I’m sure you won’t need to be reminded of what happened the last time Eastleigh visited The Racecourse. A traumatic home defeat in the National League play-offs ended our season in controversial circumstances, as we conceded the only goal in extra time after a hotly-contested decision to disallow a Kieran Kennedy goal which would have won the game in normal time. Ironically, that defeat came … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Eastleigh
I’m generally reluctant to criticize opposing players. What we see as a cynical foul when we’re the victims is a great piece of professionalism when executed by one of our own, and we should bear that in mind when we judge others. However, the behavior of Mike Fondop has gone well beyond the pale this season, especially when you consider the source of his inspiration. … Continue reading What Would Mike Do?
This is the fourth time we’ve faced Chesterfield this season, and surely the most important. We suffered one of our most disappointing defeats of the season at The Racecourse last October, when we dominated The Spireites for half an hour, only to collapse completely after an unnecessary own goal by Michael Chambers. We were offered a swift opportunity for revenge though, as four days later … Continue reading PREVIEW | Chesterfield v Wrexham AFC
We’ve been to Maidenhead twice, and emerged with all three points both times. Our first trip there was in August 2017, and we triumphed 2-1 thanks to Manny Smith, who scored two goals in a match for the only time in his career so far. We returned the following August, and enjoyed a 2-0 victory thanks to two goals in four minutes half way through … Continue reading PREVIEW | Maidenhead United v Wrexham AFC
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
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)
A significant milestone is brought up against Maidenhead, as Shaun Pearson plays his hundredth Wrexham game. The skipper has embodied all that is good about the team over the last couple of years, and fully deserves to be recognised for his commitment to the club in a time when so many players have come and gone swiftly. Two other players also enjoy a landmark tomorrow: … Continue reading PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Maidenhead United
We saw a few outgoings last week, with Mike Fondop finding a new forever home (until the Summer) and both Matt Sargent and Jack Thorn going on loan to gain experience, following Doug Tharme. So where does that leave our squad in terms of depth? I’ve tried to represent our current squad’s coverage of each position we’re likely to deploy below. Is there anywhere that … Continue reading How Did Last Week Affect Our Options?
Wrexham’s first win over Halifax in 6 games, ending our longest winless run against them. First time Wrexham have won with ten men since 23rd September 2017 at Tranmere. We’ve had players sent off in 5 subsequent matches. First time Wrexham have scored with ten men since the Tranmere win. Last time Wrexham won at home despite a red card: 10/03/2012 Barrow (h) 2-0 Last … Continue reading #WxmAnorak | Wrexham AFC 1 Halifax Town 0
Last season saw us finally end our misery against Dover, beating them at the 9th attempt. The game fell on the opening day of the season, and Mike Fondop’s improvised overhead kick was the only goal at The Crabble. Normal service was resumed in January when they beat us 1-0 at The Racecourse! Don’t let me put you off a late decision to undertake the … Continue reading Preview | Dover Athletic v Wrexham AFC
It was only yesterday that it occurred to me to check out just how difficult we found it to score goals last season. The answer, you might not be surprised to discover, is historically bad! Our top scorer in the league overall was Shaun Pearson, with 6 goals. Obviously that’s a remarkably low total, but it turns out that’s just half the story. 6 is … Continue reading Where Have All The Scorers Gone?
In Italy they call they have a phrase for it. Il Bomber. No matter what else you do, you need a Bomber to achieve your objective. Powerful, destructive, decisive, he’s the striker that delivers the end product, the goals to confirm your strategy. It’s the thing Wrexham lacked last season. Which brings me to the man Sam Ricketts brought in to be our Bomber. When … Continue reading Mike Fondop: The Incomplete Bomber
The departure of Nicky Deverdics this week came as no surprise to anybody, However, there’s a nagging doubt in the back of my mind that his time at The Racecourse could have panned out very differently. When Dean Keates brought him in, there was a sense of excitement. That process of injecting creativity into a side built around a strong defence had apparently found its … Continue reading The Unsolved Case of Nicky Deverdics