PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Torquay United

Tomorrow is Dean Keates’ hundredth game as Wrexham manager. He’s the sixteenth person to reach that milestone, and boasts the fifth best league loss percentage in our history. Keates is only the second person to have two spells as our boss, and is enjoying considerably more success than the other one. Billy Morris was in the Racecourse hot seat twice in the early 1960s, but … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Torquay United

Italian for Beginners

Isn’t Italian a lyrical language? Signing Jordan Ponticelli was an invitation to delve into linguistics which I couldn’t resist. It seemed pretty obvious that his name means little bridges, but that’s not all. Ponticelli is also the Italian word for jump leads! How brilliant, to come up with such an evocative word for a mundane object. They make little bridges between cars; why didn’t we … Continue reading Italian for Beginners

Jay, eh?

It’s felt on the cards since Dean Keates returned and Macclesfield’s sad collapse worsened. The reunion of Jay Harris and Dean Keates, the fierce heart of Wrexham’s best side since we were demoted from League One, has finally happened. As morale-boosting transfers go, this is about as good as it gets without crossing over into the crazy transfer speculation certain corners of the internet specialise … Continue reading Jay, eh?

Luke Summerfield and the Pursuit of Perfection

If Luke Summerfield had headed in a late fourth for Wrexham last Saturday he’d have capped a perfect day with a perfect hat trick. (I’m sure a perfect hat trick hasn’t been a thing until recently, but it’s been an answer on “Pointless” now, so it’s official!) Whatever part of his anatomy would have stuck in his theoretical third doesn’t matter though: the thing is, … Continue reading Luke Summerfield and the Pursuit of Perfection

So Sad We Couldn't Unleash Tollitt

As Dean Keates looks to clear space in his squad, Ben Tollit’s departure was inevitable. It was also a massive missed opportunity, embodying the tale of a season where players’ confidence has been shredded. I’m a fan of Tollitt, who showed last season that he has the ability to excel in the National League. However, Dean Keates didn’t inherit the man who had frightened defenders … Continue reading So Sad We Couldn't Unleash Tollitt

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Woking

We’re currently on a good run of results against Woking. We’re unbeaten in our last four games against The Cards, winning our last two home games, both of which are our best runs in this fixture. Our best result against Woking came in an FA Cup first round tie in November 2014. The game was over by half time, as Neil Ashton, Wes York and … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Woking

Manny Smith, Defender of the Faith

The cold, hard stats are remarkable. And yet they don’t begin to do justice to the contribution Manny Smith made to Wrexham over his five seasons at the club, or express the magnitude of our loss as we search for players to improve our position. Player of the season in his first season, Smith established himself immediately as a byword for consistency and reliability in … Continue reading Manny Smith, Defender of the Faith

The Back Three: Dean's Flexible Friend

It might only be a temporary fix, but Dean Keates has squeezed some crucial points out of our recent fixtures with a change of formation. Playing three at the back has allowed Keates a level of flexibility when it comes to his attacking approach, and the ten goals we’ve scored in the six games we’ve played with that system suggested we were profiting from that … Continue reading The Back Three: Dean's Flexible Friend

Bobby Grant's Daft Lunge Was One Of The Moments of 2019

One of my favourite moments of the season so far came in the second half of the Chorley match on Boxing Day. An excellent move released Devonte Redmond on the right flank, and he drilled a great cross into the goalmouth. JJ Hooper, hunting for a hat trick, attacked it at the near post, knowing that all it would take to beat the keeper from … Continue reading Bobby Grant's Daft Lunge Was One Of The Moments of 2019

Scary Christmas (War's Not Over)

It was a scary Christmas for Wrexham fans, so let’s hope we’ve got a Happy New Year coming up as compensation. January is already looking like a make-or-break point as we look to correct the issues which leave deep in trouble. One of the major problems which we face is our awful away form. We have the worst away form in the whole division and … Continue reading Scary Christmas (War's Not Over)