Racecourse News Roundup
Hannon forced to quit football
(Picture taken from the Evening Leader)
As reported at The Shropshire Reds recent Forum night, the Evening Leader reports this week that Robins defender Kevin Hannon has been advised by a specialist to quit the game after breaking his leg last year in a friendly match against an Icelandic touring side.
In the story "Kev gives up game" The Leader reports that 21-year-old Hannon is set to sue the player concerned, and quotes the promising Liverpudlian left-back as saying: "I'm devastated. I was hoping to make a comeback, but I've had all sorts of problems with my ankle. I saw a doctor at Christmas and he told me I would have to retire from professional football at the end of the season. I've since been in touch with the Professional Footballersí Association and I'm planning to sue the Icelandic player who, I feel, is responsible for this. It was during a friendly match against an Icelandic team. They were going to be like a feeder team for Wrexham and we had a game against them at Colliers Park. Towards the end the game started to boil over a bit and I got on the receiving end of one tackle. It broke my fibula and dislocated my ankle. Then there were more problems and I had to have it re-broken because it was still out of place. Iíve also had like a back-support and Iím due to have that off today - but Iíve then got to go back into plaster. Itís been a nightmare period for me, but I never gave up hope of playing again. I did all I could and so did the club to help me. I was hoping to get my contract renewed this summer, but obviously I havenít played for over a year and that's not in my favour. I went to hospital again and they put a camera in my ankle and Iíve now been told I need an operation in two weeksí time".
The Leader also quotes Wrexham physio Mel Pejic as saying: "Kevinís had no luck at all. Heís just had another operation on his ankle and he's now looking to take early retirement from the professional game. Itís sad for a lad so young".
While manager Brian Flynn is quoted as saying: "We're desperately sorry for Kevin. Heís genuinely a smashing lad and we had high hopes for him. His future was developing nicely until the incident happened and we're now doing our utmost to help him".
Bid for Jemson rubbished
(Picture taken from Shrewsbury Town's official web site)
Leader reports that Wrexham have this week rubbished speculation linking them with
a Bosman-ruling swoop for Shrewsbury Town striker Nigel Jemson.
In the story "Kicked into touch" The Leader reports that Hutton-born Jemson, who will be 32 in August, was top scorer at Gay Meadow last season with 15 goals and is now out of contract.
However, according to Shrewsbury Town's official web site in the official press release "Players released", Jemson has in fact been offered a new contract as the Shropshire club is keen to hang on to the experienced marksman.
The press release, dated 5th May, states that the following eight players have been released by Shrews boss Kevin Ratcliffe: Paul Edwards, Wayne Thomas, Dean Peer, Ross Davidson, Gareth Hanmer, Mickey Brown, Paul Howarth and Matthew Jones.
It also states that the following players have been offered new contracts: Steve Jagielka, Leon Drysdale, Luke Rodgers, Peter Wilding and Nigel Jemson.
Furthermore, The Leader quotes Wrexham assistant-boss Kevin Reeves as saying: ďI donít know where that's come from. There's nothing in it whatsoever. He's 31 - and apart from that we're certainly okay up front with the players already here. We're keen to strengthen the squad. We just feel we're two or three players short of being genuine contenders for a play-off place or promotion".
Squad to face Barry announced
Wrexham boss Brian Flynn has named a 17-man squad for tonight's FAW Premier Cup semi-final second-leg game against Barry Town.
Wrexham (from): Dearden, Rogers, McGregor Roche, Hardy, Carey, Lawrence, Ferguson, Williams, Russell, Edwards, Thomas, Gibson, Faulconbridge, Trundle, Morrell, Sam.
Young 'keeper David Walsh is omitted due to the leg injury he picked up at Bristol Rovers last weekend, while midfielder Darren Ferguson will play despite is heel problem. There's no place for central defender Dave Ridler.
Wrexham are offering free admission to children for tonight's game, while adults will be charged just £5.00. (Only the Sainsbury's Stand will be open).
Goalie on trial
The Robins News news service reports this week that Wrexham have taken goalkeeper Gerard McGuigan on trial from Cymru Alliance side Llangefni.
McGuigan is a former Arsenal trainee, and despite being born in Northern Ireland, was brought up in Caernarfon and is a fluent Welsh speaker.