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Wrexham Weekly: Red Dragons end month of woes

Welcome to Wrexham…Weekly — a weekly dose of the Welsh club that has a unique connection to Philadelphia, even though it’s over 3,000 miles away. Whether you’re a local Red Dragons supporter or an intrigued observer, this is the place for you.

This weekly series will provide you with digestible hits on the latest Wrexham news, a recap of the week’s matches, and a look at the matches ahead.

Now, let’s get into it.

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League Two Table - Feb. 18, 2024

Wrexham news and highlights
  • Wrexham snapped a four-match losing streak with a pair of wins this week, moving to third in the EFL League Two table with a game in hand on league-leaders Stockport and Mansfield Town.
  • Saturday’s home match against Notts County featured the highest attendance for a league game at the STōK Cae Ras since March 1980 (Shrewsbury Town).
  • Wrexham AFC Women signed ex-England youth international midfielder Brooke Cairns and Wales Under-17 international midfielder Annie Small.
Feature of the week: Will away performance sink rising Wrexham?

Wrexham’s victory over Sutton United on Tuesday was significant having followed a string of inconsistent away performances over the last several weeks. Before Tuesday’s match, Wrexham hadn’t won on the road since an FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town on Jan. 7 and hadn’t won a League Two match away since defeating Swindon Town on Dec. 26.

Despite manager Phil Parkinson emphasizing the importance of responding to setbacks and fighting for every point, the squad hasn’t looked up to form away from STōK Cae Ras during its 2023-24 campaign, with only 20 points from 15 matches. A subpar showing for a squad currently sitting in third place.

As one of the top-funded clubs in the league, they have Premier League-level resources available to their squad to help prepare for and recover from away matches — including chartered flights and cryochambers, as reported by The Athletic — which have not translated into great success.

The Red Dragons benefit from a weak away schedule remaining this campaign. Of the remaining 15 matches, Wrexham play eight away. However, four of these matches are against teams in the bottom five of the league, while only MK Dons (Feb. 20) and Crewe (Apr. 20) — positioned fifth and fourth, respectively — show signs of being the only potential away challenges. 

While strong road performance is typically part of the recipe for success of any team seeking promotion, Wrexham might be able to ride their stellar home performance (38 points in 16 matches) into League One.

Snapshot: Sutton United 1-2 Wrexham (Feb. 13)

Wet conditions impacted play early on, as the match got off to a sluggish start and featured slim opportunities from both sides, resulting in 45 minutes of scoreless play. With one minute of added time, Wrexham broke the deadlock just before the half thanks to a perfectly placed shot to the bottom corner of the net by center-back Will Boyle.

Three Wrexham subs weren’t enough to slow down pressing Sutton United, who equalized on a free kick in the 76th minute. But the deadlock was short-lived as midfielder Elliot Lee put the Red Dragons back on top in the 85th — a game-deciding goal.

It wasn’t pretty but it was a much-needed three points for Wrexham, who hadn’t won a league match on the road since Dec. 26.

Snapshot: Wrexham 1-0 Notts County (Feb. 17)

Despite early efforts from Notts County, which included a promising attack after only 67 seconds, Wrexham took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute off an acrobatic goal from striker Steven Fletcher. 

Notts County’s David McGoldrick nearly leveled the match with a 70th-minute shot that found the back of the net but was waved off for a handball. Despite late pressure from Notts County, Wrexham held on through seven minutes of added time to clinch the win. 

Phil Parkinson made three changes to the lineup, with notable performances from the squad’s back three.

What’s ahead for Wrexham

Wrexham head back on the road for a three-game away stint with matches against fifth-place MK Dons on Tuesday and 11th-place Gillingham on Saturday.


  1. What is wrexhams connection to Philly?

  2. The Team is owned by megamoviestar Ryan Reynolds and native Philly guy Rob McElhenny, co-creator and star of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The actors have produced two seasons thus far of the soccer documentary “Welcome to Wrexham,” on FX and Hulu. A devoted Eagles fan, McElhenney was partly responsible for bringing Wrexham A.F.C. to Subaru Park last year for a Friendly vs. UnionII.

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