Jurgen Klopp has been suggesting recently that the return to fitness of Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is like Liverpool having two new signings. Well, Bobby Grant wasn’t even injured, but he seems like a new man for Wrexham. I’ll admit to conflicting feelings about Grant by the end of last season. He seemed to become a scapegoat for some fans as our promotion push … Continue reading Bobby Grant Returns
So Bryan Hughes didn’t quite manage to equal the best start by a Wrexham manager by winning his first four games, but by way of consolation, here’s something to consider: how good might he be when he can actually pick from a full squad? It’s easy to forget, blinded as we are by Hughes’ positive impact on the club, just how many experienced players aren’t … Continue reading Positive Signs
Written by Gruffudd ab Owain Back in the summer, I wrote an article concerning the transfer rumours at the time called ‘Rumours Raining on Racecourse’. Welcome to volume 2! At the time Gary Mills was in charge of the club and three attackers were linked with Wrexham. John Rooney, Matt Rhead and Jordan Lussey were the ones amid speculation back in the close-season. Rooney has … Continue reading Rumours Raining on Racecourse Part Two
I’m confused. Going into last weekend’s excellent win over Barrow I was concerned by the direction this season was taking. Three points later and I’m looking at a league table which has us one point off the play-offs and wondering if I was right to be concerned in the first place. A closer examination of the table only makes it more pleasing. Three of the … Continue reading So What did Last Saturday Actually Mean?
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?
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. A Wrexham side in turmoil at least has a chance to set things straight tomorrow against a side which has enjoyed its visits to The Racecourse. Our … Continue reading PREVIEW: Wrexham FC v Alfreton Town
“The grabbing hands, grab all they can, all for themselves, after all it’s a competitive world” -Depeche Mode Contract Law has not been a friend of Wrexham FC in recent years, and I’m quaking in my boots after several previous significant setbacks. I’m not made happier by news such as ‘Keates shakes hands on new deal’ or ‘player asks for more time to consider his options’. … Continue reading The Contract, Still Intact
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 decision by the referee to press on with the Dartford game last Saturday dealt a serious blow to our ambitions for the rest of the season. … Continue reading Mud, Mud, Inglorious Mud
So, Danny Wright’s gone. It’ll be interesting to see if he could have played the transfer a little more craftily. The nature of his decision is transparent. Moving from a club which has been in the play-offs for the last three years to one which averaged an attendance of 1,179 last season, below the division’s average, and a lowest home crowd of less than 600, … Continue reading Do The Wright Thing
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. They call it scoreboard pressure in cricket, and on Tuesday we had an opportunity to apply some on our promotion rivals. How frustrating that we weren’t able … Continue reading Scoreboard Pressure
They say you should never go back, and in general I fully subscribe to that theory. Thank goodness Chris Maxwell doesn’t though: he could be the exception that proves the rule. Generally, going back to the scene of your greatest successes is fraught with danger. Expectations are too high, players are often older and a little over the hill when they rerurn, and it just … Continue reading Maxwell’s Return Reflects Well On Both Him And Morrell
Dean Saunders’ arrival at Wolves appears to be a fait accompli: it would certainly be interesting to see how he fares at such a big club, and how well he’s learned the lessons of his lengthy stint at Wrexham. Saunders left The Racecourse a very different man to the one who arrived … Continue reading Saunders to Wolves: Smart Move or Howler?
Sometimes it’s a good thing that your opponents let in five goals at home three days ago: it shows that they’re useless and ripe for the picking. That’s definitely not the case tonight though. Andy Morrell’s right to anticipate Newport being like “a wounded animal” tonight. They got thumped 5-0 by Forest Green at Rodney Parade on New Year’s Day, and will have been hurting … Continue reading Muddy Hell Awaits at Newport