The Delegation Game

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

Graham Barrow in Context

Graham Barrow’s record, in context, is an odd one. It’s inevitable, with such a small sample size, that the statistics are rather skewed and his figures are further exaggerated by the lack of draws under him. As a result, he features quite prominently at both the positive and negative ends of Wrexham’s managerial statistics. Firstly, and incontestably, he is the shortest-lived manager the club has … Continue reading Graham Barrow in Context

Wrexham’s Progress Against Pilgrims

That famous victory over Boston in 2007 is one of only two we’ve enjoyed in six matches against them. We first played them in August 2002, and both games that season ended in draws. Our opening encounter, at The Racecourse, was a 1-1 draw despite Lee Trundle opening the scoring for us, and the return match saw Trundle continue his goal scoring form against The … Continue reading Wrexham’s Progress Against Pilgrims

PREVIEW: Lincoln City v Wrexham AFC

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. Traditionally Lincoln is a place we tend to approach with trepidation, but in recent years we’ve done well at Sincil Bank. We came within seven minutes of … Continue reading PREVIEW: Lincoln City v Wrexham AFC

Kevin’s Big Day

Each manager needs his defining moment. On the anniversary of Wrexham’s victory over Arsenal, could Kevin Wilkin be on the verge of his? Wrexham Football Club has, over its one hundred and fifty years of existence, earned a terrific reputation as a giant-killing club. If a manager wants to be commemorated in the clubs proud hall of fame, some exploits in a cup would go … Continue reading Kevin’s Big Day

What Mark Hughes Needs to Know To Beat Wrexham FC

The following is an open letter to my good friend*, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes before the FA Cup tie tomorrow. Hi Mark, How’s things? I hate to be a turncoat, but I feel there’s something you need to know about tomorrow’s game, and if you follow my advice it’ll all turn out just fine. There are three things you need to know: firstly, trust … Continue reading What Mark Hughes Needs to Know To Beat Wrexham FC

My Best Wrexham XI

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. Selecting my favourite Wrexham team from players I’ve seen play is a tricky process. I saw the great side of Arfon Griffiths, but only in the Second … Continue reading My Best Wrexham XI

Wilkin is the Strong Silent Type Wrexham FC Need

So Kevin Wilkin it is then! I’d love to make out I had some inside knowledge, but I must say that the board played their cards impressively close to their chests throughout this process. My attempts to put two and two together and assume Micky Mellon was the man after he left Barnsley yesterday merely taught me that speculation is never a wise idea! Wilkin’s … Continue reading Wilkin is the Strong Silent Type Wrexham FC Need

Leader Preview: Barnet (a)

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 renew acquaintances with Barnet tomorrow, a side we’ve met on and off throughout the last twenty years. However, don’t try to draw too many conclusions from … Continue reading Leader Preview: Barnet (a)

Leader Preview: Cambridge (h)

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 Andy  Morrell’s birthday tomorrow, and he’ll hope Cambridge will arrive bearing gifts. We’re already enjoying our best run of results against Cambridge since the sides first … Continue reading Leader Preview: Cambridge (h)

Leader Preview: Aldershot (a)

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 time to renew acquaintances with Aldershot twenty-two years after the sides last clashed. That match, in March 1991, saw us fall behind early on and never … Continue reading Leader Preview: Aldershot (a)

Emad Bouanane: The Ultimate Cult Hero

If you look up “cult hero” in a dictionary, there’s no definition: just a picture of Emad Bouanane. Could anybody, in the long history of this football club, have encapsulated the notion of a cult hero quite as succinctly as Emad? The very fact that I use his first name to describe him rather than call him Bouanane says everything. Like Madonna, Elvis and post-divorce … Continue reading Emad Bouanane: The Ultimate Cult Hero