Tag: Wrexham

Top Versus Bottom In The Blue Square Premier

Two matches in the Blue Square Premier brought together four clubs from directly opposite ends of the football spectrum yesterday and, while the results of those matches were hardly unexpected, it was difficult not to feel at the end of this week that these were not as important as the fact that the matches had taken place in the first place. The matches were, of course, between Darlington and Fleetwood Town, and between Wrexham and Kettering Town. Darlington’s plight has been thoroughly documented on these pages over the last seven days. That they were playing at all yesterday afternoon was a testament to the hard work put in last week by many, many people. That they should have been playing against the financially-plumpened Fleetwood Town, who continue to agitate at the top of the table, is an irony that will not have been lost on many. Meanwhile, in north Wales, Kettering Town travelled to play Wrexham. Kettering Town found themselves in the dock last week over the non-payment of football-related debts. The supporters of Wrexham will be more than aware of this feeling of financial difficulties starting to spiral out of control. Wrexham battled to stay alive throughout most of last year before the club’s supporters trust took ownership of it in October. Somehow or other, player-manager Andy Morrell has managed to keep his side winning and they went...

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The FA Cup Third Round: Wrexham 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion (4-5 Pens)

There is, perhaps, little surprising in the fact that the most confusing tie of the Third Round of the FA Cup should involve Wrexham. The Blue Square Premier club – the last non-league club still involved in this year’s competition – have had possibly the most convoluted twelve months of any side in the entire English league system, and this extended into the arrangements for this match against Brighton & Hove Albion, following their 1-1 draw at The American Express Community Stadium a week and a half ago. Contradictory messages flooded the internet regarding when this match would be played and on which television channel it would appear, and the matter was confused further yesterday lunchtime, when a frozen pitch put the match back by twenty-four hours. Tonight, however, the game is emphatically on and the rewards of this FA Cup run for a club of Wrexham’s size – particularly one under the ownership of a supporters trust charged with balancing the books after years of mismanagement – are obvious. The television money and gate receipts from this match alone are highly significant amounts of money for them, and the rewards of winning – even if we set to one side for just a moment considerations such as the achievement that it would mark in itself – are even greater. The winners of this match have already been drawn...

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Match Of The Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Wrexham

That the first weekend of the new year should see the coming together of these two clubs is entirely appropriate. Brighton & Hove Albion and Wrexham had differing experiences of 2011, but for both clubs the year ended with the feeling of a clean slate having been managed for both clubs. For Wrexham, the club is finally in the hands of the only people that could reasonably left in charge of it after years of mismanagement, the Wrexham Supporters Trust. Their club still has financial hurdles to jump, but a result this afternoon of any description would bring welcome revenue to The Racecourse Ground. Brighton & Hove Albion, meanwhile, came home, from the unsuitable and ill-equipped Withdean stadium to The American Express Community Stadium in Falmer. This progress was mirrored on the pitch, with promotion to the Championship and the team holding its own once this had been achieved. Hopes of a second successive promotion have receded in weeks after a blistering start to the season, but Brighton & Hove Albion remain set on an upward trajectory themselves. On top of this, the bonds forged between the two clubs in 2004, when a Brighton-led Fans United demonstration at The Racecourse Ground shone a light upon an attempted land-grab by former owners Alex Hamilton and Mark Guterman, have never fully died away, and before the match the WST makes a...

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The FA Cup Third Round: Brighton & Wrexham – Fans United

The FA Cup Third Round this weekend sees a handful of fascinating ties for the non-league clubs still in the competition, with Blue Square Premier title chasers Fleetwood Town taking on Blackpool, Tamworth travelling to Goodison Park to play Everton and Salisbury City of the Blue Square South making the journey to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United. At the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, meanwhile, Blue Square Premier leaders Wrexham will be taking on Brighton & Hove Albion, and this is a match that has special significance for a club that has only recently emerged from the trauma of twelve months which saw the club’s future seemingly perpetually under threat. In 2004, their club was under threat as it has been of late. Under the ownership of Alex Hamilton and Mark Guterman, protests had been forming as the intention of the owners, to strip the ground away from the club, became apparent. Hamilton’s response to his attempt at a land-grab was to label the protesting supporters as Luddite terrorists who should be locked up in cages”, but such comments were obviously not going to stop the protests against him. Having transferred the ownership of the ground into the name of one of his companies in the September of that year, he resigned his position on the board of directors of the club at the end of October 2004,...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Last Of The Bank Holiday Rush

Normal service is now to resume after the somewhat chaotic Christmas and New Year matches, but we’re going to spend a little time catching up with the last of the festive highlights from over the course of the last three days or so. We have six matches lined up for you this evening. From the Blue Square Premier, we have highlights of the matches between Wrexham & AFC Telford United and Forest Green Rovers. In the Blue Square South, we have highlights of another derby match, this time between Tonbridge Angels & Bromley, and this is followed by two matches from the Southern Football League, between Fleet Town & Slough Town, and Cambridge City & Oxford City. Finally, we have a match from the Northern League, between North Shields & Alnwick Town. Our thanks go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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