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
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
With just one win in five against Maidstone, we urgently need to improve our form against The Stones. That sole victory came last season, as Shaun Pearson’s late header clinched a scrappy victory. It turned out to be the only one we managed in nine games under Andy Davies and Carl Darlington as our promotion hopes slipped away. The previous season they enjoyed their first … Continue reading Wrexham AFC Need A Win Against Maidstone United
Struggling for form, we face a tough task today, If we lose, it’ll be our longest losing run since January 2016; a failure to score would see us fail to hit the net in five consecutive games for the first time since April 2009. Furthermore, AFC Fylde have the squad quality and financial backing to be serious promotion contenders, and our record against such sides … Continue reading Do Wrexham Struggle Against Promotion Rivals?
Results don’t necessarily matter in youth football, which of course is what I would say after Chester knocked us out of the FA Youth Cup. However, it’s certainly true that the chances of a long run in the competition are limited for lower division sides, and the outcome that really matters is how many players come through who are capable of playing at senior level. … Continue reading The Young Ones
Here’s my column from this 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. Wrexham’s board took the right choice last week when they decided that Andy Davies should take the club through until the end of the season. His appointment … Continue reading Andy Davies Was Wrexham AFCs Smart Option
My co-commentator James Harrison has a habit of hitting the nail on the head, and last Monday he made a succinct point which, in the space of one sentence, summed up the beauty of that win over York better than ninety minutes of my ranting had. I’d been unable to resist the temptation to couch the whole broadcast in the context of a rebellion against … Continue reading Nobody Puts Leo in the Corner
Voting opened this week for the Player of the Season and the Young Player, and I can’t recall a more unpredictable year for either trophy. It’s a natural consequence of a season which has lacked stability that no obvious candidates have emerged. Furthermore, when a campaign has split itself into such diverse segments, it’s difficult to work out who to reward. The players Dean … Continue reading Who’s Your Player of the Season?
I’m not surprised to see Danny Reynolds enjoy some involvement in the first team at Braintree. In fact, after watching him play in Wrexham’s Youth Cup run earlier this season, I was anticipating it sooner or later. As you can see below, I was impressed with him when I wrote about the cup run earlier this season: The main scorer in our FA Youth Cup … Continue reading Reynolds’ Selection Tonight Opens Doors For Others
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
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
Wrexham’s youth team continues to cruise through the early stages of the FA Youth Cup, looking for all the world like a side filtering through the competition until they get to a stage where they will actually be extended. Their opponents have been progressively more testing, but not to the extent where one suspected they might actually put Joey Jones and Andy Davies’ side out of … Continue reading Wrexham 3 Selby Town 0
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’s strange how things pan out, isn’t it? A fortnight ago the likes of Rob Evans and Bradley Reid had barely any pitch time between them, naturally … Continue reading Youth Offers Some Hope