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Racecourse Ground Founded 1864 The Red Dragons

Wrexham were relegated from the Football League six years ago and since competing in the Conference Premier have finished in the playoffs three times. Owned by the fans, the Red Dragons lost in the playoff final to Welsh rivals Newport County in 2013 and in the same campaign they won the F.A Trophy beating Grimsby Town in a penalty shoot out. The year before Wrexham amassed an impressive 98 points and still only finished runners up. The Welsh club has plenty of history and are currently ranked the fourth highest Welsh club in English football. No Conference Premier club can boast the fact they have represented their nation in Europe in a major competition, the Red Dragons reached the Cup Winners Cup last eight in 1976.

wfcLast Season

Conference Premier: 17th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

FA Trophy: 2nd Round

Top Scorer: Johnny Hunt

Average Attendance: 2993

A complete contrast to the campaign before when the Welsh club reached Wembley twice. This time with expectations high Wrexham were nowhere near the standards they set in the previous three seasons. The Red Dragons failed to win more than two games in a row and the only consistent spell was a six match winless streak after the opening day victory. The third best supported side in the league were left just as disappointed as Morrell and on 24 February he resigned. With the strikers at Wrexham’s disposal it was Johnny Hunt, not your out and out striker that found the net the most. Coupled with the fact the Reds conceded more goals than ever in any of their previous Conference Premier campaigns confirmed why Wrexham finished as lowly as they did. A change in leadership could see a different Wrexham next term and for their fans they certainly hope so.

The Manager – Kevin Wilkin

Appointed in March, Wilkin hasn’t had much time to build a squad and has taken charge of Wrexham in only eight matches, winning two, drawing three and losing three. The 46 year old earned his move after impressing constistently at Nuneaton Town where he took them through the non league divisions. Ending his playing career at the Warwickshire club, Wilkin stayed with Boro and when the club reformed he took to management following Roger Ashby’s departure in 2006. The former Northampton Town player led the Nuneaton Town to three playoff promotions rising from the Southern League Division One Midlands through the Conference North and into the Premier. Nuneaton hadn’t had a club in the Conference Premier for nine years and with loyalty and backing Wilkin made it happened for the town. In the Boro’s second campaign back in the top non league division he took them to top of the table after an unbeaten run of nine matches.

The Summer

Wilkin has focused on attack this summer and gone with what he knows bringing two in from his former club. However, the most exciting deal is capturing the services of ex Scunthorpe United striker Connor Jennings. The 22 year old had a fantastic loan spell at Macclesfield Town last term scoring 16 goals in as many games. Nuneaton Town top scorer from last season, Louis Moult will pair up with Jennings having netted 17 league goals in 36 appearances. Also arriving from Liberty Way is winger Wes York who featured in every Conference Premier game last season. Having spent time out on loan with Welling United, Blaine Hudson has moved from newly promoted Cambridge United, the defender comes in and going the other way is Johnny Hunt who will be a U’s player for the 2014/15 season. Robert Ogleby, Kyle Parle, David Artell, Jay Colback and Joe Anyinsah were released and Kevin Thornton moved to Tamworth.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Wrexham 1 Dartford 2 – Conference Premier – 8 February 2014

After the hammering at Princes Park, the Darts recorded a tremendous away win to go with the 2-2 draw from the previous season. On loan striker, Andy Pugh scored after ten minutes for Dartford following up a free kick goalkeeper Andy Coughlin fumbled. Wrexham were level when Joe Clarke equalised but on the stroke of half time Elliot Bradbrook won the match for the Darts.

Dartford 1 Wrexham 5 – Conference Premier – 19 November 2013

A third minute goal by Lee Burns cheekily put Dartford in front but that is as good as the evening got. Wrexham hit back with five of their own including four in twenty first half minutes. Brett Ormerod bagged a brace, Joe Clarke and Rob Ogleby had the Welsh side 4-1 up at the break. Johnny Hunt added the final goal on a fine Tuesday night for the Red dragons.

Next Meetings

Saturday 9 August 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 20 December 2014 at the Racecourse Ground

League Performance Last Ten Years

wrexham last ten years

Best Performances

15th Old Division Two (1978/79) F.A Cup Quarter Final (1973/74, 1977/78 & 1996/97) F.A Trophy Winners (2012/13)

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