The last time we played Notts County, we managed to fend off the inevitable. If results had gone the wrong way, that weekend would have ended our eighty-seven years in the Football League. However, a late Neil Roberts goal earned us a 1-0 win, and we postponed our relegation…for a full three days!
The win was a surprise because our record against Notts County before that game was grim. We hadn’t beaten them in any of our last six league encounters, our previous league win coming when we triumphed 1-0 at Meadow Lane courtesy of a Hector Sam goal in August 2003. We’ve won just four of our last twenty-five games against them.
Our last match at Meadow Lane was a 2-1 defeat which proved to be eventful for Silvio Spann. He came off the bench to score his only goal for Wrexham, and looked to have earned a 1-1 draw until the last minute when he was sent off for a professional foul and County scored the winner from the free kick!
Our last win at Meadow Lane was a dramatic affair on the way to our LDV Vans Trophy victory in 2005. The signs that something remarkable would happen came early on when Shaun Pejic became a most unlikely first scorer, causing a number of fans to rip up their betting slips! County fought back and took the lead with less than twenty minutes left, but Chris Llewellyn equalised and with three minutes remaining Sam stepped up to hit the winner.
This five-goal thriller was witnessed by the smallest crowd ever to witness a game between the two sides, of just 1,359. The victory was significant though, as Wrexham went on to win the trophy.
Sam wasn’t far off the top of our list of top scorers against County, and most of them are not too recent, as you might expect considering our poor recent record against them. With four goals, Ken Barnes, Ernie Phythian, Sammy McMillan and Karl Connolly top the list with Gary Bennett, Arfon Griffiths , Steve Watkin , Brian Whitehouse and Don Weston one goal behind.
James Jennings makes the 375th league appearance of his career tomorrow.