Tomorrow is Dean Keates’ hundredth game as Wrexham manager. He’s the sixteenth person to reach that milestone, and boasts the fifth best league loss percentage in our history. Keates is only the second person to have two spells as our boss, and is enjoying considerably more success than the other one. Billy Morris was in the Racecourse hot seat twice in the early 1960s, but … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Torquay United
I’m generally reluctant to criticize opposing players. What we see as a cynical foul when we’re the victims is a great piece of professionalism when executed by one of our own, and we should bear that in mind when we judge others. However, the behavior of Mike Fondop has gone well beyond the pale this season, especially when you consider the source of his inspiration. … Continue reading What Would Mike Do?
This is the fourth time we’ve faced Chesterfield this season, and surely the most important. We suffered one of our most disappointing defeats of the season at The Racecourse last October, when we dominated The Spireites for half an hour, only to collapse completely after an unnecessary own goal by Michael Chambers. We were offered a swift opportunity for revenge though, as four days later … Continue reading PREVIEW | Chesterfield v Wrexham AFC
I’m sure you don’t need me to convince you that tomorrow’s game is massive. However, the way the maths stacks up, it could be pivotal to the rest of our season. Chesterfield are our reference point in the table at the moment. Our first priority has to be to pull away from the threat of relegation, and currently that means putting distance between us and … Continue reading The Mathematics of Survival
Isn’t Italian a lyrical language? Signing Jordan Ponticelli was an invitation to delve into linguistics which I couldn’t resist. It seemed pretty obvious that his name means little bridges, but that’s not all. Ponticelli is also the Italian word for jump leads! How brilliant, to come up with such an evocative word for a mundane object. They make little bridges between cars; why didn’t we … Continue reading Italian for Beginners
We finally got our first home win over Dagenham last season, at the fourth attempt. Stuart Beavon’s 74th minute strike separated the two sides a quarter of an hour after he’d come off the bench to replace Cole Stockton. Prior to that we’d lost two and drawn one of our home games against The Daggers. Our first clash was in the season we were relegated … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Dagenham & Redbridge
It’s felt on the cards since Dean Keates returned and Macclesfield’s sad collapse worsened. The reunion of Jay Harris and Dean Keates, the fierce heart of Wrexham’s best side since we were demoted from League One, has finally happened. As morale-boosting transfers go, this is about as good as it gets without crossing over into the crazy transfer speculation certain corners of the internet specialise … Continue reading Jay, eh?
Harrogate’s artificial turf hasn’t offered them any particular advantage against us. We’ve visited them twice, both last season, and played out a goalless draw on each occasion. Harrogate’s game at The Racecourse last October – the first game of Dean Keates’ second spell as manager, saw them snatch a draw thanks to an 81st minute equalizer. We lost our first match against Harrogate when Keates … Continue reading PREVIEW | Harrogate Town v Wrexham AFC
You wait all month for some exciting signings, and then two come along at once! Last Saturday was cause for cautious optimism. Whether it was the best performance of the season is debatable, but it was certainly our most comfortable win, our escapades in the Scottish Distraction Trophy apart. To sit back and enjoy the second half without that voice in the back of your … Continue reading Signs of Life
If Luke Summerfield had headed in a late fourth for Wrexham last Saturday he’d have capped a perfect day with a perfect hat trick. (I’m sure a perfect hat trick hasn’t been a thing until recently, but it’s been an answer on “Pointless” now, so it’s official!) Whatever part of his anatomy would have stuck in his theoretical third doesn’t matter though: the thing is, … Continue reading Luke Summerfield and the Pursuit of Perfection
As Dean Keates looks to clear space in his squad, Ben Tollit’s departure was inevitable. It was also a massive missed opportunity, embodying the tale of a season where players’ confidence has been shredded. I’m a fan of Tollitt, who showed last season that he has the ability to excel in the National League. However, Dean Keates didn’t inherit the man who had frightened defenders … Continue reading So Sad We Couldn't Unleash Tollitt
We’re currently on a good run of results against Woking. We’re unbeaten in our last four games against The Cards, winning our last two home games, both of which are our best runs in this fixture. Our best result against Woking came in an FA Cup first round tie in November 2014. The game was over by half time, as Neil Ashton, Wes York and … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Woking
The cold, hard stats are remarkable. And yet they don’t begin to do justice to the contribution Manny Smith made to Wrexham over his five seasons at the club, or express the magnitude of our loss as we search for players to improve our position. Player of the season in his first season, Smith established himself immediately as a byword for consistency and reliability in … Continue reading Manny Smith, Defender of the Faith