Wrexham face AFC Fylde for the 7th time desperate for a first win against them. At least in our last clash, two months ago, we managed to score past them, as The Coasters had kept clean sheets in every previous clash.
However, despite leading twice we collapsed to a 3-2 defeat in what turned out to be Bryan Hughes’ last game in charge.
AFC Fylde will arrive at The Racecourse looking for their first double over Wrexham, as both previous games in our own patch have ended in goalless draws.
This fixture offers an illustration of the instability we’ve suffered recently in the manager’s office. Dean Keates was Wrexham’s manager for the first two clashes between these sides, and since then we’ve had a different gaffer in each subsequent game! Keates completes the circle tonight, as Fylde have faced Carl Darlington, Sam Ricketts, Graham Barrow and Hughes since he last took them on.
In fact, not only were AFC Fylde Hughes’ last opponents, but they were also the last side Darlington took charge of Wrexham against, and Barrow’s second last!
Dean Keates will bring up a couple of milestones against Fylde. He’ll take charge of his 75th Wrexham league game, and it will also be the 125th league match he’s overseen in his career. Andy Morrell was the last Wrexham manager to bring up that milestone: Kevin Wilkin, Gary Mills, Graham Barrow, Sam Ricketts, Bryan Hughes and, in his first spell, Keates all failed to last that long since Morrell left in 2014.
Bobby Grant makes his 425th career appearance against Fylde.
Rob Lainton and Jake Lawlor both make their 50th league appearances for Wrexham tonight.