Changelings, Hair Triggers and Joe Clarke

Here’s another storming guest blog from Congy Red. We need to make this loan deal permanent! Prepare yourself for the finest opening paragraph in the history of literature…. The aim of this article is simple; to convince you, the reader that Joe Clarke is not what he appears to be. So, come inside my Cloak of Infallibility, don your underpants of gullibility (worn on the … Continue reading Changelings, Hair Triggers and Joe Clarke

Alfreton Town FC v Wrexham FC Preview

Who will step up to the plate and make themselves a hero tomorrow? If the previous pattern is followed, then somebody will, as both our games at The Impact Arena have ended in victory and been memorable for some notable individual feats. Our first visit there came back in August 2011 and Alfreton, newly promoted to the fifth tier of English football for the first … Continue reading Alfreton Town FC v Wrexham FC Preview

The One Battle The Beast Couldn’t Win

You could see how prepared the TV news channels are for the inevitable this month. When the one modern figure who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with history’s greats died in Johannesburg, they were ready to run the hours of video tributes they’d salted away years ago in readiness for the sad event. I feel I ought to have been equally ready to report on today’s unfortunate … Continue reading The One Battle The Beast Couldn’t Win

Leader Preview: Luton Town v Wrexham

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. Tomorrow’s FA Trophy tie is a tricky one to anticipate with both managers likely to rotate their squads. Andy Morrell needs to be careful as Wrexham’s pattern … Continue reading Leader Preview: Luton Town v Wrexham

The Qualifying Round Is Never A Formality For Wrexham FC!

Tomorrow we play at a stage of the FA Cup which, for so long was none of our concern, but the qualifying round presents a considerable obstacle to Wrexham Football Club. Hyde will be pleased to hear it’s not just the quality of the opposition that’s an issue; we’ve always struggled to get past the preliminaries of the cup and into the real thing. It’s … Continue reading The Qualifying Round Is Never A Formality For Wrexham FC!

Preview: Salisbury City (a)

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. Wrexham face a long journey south tomorrow to a venue where we enjoyed immediate success. Our first trip to Salisbury saw Brian Little’s Wrexham hit the top … Continue reading Preview: Salisbury City (a)

Morrell Upgrades Saunders’ 4-3-3

The Hereford game was interesting on a tactical level. It showed an important progression over the course of Andy Morrell’s time as manager. The general shape of the game showed a tactical progression we’ve made under Morrell. While he’s maintained the 4-3-3 we established under Dean Saunders, an issue we used to have under his predecessor doesn’t tend to be as pronounced. Morrell was wise … Continue reading Morrell Upgrades Saunders’ 4-3-3

The Home Front

Here’s the extended 12″ version of my column from last week’s Leader, because my initial version was just a tad over the word limit! 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. How strange to be in second place in the table … Continue reading The Home Front

Tactical Report: 7th May 2012 Wrexham 2 Luton Town 1 (Agg: 2-3) Blue Square Premier Play Off Semi-final 2nd

Wrexham’s record breaking season ended cruelly on Bank Holiday Monday, and the main focus has understandably been on the terrific heart shown by the players. However, the match also answered a tactical key question I’ve posed recently: whether Andy Morrell and Billy Barr have a Plan B when things go wrong. The evidence of the Luton game is that they most certainly do, and it’s pretty … Continue reading Tactical Report: 7th May 2012 Wrexham 2 Luton Town 1 (Agg: 2-3) Blue Square Premier Play Off Semi-final 2nd

Lay Off Mayebi

Joslain Mayebi has come in for a lot of a lot of stick since last night, and it’s out of order. Okay, he’s divided opinions all season, the debate raging about whether he or Chris Maxwell should be first choice keeper. I’ve had plenty to say on the subject, advocating Maxwell’s case (here, here and here) before accepting Mayebi’s qualities as his run in the … Continue reading Lay Off Mayebi

Tactical Report: 20th April 2012 Mansfield Town 2 Wrexham0 Blue Square Premier

Joslain Mayebi’s howler might have stolen the headlines, but it was an irrelevance. There were much more fundamental reasons why this was a harrowing evening for Wrexham. Their lack of shape, depth and creativity when they had the ball was a huge issue, lending a great deal of weight to a rather worrying conclusion: that they are almost wholly reliant for cohesion in possession on … Continue reading Tactical Report: 20th April 2012 Mansfield Town 2 Wrexham0 Blue Square Premier

Tactical Report: 31st March 2012 Cambridge United 1 Wrexham1 Blue Square Premier

The post match comments from Andy Morrell and Stephen Wright summed this performance up. Wrexham underperformed massively, looking like they had little in the tank for the match, and should have been very happy with the point. It was a match where too many small factors weighed against them, tipping the balance in Cambridge’s favour. The first key factor was the suspensions Wrexham suffered. In recent weeks, … Continue reading Tactical Report: 31st March 2012 Cambridge United 1 Wrexham1 Blue Square Premier