Mansfield (h) Preview & WST Club Purchase

September 26, 2011 by  

Wrexham vs Mansfield- September 27th, 7:45pm K.O



Around 5:00pm this evening, a joint WST and WFC statement was released, claiming the sale of Wrexham FC to the trust had been completed. On an historic day for the club, we take a quick look at the recent events and preview the upcoming game against the Stags.

So after a topsy turvey week that saw us lose manager Dean Saunders to Doncaster, it seems the WST have finally completed the purchase of the club. In that time we also installed Andy Morrell as caretaker boss, who led the side to his first victory in a 3-1 away win at Grimsby. Hopefully he has the backing of the dressing room and can carry that result into a run of form, starting with Mansfield tomorrow.

But I’m sure you’ll all agree that the thing on everyones mind will be the terrific news that we finally own the club. As a WST member I’m absolutely ecstatic, and the prospect of putting all the nonsense and pettiness of the last few years behind us is relieving. There’s not a lot that I can say that hasn’t been said on the forums, so I won’t dwell on it too much. For now though, lets all enjoy the feeling that we now own our club, before the hard work kicks in. How often can you say that a fan owned Wrexham side is sitting at the top of the league? Well from now on, hopefully its a lot!

Its important that from now on that we fill the ground as much as possible every game and I can’t think of a better time to start than tomorrow. It should be a great party atmosphere and everyone needs to get there dressed in as much red as possible!

Prediction and Attendance

Mansfield are a good side who have started the season well,  but will be looking to get past their 3-0 defeat at home to Kidderminster. With 11 goals between Green and Briscoe so far this season, they have a strikeforce who can score goals so we’ll need to be wary of them.

If we can dominate the game in midfield there’s not a team who can beat us easily in this league, and that will be the key tomorrow against a strong side. Luckily, if we can’t get that to work we have Danny Wright back from suspension, who has been sorely missed. The great thing about Danny, from the early games it seems, is that he fits both our long ball and short ball tactics. Hard working, pretty good with his feet and can hold the ball very well. If it we can get a foot hold in the middle of the park, lumping it up to him has been working as a plan B.

The attendance should be pretty high on the back of the feel good factor, and with an ok away following we should see 4,500+. I’m going to predict 4,612!

Likely Starting XI



Obeng —– Knight-Percival ————- Creighton—– Ashton



Fowler ——————— Harris


Cieslewicz ————————————————— Speight



If Morrell doesn’t start himself it seems as if Cheesy and Pogba will be battling for that 3rd striker position. As Pogba and Wright are similar players, I’m going to stick my neck out and say Cheesy will get his chance. I’d be quite happy to see either player take that place though, especially after Pogba got a goal at the weekend.

I’d also expect to see Obeng come back after suspension, he’s been integral to our good form this season and for me he has to play.


Mansfield Stats

Our Last Game (at home): Wrexham 1 – 1 Mansfield, 27th November 2010

Our Last Game (away): Mansfield 2 – 3 Wrexham, 29th January 2011

Current Position: 8th

Last Game: Mansfield 0 – 3 Kidderminster

Recent Form (6 Games): WWWWDL

Top Scorer: Green (7)

Last Loss: Mansfield 0 – 3 Kidderminster, 24th September

Last Starting XI: Marriott, O’Neill, Futcher, Sutton, Kendrick, Briscoe, Murray, Howell, Meikle, Green, Dyer


And most importantly….

Let’s all get ourselves to the Racecourse and show our support tomorrow, not just for Andy Morrell’s home debut as manager, but for the future of our beloved Wrexham AFC


We own our club, get in!! Come on the town!!