The visit of Southend is the perfect moment to reflect on how fortunate we are. Their off-field problems are horribly familiar, and illustrate why we should get behind the fan-led review’s recommendation that an independent regulator for football should be appointed. Football clubs are important in far more wide-reaching ways than merely being a source of entertainment. They are a source of civic pride and … Continue reading Southend’s Plight Reminds Us To Be Grateful
Tuesday night was magnificent, in so many ways. It was the perfect start to a trilogy which could define our season. Despite Chesterfield’s spectacular loss of form, this was still a formidable test. They fielded seven of the players who faced us in August, which remains the only time this season that our opponents have looked better than us, and that includes three games against … Continue reading One Down, Two To Go
Saturday will be a day of remarkable milestones for Phil Parkinson, who will be in charge of his 900th game as manager, and also his 750th league match. You might argue that, with the financial backing he’s received from Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, Parkinson ought to be achieving these results, but that would be massively reductive. Parkinson inherited a complex, almost unique situation, and … Continue reading Phil Parkinson Lives Up To Expectations
While the men’s team continues to draw international acclaim, Wrexham’s women’s team is achieving equally remarkable growth. Two stories which recently featured on the club website feed into this. One told of the incredible interest in the club, measured by our mushrooming social media statistics. The other was the announcement that the women’s team is going semi-professional. It’s a massive step, on a par with … Continue reading Wrexham AFC’s Women Are Ready To Soar
I suggested at the start of the season that the lifting of transfer window restrictions on Wrexham would be incredibly important as the season wore on. Last Saturday illustrated my point to perfection. When both Aaron Hayden and Jordan Tunnicliffe succumbed to injuries in the first ten minutes of our FA Cup tie with Sheffield United, hearts naturally sunk. How would we cope with the … Continue reading Eoghan O’Connell’s Arrival Shows How Things Have Changed for Wrexham AFC
Cup upsets are in Wrexham’s DNA. It’s such a shame that younger and newer fans haven’t had a chance to sample the delights of a decent giant-killing, but the win at Coventry meant they’d a chance to feel the joy of knock-out glory. Here’s my top ten Wrexham FA Cup ties. 10. 1957 4th Round Manchester United A momentous yet poignant day as we welcomed … Continue reading Wrexham AFC’s Top 10 FA Cup Ties
History was made last Friday. I think. When it comes to club histories and the recognition of milestones in football, some are more tricky to work out than others. I think we equalled the record for Wrexham’s longest ever unbeaten run on Friday, but you might disagree. First, some context. A club with a history as long as ours will have plenty of gaps in … Continue reading The Record Breakers
Saturday’s victory at Coventry was a massive, historic achievement, and felt like the first great moment under Rob and Ryan’s ownership. So let’s focus on last Tuesday. I had an awful sense of foreboding before the Bromley match, and that was unusual. This season I’ve been genuinely confident going into games, despite my natural inclination towards the cautious. There’s a simple logic to our success: … Continue reading The Best Part of the Coventry Win? The Following Tuesday.
Ironically, at a time when Wrexham’s side has brought us such pleasure and excitement, I’ll be desperate to see Coventry City’s team sheet on Saturday. The FA Cup has, sadly, been devalued since the days when it was valued as highly as the league. The final used to be a world-wide occasion, and the winners would be feted accordingly. Now, of course, higher division sides … Continue reading The Day Starts With Coventry’s Team Sheet!
Well, the World Cup is over. The players have returned to their clubs. The national managers are going back into hibernation, or down to the job centre. And Dion Dublin will have to go back to “Homes Under The Hammer “. Of course, for Wrexham things don’t change. We’ve been carrying on all through the tournament, weather permitting. Messi is definitely the Goat, while Elliot … Continue reading What The World Cup Learned From Wrexham
What an odd experience last Wednesday was! A freezing cold Racecourse (there’s nothing odd about that, as anyone planning to watch a home game in December will attest!), and opponents who didn’t turn up. I don’t mean they didn’t turn up like Torquay United, who were there in body but offered no resistance in the course of a 6-0 battering. Scunthorpe actually weren’t there! It … Continue reading Just Pop Over When It Suits You
Last week we took advantage of the dispensation granted to us in the Summer, allowing us to sign players outside the transfer window. And what a statement signing it was! Andy Cannon’s loan spell at Stockport last season was an important part of their success in the title battle, and The Hatters wanted to make the move permanent. Now he’s with us, and bringing a … Continue reading Cannon Adds to Wrexham’s Class
Phil Parkinson has a problem. It’s of his own making and, fortunately, it’s a problem he will be delighted to have. Elliot Lee’s adaptation to a deeper role in our midfield has been an enormous step forward in the evolution of the team. At the start of the season we tried to alter our shape to accommodate him, and it didn’t quite work. Lee would … Continue reading Parky’s Problems