Two matches is a very small sample size so perhaps I should guard against getting carried away. However, our last two matches suggest that Jon Nolan has the capability to become that most rare of things – a successful loan signing. In fact, the current crop of loanees are shaping up quite well. James Caton looked sharp when he came on against Shrewsbury, and the … Continue reading Is Jon Nolan About to Break the Loan Jinx?
So who’s the most significant figure in recent Wrexham history? Kevin Wilkin? Dean Keates? Neil Ashton? How about Andy Bishop? His fortunes have perhaps shaped the last couple of years more than anyone else’s. At the start of last season Bishop’s signature represented more than just the completion of a transfer deal. He was the signing on whom Andy Morrell unwittingly staked his job. The … Continue reading Andy Bishop: Wrexham FC’s History Man
The headline fact about this season, of course, is that we came 17th in the fifth tier, therefore suffering the lowest league position in the club’s history. As you might imagine, that means that a lot of our figures this season are the worst since the campaign which saw us relegated to the Conference six years ago. We conceded more goals and lost more games … Continue reading A Statistical Review of Wrexham FC’s Season
So there I was, collecting for the hospital radio commentary by the car park turnstiles before the Macclesfield game, when I got wind of the team. I thought I might as well provide a public service (after all, that was what I was collecting for!) and let all and sundry know the two changes to the side. One, in particular, got a reaction. We now know … Continue reading Joslain For Position
This was an evening summed up by pre- and post-match reaction. I was struck by how many people’s immediate response was that the second half was much better. It wasn’t actually particularly great, but it was certainly an improvement on the first period. I can see why so many people clutched at straws in that way, as current form is terrifying, but the truth is … Continue reading Wrexham 0 Grimsby Town 1
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. The voting opened this week for the official player of the year through The Leader’s website and it’s interesting how the choices tend to wax and wane … Continue reading So who gets my vote?
There’s not a great deal to excite us in the remainder of the season, but watching how Kevin Wilkin goes about assessing his options will be interesting. How he deploys his fresh-from-the-box international centre back is one of the main items I’ll be monitoring. Dave Artell’s season has taken a turn which I certainly didn’t foresee. I accept that he divides opinion, and there are … Continue reading Crunch Time for the Rock of Gibraltar
So there I was, chatting to my dad on the phone, telling him that the last thing I want is for Wrexham to go and bring somebody in on loan. Then I hang up, walk downstairs and find out we’ve got Bradley Reid back. As Bart Simpson says, the ironing is delicious. The ironic element of this transaction extends beyond the obvious though. Oddly enough, … Continue reading We’re Glad We’ve Got Brad
Well, if Kevin Wilkin didn’t have a good idea of the job in hand, he does now. It usually takes more than one training session to make a difference and it was a good job Wrexham’s fans remembered that. It has to be said that if we’d played like this at home to a team that hadn’t won or scored in four games and has … Continue reading Wrexham 1 Salisbury City 1
Billy Barr’s chances of getting the managerial job at Wrexham always hinged on his results. Disadvantaged by not being a new start as a result of his membership of Andy Morrell’s coaching team, he looked like a bit of a long shot to me. However, he had one crucial thing in his favour: as the man in possession, he could force himself to the top … Continue reading Braintree Town 3 Wrexham 0
I was spitting feathers for the last quarter of an hour of this match, and a good while afterwards, which isn’t like me. That’s the thing about miscarriages of justice: they wind folk up. Andy Bishop’s second red card against Kidderminster this season was similar in some ways to what happened at Aggborough, as he was wound up once more by a very provocative Harriers … Continue reading Wrexham 0 Kidderminster Harriers 0
A crop of promising youth players will always get fans excited. Thoughts turn to the Busby Babes and Fergie’s Fledglings, and supporters start to ponder how far these wonder kids can take the club and what alliterative gems will describe them. Some hot prospects are easy to spot: we’ve had Rob Evans and Bradley Reid come through this season and it was obvious that both … Continue reading Coughlin and Tomassen, Wrexham’s Unexpected Bonuses
Turns out 4-4-2 is the answer after all then! Billy Barr made bold changes to his team, switched around the formation and was rewarded with a result which was a tonic after last Tuesday. Most notably, he cracked the 4-4-2 conundrum, playing Mark Carrington high on the right. He and Johnny Hunt on the left would give a perfect illustration of the roles wide midfielders … Continue reading Hereford United 0 Wrexham 2