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  1. Not Town related so apologies if boring

    These were all for the Welsh squads at the time. 
  2. Not Town related so apologies if boring

    It might be a first in the Conf North.  Wrexham were the first in non-league to have a match postponed due to international call ups back in 2008.  1 player in the full squad, and 3 more in the U21 squad.  It was unprecedented at the time.
  3. GAME OFF!!!!!

    Why call it off so soon ?  Isn't it traditional at the shay to wait to call it off after 2pm on a saturday ?  ;-)
  4. Hartlepool tonight

    Is this the first time Riley has featured since his injury? 
  5. Appointment urgently needed

    I agree fans can work in tandem with owners - unfortunately, we had a couple of sets of asset stripping owners that seemed hell bent on destroying the club.  Fan ownership seemed the only way forward for us.  We're never going to pull up trees as our budget has to be well controlled - if we can't afford it, we can't spend it.  What is nice to see though that we're getting much bigger crowds nowadays than we were getting when we were bumbling along in league 1.  The Virtus Verona link is a strange one.  I think it's something to do with VV and Wrexham being involved in some sort of anti fascism organisation.  I think we've had visitors back and forth between the 2 clubs over the years. Probably the most interesting link is with FC Magdeberg in Germany.  We had a hundred or so Magdeberg fans attend one of our games a month or so ago.  This dates back to when the 2 clubs met eachother in the European Cup Winners Cup back in 1979 - and there's been a friendly link ever since.
  6. Appointment urgently needed

    Regarding fan representation on the board, how feasible is a fan takeover of the club? Do you have a fans trust?  Whilst fan ownership is definitely not easy, your destiny is in your own hands and there is ultimately nobody to blame. Quite literally putting your own money where your mouth is.  The likes of Wrexham and Chester are polar opposite examples of how fan ownership can pan out. Chester with their new club started from scratch with zero debt, climbed up the leagues, and ultimately the fans failed to attend games to meet the break-even attendances. Coupled with poor board appointments, they've found themselves in the brown stuff incredibly quickly.  We at Wrexham took over the club in debt and had to initially clear said debt. We embrace the fan ownership model and turn up in numbers to now turn a profit at the club. We club together to build a transfer kitty for the manager rather than relying on a chairman having to invest his money in the club.   
  7. Kingsley Joins Barrow

    James scored, but not Kingsley James.  Luke James scored the goal.
  8. Gary Mills isn't the manager

    Gary Mills does come with a reputation for playing nice football - that's what we Wrexham fans were looking forward to.  In the first half of his first season, he had us playing some lovely football, but things tailed off very quickly and the brand of football became dull and moribund.   He culled the majority of the squad the following season, most of them senior players and many promising academy players.  He replaced them with players sourced mostly from agents (and he hadn't actually had them scouted himself) - we seemed to end up with lots of players from Fifteen Eleven agency at the time, it was as though Mills was just shopping from a catalogue. There's also the drinking culture that developed due to Mills.  We had a manager that liked to take team meetings in pubs (same happened at York as well I hear - he was outed by some exiting players), form dipped, players start getting arrested for being drunk and disorderly or drink driving (striker James Gray even managed to get himself on a motorway cop tv show being arrested - classy).  There's lots of pubs in the Halifax area - Gary Mills would love it.   It might work out with Gary Mills at Halifax.  However, Halifax fans don't seem to be that much different to us Wrexham fans - there's an undercurrent of expectation and fickleness, so I'm not convinced Mills would last at Halifax.
  9. Today's Game

    Looked offside to me, but goal given. 
  10. Gary Mills isn't the manager

    I wonder if he'll be there today then. 
  11. Wrexham.

    Away fans are in one end of the side 'Yale' stand. Home fans are behind the goal. It's only 3 sided at the moment so the Kop is unused. 
  12. Who Will Be Our Next Manager?

    I think what I was meaning is that he was popular amongst those fans who could step back and see the bigger picture of what Morrell had done for the club over the years he'd been there.  Fans who could see that after relegation from the Conference, then narrowly missing a 2nd successive relegation prior to him arriving, then he arrived and seemed to do well to steady the ship.  He only just missed out on the playoffs with Tamworth a couple of seasons running.  Last season and this were decidedly average, but I suppose it depends on what you're looking for in a manager. Of course perhaps I'm blinkered by the near-success he brought to my own club. In 3 seasons, one FA trophy win at Wembley, getting to the playoffs twice, one of those occasions to the final at Wembley, only to lose it to a lottery winner bankrolled Newport, not that I'm bitter  ;-)   We could see that even as a rookie, he had potential as a manager, which was backed up by win percentage of 52% for Wrexham.  I think his win percentage at Tamworth was 47% - a combined average win percentage of about 50%. That's certainly a better record than the likes of the last 2 managers at Halifax, but like I said it depends what you want in a manager. That's if he's interested of course.
  13. Who Will Be Our Next Manager?

    Mills is most definitely overrated. 
  14. Who Will Be Our Next Manager?

    Andy Morrell would be a good appointment for you I reckon.  At Wrexham, he inherited a good team from from Dean Saunders and carried on a successful formula.  He's a bit of a club legend at Wrexham, so we were always going to be a bit more forgiving with him than other managers.  He had a couple of good seasons but ultimately he had enough honesty and integrity about him to admit he wasn't quite good enough to carry us over the line and get us back to the football league, and he walked away from the job. He was also very popular at Tamworth and it was a surprise to many Tamworth fans that he was sacked.  Of the other ex Wrexham managers I've heard mentioned recently for the Halifax job, I'd say Morrell would be the one I'd recommend the most (over the likes of ex-reds managers Kevin Wilkin & Gary Mills). Of course, Morrell is very friendly with Billy Barr, so he may be able to help bring him back to Town as well perhaps?
  15. Wrexham.

    Certainly the January transfer kitty this season has been boosted by the Wrexham fans clubbing together under the 'Build the Budget' campaign.  Not sure of the final figure that the fans collected, but it was something in the region of £70k+, so I understand.  Whilst this won't necessarily have been used on transfer fees per se, it would go towards player wages, etc.