PREVIEW | Rochdale v Wrexham AFC

Wrexham AFC’s name is built on beating sides from higher divisions. It’s eight years since we last managed that feat, when we defeated Brentford in the second round of the FA Cup. To be fair, since then we’ve not had many chances to cause a shock, and we’ve acquitted ourselves well on the four subsequent occasions we’ve faced Football League opposition. The win at Brentford … Continue reading PREVIEW | Rochdale v Wrexham AFC

PREVIEW | Rangers Colts v Wrexham AFC

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 … Continue reading PREVIEW | Rangers Colts v Wrexham AFC

A Week’s A Long Time In Football

At last, five weeks into his return to The Racecourse, Dean Keates has had a week to work with his players. Our remarkable accumulation of midweek fixtures, due in part to our participation in that Scottish thing, with the unexpected addition of needing two bites of the cherry to see off Chesterfield, has meant Keates and Andy Davies haven’t had a free week to work … Continue reading A Week’s A Long Time In Football

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Rochdale

There’s good news and bad news. Our recent record against Rochdale is poor, but we’ve been remarkably successful against them in the FA Cup. We’ve a 100% record against Dale in the FA Cup, having beaten them on all six occasions we’ve drawn them to date. We played them in both 1997 and 1999, with Neil Roberts scoring on both occasions, and also eliminated them … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Rochdale

Making Up For Past Mistakes

We’re entering the decisive point of our season already. If Dean Keates can refurbish his squad quickly enough, we can set our sights on climbing the table; if the process takes longer, we’ll have to dig in for a long scrap against relegation. I’ve no doubt Keates is the man to haul is out of this mess. His credentials for removing passengers and recruiting players … Continue reading Making Up For Past Mistakes

Preview | Wrexham AFC v Bromley

Dean Keates has positive memories of welcoming Bromley to The Racecourse. His first win as manager came at their expense in October 2016 as Shaun Harrad and Gerry McDonagh scored the goals in a 2-1 win. Keates would clear his squad out swiftly though, as only two of the players used in that match would still be at the club by the start of next … Continue reading Preview | Wrexham AFC v Bromley

Preview | Torquay United v Wrexham AFC

Historically, home advantage has been key matches between these sides, which is hardly surprising considering the distance between the clubs. However, we’ve enjoyed the upper hand lately: indeed, if we avoid defeat tonight, we’ll match our longest unbeaten run in this fixture, having gone five games without losing to The Gulls. In the midst of that run, we enjoyed our biggest ever win over Torquay, … Continue reading Preview | Torquay United v Wrexham AFC

I Love It When I’m Wrong

They say sorry is the hardest word. I think floccinaucinihilipilification is the hardest word, but I accept admitting you’re wrong’s not easy either. It’s time for me to eat humble pie and explain why, after Tuesday’s FA Cup win, I hope I’ve got something badly wrong. Before I fully confess my crime, I want to point out that I do feel vindicated by a related … Continue reading I Love It When I’m Wrong

Preview | Dagenham & Redbridge v Wrexham AFC

Things are looking up for Wrexham at Dagenham. We started horribly at Victoria Road, losing our first two matches there 3-0. In fact we went 450 minutes against The Daggers before finally scoring past them, in injury time at the end of our fifth match against them. Even then, that was an own goal, but significantly it earned us a 1-0 win, which was obviously … Continue reading Preview | Dagenham & Redbridge v Wrexham AFC

The Delegation Game

In his first spell in charge, Dean Keates showed he’s very good at getting the best out of the people around him. He was secure enough to listen carefully to a range of opinions, while being definitively the boss. Just a couple of weeks after being appointed, this aspect of the club is already coming together. In giving youth a chance last Saturday, Keates also … Continue reading The Delegation Game

PREVIEW | Chesterfield v Wrexham AFC

Chesterfield are ancient as well as recent foes. We’ve faced them 116 times, and of course a certain clash in the FA Cup is the most famous of all those encounters. Our defeat at Saltergate in 1997 was a bitter blow. We were so close to reaching the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time, but a second half mix-up between Andy Marriott and Deryn … Continue reading PREVIEW | Chesterfield v Wrexham AFC

Preview | Wrexham AFC v Chesterfield

Akil Wright scored the only goal last season when Chesterfield returned to The Racecourse for the first time since October 2007. That match ended in a 4-0 away win, The Spireites best result in North Wales. Chesterfield have the upper hand in the fixture, winning 51 times to Wrexham’s 38, with 26 draws. At The Racecourse it’s a different story, though, as we’ve won 27 … Continue reading Preview | Wrexham AFC v Chesterfield

Preview | Wrexham AFC v St Mirren Colts

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 … Continue reading Preview | Wrexham AFC v St Mirren Colts