Southend’s Plight Reminds Us To Be Grateful

The visit of Southend is the perfect moment to reflect on how fortunate we are. Their off-field problems are horribly familiar, and illustrate why we should get behind the fan-led review’s recommendation that an independent regulator for football should be appointed. Football clubs are important in far more wide-reaching ways than merely being a source of entertainment. They are a source of civic pride and … Continue reading Southend’s Plight Reminds Us To Be Grateful

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Eastleigh

I’m sure you won’t need to be reminded of what happened the last time Eastleigh visited The Racecourse. A traumatic home defeat in the National League play-offs ended our season in controversial circumstances, as we conceded the only goal in extra time after a hotly-contested decision to disallow a Kieran Kennedy goal which would have won the game in normal time. Ironically, that defeat came … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Eastleigh

O VAR, Where Art Thou?

I’ve spent the season complaining about the impact VAR has on the game. After last Saturday, I’m thinking again. Come to think of it, I’ve also spent a decade moaning about National League referees, but Yeovil’s first goal against us last weekend wasn’t something you could blame the officials for. They clearly needed some help to understand what happened and judge it correctly. I know … Continue reading O VAR, Where Art Thou?

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Wrexham AFC

We’ve only faced Yeovil Town twice, but both occasions were packed with goals. Unfortunately, in our only trip to Huish Park it was the home team who provided most of them! We travelled to Somerset in November 2003 for a first round FA Cup match, and took a real beating. We were 4-0 down after an hour and ended up losing 4-1, with. Chris Armstrong … Continue reading PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Wrexham AFC

PREVIEW | Bromley v Wrexham AFC

Last Saturday’s postponement means that Dean Keates’ 100th game as Wrexham manager comes today, against the side he beat to earn his first win as manager. Bromley were the visitors to The Racecourse when goals from Shaun Harrad and Gerry McDonagh earned a 2-1 home win in October 2016. However, our record at Hayes Lane could do with some improvement. Luke Young’s 77th minute winner … Continue reading PREVIEW | Bromley v Wrexham AFC

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Torquay United

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

What Would Mike Do?

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?

PREVIEW | Chesterfield v Wrexham AFC

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

The Mathematics of Survival

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

Italian for Beginners

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

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Dagenham & Redbridge

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

Jay, eh?

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?

PREVIEW | Harrogate Town v Wrexham AFC

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