If Wrexham fans, or supporters of any side at the middle chunk of the pyramid, think the ESL has nothing directly to do with them, they’re completely wrong. It’s a project devoted to robbing us of the ability to dream. I’m very happy to be a Wrexham fan at the moment. As the European “Super” League furore rages, it’s nice to feel smug about the … Continue reading Tread Softly John, Because You Tread On My Dreams
Another match, another milestone. The win at Solihull was Dean Keates’ first away victory, and it reinforced a notion that he has achieved something incredibly difficult: he has turned the attitude of a failing squad 180 degrees. In that sense, it’s tempting to draw comparisons between this win, achieved in front of barely a thousand in the fifth tier, and the biggest win in European … Continue reading Dean Keates and Jorge Sampaoli: separated at birth.
I’m excited! Gary Mills is the one coach I’ve seen in the Conference that I’ve coveted. And now he’s ours, all ours! Our games against Mills’ sides have always been intriguing tactical battles. I particularly recall a game at Bootham Crescent when he was manager of York City. It was the best goalless draw I’ve seen as both sides probed and adjusted in an attempt … Continue reading Gary Mills: at last!
The January reshaping has been done, interesting new faces have been introduced, and now we see what Kevin Wilkin can achieve with them. January felt like a transitional month to me. We settled into a diamond formation which, I suspect, is not how Wilkin will want to proceed once the new men are bedded in. Admittedly we have a lot of central midfielders to choose … Continue reading Are Diamonds Forever?
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 had to come to this eventually. Finally I must address the question on everyone’s lips and compare the relative merits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel … Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Jon Flatt: the inevitable comparison.
I’m assuming, as you’re reading this, that you’ve an interest in Wrexham Football Club. In that case, you’d better make sure you get to The Racecourse tomorrow, as even at this early point of the season it feels like a huge match. There are a number of reasons for this. Obviously, there’s a real tide of excitement pushing the club on at the moment. It’s … Continue reading No excuses! Get to the Wrexham game tomorrow!
The world’s a confusing place. My phone just told me it’s three hours since I last drank a glass of water. When I was a kid my phone lived in my parents’ hall and never presumed to tell me anything other than someone was trying to talk to me. But despite all the confusion and change, some things stay unaltered. The oddly unsatisfying nature of … Continue reading When Wes Baynes Ruled The World
This was a win which owed much to the quality of Wrexham’s play and was absolutely fascinating tactically. However, ultimately it was down to the Wrexham team’s grit and character. Four times they were massively tested mentally: on each of those occasions they rose brilliantly to the challenge. Perhaps I should say five times as there was a trying moment before the game. Andy Coughlin … Continue reading Wrexham 3 Gateshead 2
Part of me feels a little ashamed to quote Martin Luther King as a title of a blog on football, but the closing line of the “I Have a Dream” speech just sums up perfectly how I feel right now. Wrexham fans have tolerated a decade of suffering, and constant crises which have regularly left them with that worryingly familiar sickened feeling that you get … Continue reading Free At Last
>Looks like Carden’s on his way to Cambridge. With McEvilly already there, it looks like we’ve got our first Conference rivalry!! It’ll be interesting to see if the club sits tight over this-we might find out what a pre-contract’s actually worth! There are cases of clubs successfully suing for compensation over a player reneging on a pre-contract, but I’m struugling to find circumstances which are … Continue reading >So it’s true!