Dean Keates’ Enablers Lift Wrexham AFC’s Game

Would you agree that John Rooney and Anthony Barry had their best Wrexham games at Chester yesterday? If so, an examination of the reasons for that coincidence offer a clear indication of what Dean Keates is getting so right this month. There are a couple of possibilities. One, and it’s an alluring idea, is that…

PREVIEW Wrexham AFC v Braintree Town

Last season saw us stop the rot against Braintree, as our home results against them had got gradually worse after a promising start. Their first trip to The Racecourse certainly went according to plan. Andy Morrell, Adrian Cieslewicz, Mathias Pogba, Danny Wright and Neil Ashton all scored in a spectacular 5-1 win, Ashton’s injury time…

Mills Makes Sense

“An experiment is a failure only when it also fails adequately to test the hypothesis in question, when the data it produces don’t prove anything one way or another.” ― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Gary Mills has been experimenting, he’s been forced to. His actions…

Character in Defeat

So Blaine Hudson was subbed again on Saturday. To be withdrawn is unusual for a centre back; to be subbed three games in a row is highly irregular. Yet his performance at Southport marked a turning point for him, Sometimes there’s more to the story than the bare statistics imply. I can’t deny that he…

PREVIEW: Wrexham AFC v Tranmere Rovers

Tomorrow’s game represents an unwanted piece of club history for Tranmere Rovers as they line up for their first match in a competition no-one with a pedigree in the Football League wants to take part in. In Wrexham they’ll face a side which has a good pedigree in the FA Trophy. With a win in…

Is Three at the Back the Answer?

I’m surprised to be thinking this, but three at the back might be the answer Gary Mills is looking for. The second half fightback against Eastleigh with such a formation encouraged many to see it as an option, but that was an aberration which didn’t convince me we should pursue that shape further. It was…

That Whole James Gray – Zinedine Zidane Thing

It looks like James Gray has unwittingly sparked one of the more unexpected debates at the start of this season. I can’t say it occurred to me to question his role in the current side until it was publicly doubted, and to be honest I can’t see why a perceived lack of goals is an…