Premier Cup Final.
Mel Pejic was a great servant of the club. He played 130 games at centre back at the end of his playing career, winning promotion in 1992-3, and stayed on as physio.
A young centre back, Beaumont was on the bench for the FA Cup tie against Newport County and will hope to follow Matt Sargent and Jack Thorn into the first team next season.
His father, Nigel, was also a central defender who made 145 appearances over 4 years.
Midfielder Rob Salathiel made his debut at Luton as a substitute in the last game of the 2010-11 league season and nearly wrote himself into the club record books. If a close range header had gone in rather than narrowly over, he would have become the club’s youngest ever goal scorer. He made one more appearance, in a Welsh Cup defeat to Airbus on the same day as we also beat Brentford in the FA Cup.
His father, Neil, was a stanch right back throughout the 1980s. In two spells, spanning 8 seasons, he made 316 appearances, his 3 goals famously including 2 screamers in an away win at Southend in 1987.
Redmond signed from Salford, having moved there from Manchester United. Hopefully he’ll make as big an impact at The Racecourse as his father, Paul Edwards, whose marauding runs from left wing back were crucial during the 2002-3 promotion season. In total he made 92 appearances.
An inside forward, David Jackson made history when he and his brother became the first twins to be selected by their father, Wrexham manager Peter Jackson, in the Football League
Peter Jackson’s career was oddly similar to his twin’s – they both played seven league games and scored once, and made ten appearances in total!
John Lloyd made two appearances in the mid-1960s, but remained a familiar face at The Racecourse as he liaised with the referee assessors on match days.
Cliff Lloyd, Jon’s father, was one of the greatest servants of the club. He was club secretary, manager and played either side of the Second World War.
I said I was struggling to find strikers whose fathers played for Wrexham, and here’s the proof! Graham Evans was a prolific striker in the League of Wales, most notably at Caersws, where his father was manager. His prolific form earned him a trial at Wrexham and he played for the reserves, but Brian Flynn chose not to offer him a contract.
His father, Mickey Evans, is one of the most significant figures in Wrexham’s golden era. Over 13 seasons he helped the club from the Fourth Division to the Second, and into two FA Cup quarter finals, a League Cup quarter final and a European Cup Winners Cup quarter final. Only 5 players have made more appearances for Wrexham than him.
No, I didn’t forget Christian Dibble, and I’ve named a bench so that he can be included in the squad. However, I’ve really had to stretch things to come up with his fellow bench warmers: Stuart Williams only played one time for his local team, but did go on to have a significant international career, and his father was a club director; and although they didn’t progress to the first team, Jake Phillips and Richard and Jamie McNeil can round out the bench. Unless, of course, you can think of anyone I’ve missed.