Wrexham AFC

Wrexham Weekly: Going up

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.

Now, let’s get into it.

As the final whistle blew at the Racecourse on Saturday, something that seemed improbable just over a year ago was cemented — the Red Dragons had secured their spot in League One. 

The tactical debates, the frustrations on the road, and the February wobble that felt like the beginning of a late-season collapse melted away with a 6-0 blowout of Forest Green and losses by MK Dons and Barrow. The results mean Wrexham will avoid a promotion playoff and sit comfortably in the automatic promotion range in the table’s top three.

The long road back

Wrexham last competed in League One during the 2004-05 season, finishing 22nd (of 24) and beginning a downward spell that saw the team fall to non-league play in 2007-08. The team spent 15 years in the National League before achieving promotion in 2022-23. 

An influx of cash and support from Philadelphia’s own Rob McElhenney and business partner Ryan Reynolds certainly helped spur the team to back-to-back promotions but, as seen with state-owned clubs Newcastle and PSG (at the European level), funds don’t always equate to wins.

The team added to its revenue stream with summer matches in the U.S. and a growing fan base among Americans. 

But they never forgot where they came from. 

Fans at the Racecourse were treated to a league-leading 51 points out of a possible 66 and a +36 goal differential. The pure domination at home helped the Red Dragons stay in the hunt for automatic promotion even during a weak February spell that saw the team take only eight points from seven matches. 

Building (and maintaining) a winning squad

Wrexham’s ability to retain and sign key players highlights its increasing attractiveness as a destination for talent. Despite tempting offers, Paul Mullin and Elliot Lee chose to commit to the club for the long term and the retention of vital contributors like Ollie Palmer and Andy Cannon showcases the club’s capacity to maintain continuity and build on past successes.

Recognizing the necessity for more veteran experience, manager Phil Parkinson secured the services of seasoned campaigners James McClean and Steven Fletcher. Their addition not only strengthened the squad but also elevated the overall work ethic and performance levels within the team. 

Furthermore, the acquisition of promising young talent such as Arthur Okonkwo underscores the club’s strategic approach to squad development, striking a balance between immediate requirements and long-term objectives.

What’s next for Wrexham?

After a much-deserved celebration, the Red Dragons still have matches remaining against Crewe Alexandra and Stockport. While a title is likely out of reach — with league-leaders Stockport four points ahead and a game in hand — the team will take solace in knowing that they won’t have to compete in the four-team playoff to secure a promotion. 

The squad will once again square off on U.S. soil for a friendly against Chelsea on July 24, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.


  1. Whoops Hoo !!!
    Go you Reds ! ⚽️

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