Casual sexism creeping in at The Racecourse; should we be surprised?

Originally posted on The Joe Clarke Project:
I have played and watched football my entire life, but it’s something of a lose-lose situation when you’re a women. You’re either having to defend your femininity to the archetypal “lads lad” (are they threatened when a girl plays better than them?); or you’re having to defend your love of the game to those very same lads (because… Continue reading Casual sexism creeping in at The Racecourse; should we be surprised?

Three Kings, a baby and a star from the East

Kevin Wilkin has got me flustered. I’m getting confused what time of year it is, because he’s started making moves to sort out the squad for next year, and it feels far too early. This season I thought it was going to take until Christmas to get a settled side, due to our injury issues. It looks like Mr Wilkin plans to sort things out … Continue reading Three Kings, a baby and a star from the East

What If?

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 fine margins which determine a team’s fate fascinate me. No matter how you detailed your plans the smallest factor can have a decisive effect on the … Continue reading What If?

4-4-2 Isn’t Working For Wrexham FC

I planned to write this about three weeks ago but lost my nerve. To be fair, my moment of weakness was based on hard evidence: I saw something which made me genuinely think I was wrong. Having gathered further proof, though, I’ve come to the conclusion that I was right all along. 4-4-2 doesn’t work for the current Wrexham squad and the 4-3-3 Andy Morrell … Continue reading 4-4-2 Isn’t Working For Wrexham FC

The Red Cards Have to Stop For Wrexham FC

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. Our disciplinary record has undoubtedly been a problem this season, but against Halifax it came to a head. Brett Ormerod’s sending off was the main – perhaps … Continue reading The Red Cards Have to Stop For Wrexham FC

The Wrexham FC Season So Far in Stats – Is Middle of the Table about Right?

I started this article thinking I had stumbled on to statistician gold and found the reason why Wrexham’s season has been so – dare I say average? During my visits to the Racecourse this season I have found myself urging the boys in red to “SHOOT” more often, often frustrated by plenty of pretty possession but a seeming unwillingness to go for goal. While I … Continue reading The Wrexham FC Season So Far in Stats – Is Middle of the Table about Right?

Wrexham 2 Alfreton 3 Apparently

I was disappointed to find we’d drawn at home to Alfreton. Imagine how I felt when, the next day, I discovered that we’d hadn’t! I’ve been away for the last few days, and found myself in the hotel in Venice which wifi forgot. There were certain ironic references to Wrexham all around – on the first day the Alto Acqua meant that St Mark’s Square … Continue reading Wrexham 2 Alfreton 3 Apparently

Leader Preview: Hyde FC v Wrexham FC

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. We travel to Hyde seeking our first win there, but at least for the first time a Wrexham side is going there with some idea of what … Continue reading Leader Preview: Hyde FC v Wrexham FC

Crisitunity Knocks!

Lisa Simpson: “Look on the bright side, Dad. Did you know that the Chinese use the same word for ‘crisis’ as they do for ‘opportunity?’” Homer Simpson: “Yes. ‘Crisitunity!’” Homer has it right. The fact that our options are limited this week might just turn out to be a good thing after all. Why bother rotating your squad for the “congested Christmas fixture list” (© Sky … Continue reading Crisitunity Knocks!

Bishop Turns A Corner

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. Things are starting to slot back into place. After the rocky start to the season there were some who were calling for all sort of apocalyptic solutions, … Continue reading Bishop Turns A Corner