PODCAST | Mick Vinter, Memory and How We Interpret Football

Sadly, Mick VInter passed away last week. Mark Griffiths remembers the predatory striker, and how our understanding of football, and the memories of players and games we’ve seen, are formed by our chlldhood heroes…..and panini stickers. Continue reading PODCAST | Mick Vinter, Memory and How We Interpret Football

PREVIEW | Rochdale v Wrexham AFC

Wrexham AFC’s name is built on beating sides from higher divisions. It’s eight years since we last managed that feat, when we defeated Brentford in the second round of the FA Cup. To be fair, since then we’ve not had many chances to cause a shock, and we’ve acquitted ourselves well on the four subsequent occasions we’ve faced Football League opposition. The win at Brentford … Continue reading PREVIEW | Rochdale v Wrexham AFC

Barrow Makes Sense For Wrexham AFC

Meet the new boss; same as the old boss. That seems to be how a lot of Wrexham fans have greeted the appointment of Graham Barrow, but I don’t think they’re right. Clearly the club evaluated other options, which might be interesting indicators of our future targets. However, those deals all had practical drawbacks, while the appointment of Barrow is simple, ensures the squad have … Continue reading Barrow Makes Sense For Wrexham AFC

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

A Repeat of 2003 Will Do Wrexham Against Newport County

We’ve played Newport County before in the FA Cup, but it didn’t go well. The first time we ever met our South Walian rivals was in the sixth qualifying round of the cup, in December 1921. An impressive crowd of 8,693 saw us draw 0-0 at The Racecourse, and we lost the replay 3-0. Apart from two Welsh Cup wins over Newport in the mid-1920s, … Continue reading A Repeat of 2003 Will Do Wrexham Against Newport County

Keeper Taylor’s Quite A Catch

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’re struggling to keep clean sheets, but sometimes the stats lie. The man between the posts has been one of Gary Mills’ best pieces of transfer business … Continue reading Keeper Taylor’s Quite A Catch

PREVIEW: FA Trophy final – Wrexham FC v North Ferriby United

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’ve never faced North Ferriby before, but can go into the final knowing we’ve got a great deal more experience than them in cup competitions, and have … Continue reading PREVIEW: FA Trophy final – Wrexham FC v North Ferriby United

Crunch Time for the Rock of Gibraltar

There’s not a great deal to excite us in the remainder of the season, but watching how Kevin Wilkin goes about assessing his options will be interesting. How he deploys his fresh-from-the-box international centre back is one of the main items I’ll be monitoring. Dave Artell’s season has taken a turn which I certainly didn’t foresee. I accept that he divides opinion, and there are … Continue reading Crunch Time for the Rock of Gibraltar

Mud, Mud, Inglorious Mud

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

Leader Preview: Wrexham FC v Gresley

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’ve never played Gresley before, but if things go well for him their name could feature prominently when one of our players looks back on his career. … Continue reading Leader Preview: Wrexham FC v Gresley

To Rotate Or Not Rotate? That Is The Question.

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. I remember trying to cheer myself up six years ago as I faced up to the prospect of Wrexham playing in non league football by telling myself … Continue reading To Rotate Or Not Rotate? That Is The Question.

Will Artell Be Our Fourth of a Kind?

So David Artell might be coming back to The Racecourse. That’s news I’d offer a qualified welcome to. Signing Artell is a good move per se. He illustrated last season that he’s a strong stopper and a genuine leader, not to mention the sort of bloke who looks to referee the match himself remaining constantly in the officials’ ears (bearing in mind the erratic, impressionable … Continue reading Will Artell Be Our Fourth of a Kind?