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
Tuesday night was magnificent, in so many ways. It was the perfect start to a trilogy which could define our season. Despite Chesterfield’s spectacular loss of form, this was still a formidable test. They fielded seven of the players who faced us in August, which remains the only time this season that our opponents have looked better than us, and that includes three games against … Continue reading One Down, Two To Go
Saturday will be a day of remarkable milestones for Phil Parkinson, who will be in charge of his 900th game as manager, and also his 750th league match. You might argue that, with the financial backing he’s received from Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, Parkinson ought to be achieving these results, but that would be massively reductive. Parkinson inherited a complex, almost unique situation, and … Continue reading Phil Parkinson Lives Up To Expectations
I suggested at the start of the season that the lifting of transfer window restrictions on Wrexham would be incredibly important as the season wore on. Last Saturday illustrated my point to perfection. When both Aaron Hayden and Jordan Tunnicliffe succumbed to injuries in the first ten minutes of our FA Cup tie with Sheffield United, hearts naturally sunk. How would we cope with the … Continue reading Eoghan O’Connell’s Arrival Shows How Things Have Changed for Wrexham AFC
Saturday’s victory at Coventry was a massive, historic achievement, and felt like the first great moment under Rob and Ryan’s ownership. So let’s focus on last Tuesday. I had an awful sense of foreboding before the Bromley match, and that was unusual. This season I’ve been genuinely confident going into games, despite my natural inclination towards the cautious. There’s a simple logic to our success: … Continue reading The Best Part of the Coventry Win? The Following Tuesday.
Well, the World Cup is over. The players have returned to their clubs. The national managers are going back into hibernation, or down to the job centre. And Dion Dublin will have to go back to “Homes Under The Hammer “. Of course, for Wrexham things don’t change. We’ve been carrying on all through the tournament, weather permitting. Messi is definitely the Goat, while Elliot … Continue reading What The World Cup Learned From Wrexham
What an odd experience last Wednesday was! A freezing cold Racecourse (there’s nothing odd about that, as anyone planning to watch a home game in December will attest!), and opponents who didn’t turn up. I don’t mean they didn’t turn up like Torquay United, who were there in body but offered no resistance in the course of a 6-0 battering. Scunthorpe actually weren’t there! It … Continue reading Just Pop Over When It Suits You
Last week we took advantage of the dispensation granted to us in the Summer, allowing us to sign players outside the transfer window. And what a statement signing it was! Andy Cannon’s loan spell at Stockport last season was an important part of their success in the title battle, and The Hatters wanted to make the move permanent. Now he’s with us, and bringing a … Continue reading Cannon Adds to Wrexham’s Class
Before the World Cup started, England manager Gareth Southgate was under severe pressure, as all England managers are prior to a tournament. A strong performance against Iran has quietened the noise around him, but it’s not a free-flowing win that makes them contenders for the trophy. As Phil Parkinson’s Wrexham are currently showing, flamboyance is great, but it’s solidity which brings rewards. Our remarkable home … Continue reading Parkinson and Southgate Show Caution Pays
How odd to find we’re a handful of days away from a World Cup, and yet I’m really not terribly excited. Even more so, despite this being the first World Cup Wales have reached in 64 years, I’m struggling to work myself up for it. A major reason for my apathy is something I’m really rather pleased about. Wrexham are far more interesting than the … Continue reading World Cup? Meh. Give Me More Wrexham.
Was last Tuesday the best performance Wrexham have managed under Phil Parkinson? Quite possibly: this was a sumptuous display which laid bare exactly what the manager has been looking to achieve with this squad. I’m bemused by claims that Parkinson is too defensive, an accusation levelled at the manager by a disgruntled minority as recently as our last home game. We scored three goals in … Continue reading Was This Parky’s Best Win?
The National League’s decision-making process is obscure, opaque and obtuse. The only guarantee is that, if something is obviously a good idea, they won’t approve it. Continue reading Small-Mindedness Versus The American Stream
“Welcome to Wrexham” was always going to be a game-changer. As I explained last week, that was always the intention: the exposure we receive should help us to expand exponentially as new fans are attracted to the club. After the US premiere of the show, the football club gained 6,000 followers on Twitter overnight. We still have top billing on the various streaming services which … Continue reading Review: “Welcome to Wrexham”