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

Preview | Wrexham AFC v Bromley

Dean Keates has positive memories of welcoming Bromley to The Racecourse. His first win as manager came at their expense in October 2016 as Shaun Harrad and Gerry McDonagh scored the goals in a 2-1 win. Keates would clear his squad out swiftly though, as only two of the players used in that match would still be at the club by the start of next … Continue reading Preview | Wrexham AFC v Bromley

5 Questions Before Wrexham AFC v Bromley

Where will the goals come from? Not an original question, but a pertinent one after last Tuesday. The chances Wrexham spurned at Torquay were worrying. No longer were we fretting over the ability to create opportunities: instead, the problem was our lack of bite in the box. However, with getting JJ Hooper on the pitch seeming to be a difficult task, it’s hard to see … Continue reading 5 Questions Before Wrexham AFC v Bromley

I Love It When I’m Wrong

They say sorry is the hardest word. I think floccinaucinihilipilification is the hardest word, but I accept admitting you’re wrong’s not easy either. It’s time for me to eat humble pie and explain why, after Tuesday’s FA Cup win, I hope I’ve got something badly wrong. Before I fully confess my crime, I want to point out that I do feel vindicated by a related … Continue reading I Love It When I’m Wrong

#WxmAnorak | Wrexham AFC 1 Chesterfield 0

It’s seven seasons since Wrexham won an FA Cup Qualifying Round game at the first attempt. (26/10/2013 Hyde United (h) 2-0) Dean Keates’ first win in the FA Cup as Wrexham manager. P5 W1 D2 L2 Last time Wrexham went two games without a booking: the first three games of last season. Wrexham’s first clean sheet in 7 games, and second in 17. All 3 … Continue reading #WxmAnorak | Wrexham AFC 1 Chesterfield 0

5 Questions Before Wrexham AFC v Chesterfield (again)

Will Keates start with Saturday’s subs? Dean Keates’ bold triple substitution certainly made a difference on Saturday, injecting threat and directness into our play. But how many of the trio have earned a start for the replay? Akil Wright and Devonte Redmond certainly made a difference in the middle of the pitch, but will Keates be willing to drop Luke Young and Luke Summerfield, both … Continue reading 5 Questions Before Wrexham AFC v Chesterfield (again)

#WxmAnorak | Chesterfield 1 Wrexham AFC 1

It’s seven seasons since Wrexham won an FA Cup Qualifying Round game at the first attempt. (26/10/2013 Hyde United (h) 2-0) Last time Wrexham equalised away from home – 19/8/19 Notts County 1-1 Bobby Grant has scored more goals his season (7) than any Wrexham player scored in the whole of last season. Bobby Grant scored his first goal in the FA Cup since 8/12/09 … Continue reading #WxmAnorak | Chesterfield 1 Wrexham AFC 1

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

PREVIEW | Chesterfield v Wrexham AFC

Chesterfield are ancient as well as recent foes. We’ve faced them 116 times, and of course a certain clash in the FA Cup is the most famous of all those encounters. Our defeat at Saltergate in 1997 was a bitter blow. We were so close to reaching the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time, but a second half mix-up between Andy Marriott and Deryn … Continue reading PREVIEW | Chesterfield v Wrexham AFC

Embracing The Strange

or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup. I quite like the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup. Am I mad? Let’s get one thing straight from the start: having teams from the fifth division of English football (and indeed, from the Welsh, Irish and Northern Irish leagues, not to mention SPL youth sides) is a ludicrous gimmick … Continue reading Embracing The Strange

Preview | Wrexham AFC v St Mirren Colts

Discounting spells are caretaker manager, Keates is the second Wrexham manager to have a second spell in charge of the club. He won’t want to repeat the fortunes of Billy Morris, who was in charge for the 1960-1 season and then again for seven months from March 1965. He was hardly a roaring success in his first spell, finishing 16th in Division Four, but second … Continue reading Preview | Wrexham AFC v St Mirren Colts

Making The Smart Move

Last Tuesday felt reassuring. We might not have closed out the win, but Dean Keates’ first match back as boss didn’t just have a sense of familiarity because he was on the touchline. We looked comfortingly compact again. There was a sense of organisation about the side, a solid shape and good distances between players. We weren’t open to the break as we have been … Continue reading Making The Smart Move