A Week’s A Long Time In Football

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

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

I’m no physicist but I know of the theory that there are a multiple number of parallel universes, as every possible outcome from every possible scenario plays out. According to that idea, there’s an existence somewhere in which Rekeil Pyke stayed at Wrexham last January. I’d love to know how that would have played out. So, I’ll get out my portal gun and play “Rick … Continue reading Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

Wrexham’s Win Over Bromley Was Much Better Than It Looked

The consensus after the Bromley game was it was an excellent victory but a poor match. The number of misplaced passes and errors was the main reason for drawing that conclusion, and I must admit that, for much of my commentary, I was making exactly that point. But I was wrong, and I realized it as the game wore on. We’re naturally attracted to creative … Continue reading Wrexham’s Win Over Bromley Was Much Better Than It Looked

Making Up For Past Mistakes

We’re entering the decisive point of our season already. If Dean Keates can refurbish his squad quickly enough, we can set our sights on climbing the table; if the process takes longer, we’ll have to dig in for a long scrap against relegation. I’ve no doubt Keates is the man to haul is out of this mess. His credentials for removing passengers and recruiting players … Continue reading Making Up For Past Mistakes

Hoop Dreams: How JJ is Crucial to Wrexham AFC

When we consider Bryan Hughes’ time as manager of Wrexham, it’s impossible not to acknowledge his misfortune with injuries. Manny Smith was never fit enough to play for him, player of the season Rob Lainton has yet to take the pitch this time around and, having missed half the season, JJ Hooper became available for selection two days after Hughes had departed. Hooper’s absence has … Continue reading Hoop Dreams: How JJ is Crucial to Wrexham AFC

Bryan Hughes’ Fatal Spiral

Things can spiral quickly out of control. Even when you feel that you know the best course of action, circumstances can change dramatically. Bryan Hughes discovered that to his cost on Wednesday. As is often the case in these situations, Hughes has been a victim of both misfortune and his own mistakes. The bank holiday defeat at Hartlepool encapsulates perfectly both elements of his downfall. … Continue reading Bryan Hughes’ Fatal Spiral

Will Brian Flynn Turn The Clock Back?

Who would have thought Brian Flynn would return to the Wrexham bench (or his seat in the directors’ box, I suppose!) Being a caretaker manager is a complicated affair. Is he just keeping the seat warm for the next incumbent, or will he try something different? It’s hard, in a way, to define what “something different” is at the moment as we’ve used four distinct … Continue reading Will Brian Flynn Turn The Clock Back?

5 Questions Before Wrexham AFC v Ebbsfleet United

Will it still be three at the back? Whether Tuesday’s change of formation was a success is a matter of opinion. On the one hand, it was two goalkeeping errors which led to us losing at Fylde, not the formation. On the other hand, we were badly exposed when the home side changed their formation at half time, and were overrun for the last half … Continue reading 5 Questions Before Wrexham AFC v Ebbsfleet United

PODCAST | Finding Balance on Bryan Hughes

Bryan Hughes departed this week, amidst unprecedented vitriol from portions of Wrexham’s support. Is there a balance to be struck when appraising his work at the club? Download the Final Whistle podcast after each game to hear the most in-detail analysis of Wrexham’s games. It’s available from all the usual podcast sources, including Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher and Acast. Continue reading PODCAST | Finding Balance on Bryan Hughes

The 2 Games That Sealed Bryan Hughes’ Fate

I wasn’t looking forward to next Saturday. If the atmosphere was ugly a fortnight ago, what would it have been like against Ebbsfleet, having lost twice against sides that leap-frogged us to get out of the bottom four, leaving us in the relegation mire in the process? Both defeats were galling too: at Aldershot we missed chances and conceded in the 94th minute, having collapsed … Continue reading The 2 Games That Sealed Bryan Hughes’ Fate

Bryan Hughes In Context

Bryan Hughes’ short spell as Wrexham manager is over, and it was a short spell. That’s not unusual since we’ve dropped into the National League though. Hughes was the 32nd Wrexham manager and his spell in the Racecourse hot seat is the fifth shortest. Billy Morris had two spells in charge, so only three men have been Wrexham boss for a shorter length of time. … Continue reading Bryan Hughes In Context

5 Questions Before AFC Fylde v Wrexham AFC

What happens if we lose? It’s the fundamental question of the night. Defeat would surely mean an horrendous atmosphere next Saturday would be inevitable if the status quo remained. The club wanted to do the right thing by backing Hughes last week, but circumstances are in danger of spiralling out of control. Will Lawlor return? With the side leaking goals, and Jake Lawlor finally available … Continue reading 5 Questions Before AFC Fylde v Wrexham AFC

Enough Is Enough

I didn’t enjoy last Saturday’s match, but the team’s performance wasn’t the reason. We weren’t great, but neither were we as awful as the reaction of the fans, both in the ground and on social media, would suggest. Apart from a first half period either side of a goalmouth scramble where Sutton claimed the ball had crossed the line, we were the better side, although … Continue reading Enough Is Enough