Falling

And then there were two. For many, many years, there were four, but Newport County fell through the trapdoor an into the Conference in 1988 (and folded not too long afterwards), and it now looks likely that Wrexham will follow them after a wretched period in the club’s history, which has seen them tossed from pillar to post and took them perilously close to closure. In the overall scheme of things, relegation into the Conference might not necessarily look like such a disaster, but many Wrexham fans are now concerned that this could be a point of no return for them – the tipping point of a downward spiral from which they my never be able to return. Founded in 1872, Wrexham are one of the oldest clubs in Britain, and are the oldest professional football club in Wales. The likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs are mere striplings by comparison. They were voted into the Football League in 1921, when it expanded in size to add the Third Divisions North & South. The first few decades were, to say the least, uneventful. Wrexham had a couple of brushes with promotion (fleeting and consummated just the once – very briefly, in 1960), entertained the Busby Babes in the FA Cup (and lost 5-0) and finished bottom of Division Four in 1966, but largely it was an...

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