How Ryan O’Reilly Epitomises Wrexham AFC’s Progress

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. If you want a graphic illustration of the difference Gary Mills has made at The Racecourse, take a look at the last five seconds of last Saturday’s … Continue reading How Ryan O’Reilly Epitomises Wrexham AFC’s Progress

Counting the Cost of Wrexham’s Red Cards

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a team must be within reach of the play-offs when Ant and Dec announce the winner of “I’m a Celebrity … Continue reading Counting the Cost of Wrexham’s Red Cards

Wrexham Must Beware The Bear

Two home games in a week, two very different experiences. Against Altrincham there was a failure to respond to the unusual circumstances of the match. This is, to an extent, understandable of course. We know how to react to every day problems but an unexpected crisis will throw you: that’s why I know what to do when the fuse blows in my front room but … Continue reading Wrexham Must Beware The Bear

Wrexham FC v Altrincham FC Preview

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. Our record against Altrincham is quite surprising. You might have expected us to have played our neighbours from over the border quite often, but in fact we’ve … Continue reading Wrexham FC v Altrincham FC Preview

Leader Preview: Wrexham FC v Gresley

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. We’ve never played Gresley before, but if things go well for him their name could feature prominently when one of our players looks back on his career. … Continue reading Leader Preview: Wrexham FC v Gresley

Arrested Development

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. Last Tuesday I watched Wrexham go out of the FA Youth Cup at Altrincham and it was a huge disappointment to see their run end. I’ve really … Continue reading Arrested Development

Altrincham 2 Wrexham 1 – FA Youth Cup

Well, the FA Youth Cup run is over, but it was fun while it lasted. Naturally the focus is always on the first team, but a club like Wrexham desperately needs to keep producing young talent, both to maintain a flow of players for our squad and to create a revenue stream. It’s always poignant to see a young player leave us for bigger things … Continue reading Altrincham 2 Wrexham 1 – FA Youth Cup

Time To Savour A Rapidly-Maturing Cheese

Adrian Cieslewicz has only started our last two games this season yet he looks as likely a catalyst for a push into the play-offs as we’ve got. Whether that illustrates that you have to be patient as young players develops, or just shows how desperate we are for a bit of attacking spark is a moot point. There’s no doubt that the pace of Cieslewicz … Continue reading Time To Savour A Rapidly-Maturing Cheese

>Tactical Strikes

> I’m really looking forward to this afternoon’s game, despite the fact that we’re the two dullest teams in The Conference-fewer goals are scored in ours and Altrincham’s games than anyone else’s-and the only goal in our two games last month came completely out of the blue. Both those matches saw an interesting tactical battle of wits break out between the managers, and encouragingly Dean … Continue reading >Tactical Strikes

Video Killed the Altrincham Star

> I bemoaned last week that football can’t be a level playing field at all levels, but something I’ve heard about subsequently has made me think again. Altrincham player James Smith has been banned for three games by the F.A. for using his elbow on Mansfield’s Jake Speight in an off-the-ball incident. None of the officials saw the incident so how, I hear you ask, … Continue reading Video Killed the Altrincham Star