Discounting spells are caretaker manager, Keates is the second Wrexham manager to have a second spell in charge of the club. He won’t want to repeat the fortunes of Billy Morris, who was in charge for the 1960-1 season and then again for seven months from March 1965.
He was hardly a roaring success in his first spell, finishing 16th in Division Four, but second time around he was calamitous: both his loss percentage and points percentage in that spell are the worst of any Wrexham manager.
You might be surprised to learn that we’ve never played Saint Mirren Colts before! We did face a St Mirren XI in the Raydale Cup, a pre-season tournament which we won in July 2013, and beat them 6-1 with Andy Bishop scoring two.
Keates’ record in cup competitions with Wrexham is surprisingly poor, and whether that improves today is likely to depend on whether he attaches any importance to the competition. Keates drew his first cup match, which was also his managerial debut, at Stanford in the FA Cup, but lost all four subsequent ties.
To be fair, though, he fielded weakened teams in all of those matches, and while the exit to Stanford probably represents the worst giant-killing act the club has suffered, it has to be seen in the context of the poor squad he inherited. Of the sixteen players used in those two games, nine were moved on before the end of the season and only Carrington remained by the start of the next campaign!