Promotion Requires Patience

It feels odd to be preaching patience at the end of January, but this bizarre season, twisted out of shape by forces beyond anyone’s control, throws convention out of the window.  Dean Keates is still fine-tuning his side, and Tuesday’s game was an interesting indicator of his progress, up against a side which plays in a very similar manner, and looks to have clicked.  Our … Continue reading Promotion Requires Patience

Football According to Denis

The press room at The Racecourse used to be under the Yale Stand and, in Football League days, was a convivial spot where reporters would chat about the game they’d just witnessed and fact-check with their colleagues to make sure the player who crossed for the second goa had been correctly identified. It would always be filled with chatter until one of the managers arrived. … Continue reading Football According to Denis

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

Time For Wrexham To Play To The Crowd

My Dad reckons that whenever Wrexham get a decent crowd in, we always underperform. This has an unfortunate knock-on effect as floating voters see us lose and decide they’re not going to come back any time soon. Last Saturday followed his predicted pattern, as we attracted our biggest home crowd of the season, but lost our top of the table match with Leyton Orient. However, … Continue reading Time For Wrexham To Play To The Crowd

Is Three at the Back the Answer?

I’m surprised to be thinking this, but three at the back might be the answer Gary Mills is looking for. The second half fightback against Eastleigh with such a formation encouraged many to see it as an option, but that was an aberration which didn’t convince me we should pursue that shape further. It was kitchen sink tactics: two down after a poor first half, … Continue reading Is Three at the Back the Answer?

Back to the Front

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. For a side which prides itself on its passing football, it’s perhaps surprising to see how much of our creativity stems from our back four. Gary Mills … Continue reading Back to the Front

Storer Ends Kevin Wilkin’s Frustrating Month

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. So Kyle Storer is our second transfer window arrival. It was a relief to hear he’d signed as up until then Kevin Wilkin had had a particularly … Continue reading Storer Ends Kevin Wilkin’s Frustrating Month

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

Bouncing Back

I’m not prone to melodramatic statements or over reactions, but having had a bit of time to absorb the performance at Braintree I’m finding it hard to escape the conclusion that it was a low point. Ever since we dropped into the Conference Wrexham fans have talked about how far we’ve fallen. When you’ve seen us lock horns with European giants, watched Arfon Griffiths’ side … Continue reading Bouncing Back