Today’s game will be the second most northerly match in Wrexham’s history. At a latitude of 55 degrees and 51 minutes, Ibrox is marginally further north than Lyngby’s stadium, where Wrexham played in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1990, but is not quite as close to the North Pole as Djurgardens’ ground, the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, where we played in 1975. We won in Denmark and drew in Sweden, so the northerly climate must suit us!
With no first team match to distract them, and the progress of their Colts attracting their attention, will the Rangers fans turn out in good numbers today? If so, we might see our first five-figure crowd since March 2015, when 14585 saw us suffer at the hands of North Ferriby in the FA Trophy Final. I’d rather remember two days earlier, when nearly 20,000 fans witnessed our heroic efforts at Stoke.
Of course, nobody knows what sort of side Dean Keates will put out at Ibrox, but if selected, Ben Tollitt will play the fiftieth game of his career today.