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In Opposition: Wrexham

2 August 2017

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Wrexham play their games at The Racecourse Ground

Our summer study of Pools' opponents in 2017/18 concludes with a trip to the Racecourse Ground in North Wales.

Formed: 1864
The Dragons

Who’s in charge?
Former Wrexham captain Dean Keates became the club’s new Manager in October when he was chosen as successor to Gary Mills at the Racecourse Ground.

Keates was a winner as a player, a midfielder who won promotion no fewer than six times during a career which saw him represent Walsall, Hull City City, Kidderminster, Lincoln and Wycombe.

In 2010 he moved to Wrexham where he spent five years as skipper so his return to the management post was one which proved popular with supporters.

How did they get on last season?
Wrexham finished in the middle ground of the National League last term, being one of four teams to end the campaign with 58 points from their 46 games.

A good spell through Christmas and in to the New Year had fans hoping for a tilt at the play-off spots but just one win from their final ten games put paid to their chances and they finished 13th.

However, Dean Keates has been able to re-shape his squad during the summer and there will be renewed optimism in North Wales that the club can challenge for a place back in the EFL.

Having slipped in to the National League in 2008 they have toiled in their bid for a return, agonisingly missing out in 2012 despite amassing some 98 points.

With some impressive new signings added to the group, Keates will hope his side can have a bigger say in the top half of the division in the coming season.

When did we last meet?
You have to go back to the 2006/07 season for the last time Pools and Wrexham shared a division – the year that Danny Wilson led the Club to promotion back to League One.

Pools ran out 3-0 winners at The Vic in September 2006 thanks to a hat-trick from Jon Daly before picking up a useful point at The Racecouse Ground with Richard Barker on target in a 1-1 draw in January 2007.

Where do they play?
The Racecourse Ground is the largest stadium in North Wales, boasting a capacity of 10,771. It’s been home to Wrexham since their inception in 1864 having actually opened back in 1807.

When do we play them?
Pools will make the trip to face Wrexham on Tuesday 12th September before welcoming the Welsh outfit back to Victoria Park on Saturday 20th January 2018.

Inside View
We ask Mark Carruthers of to give us his thoughts on what we can expect from Wrexham during 2017/18…

“Few National League clubs have had a more impressive summer in the transfer market than Wrexham.

“And that is why they are rightly being tipped as play-off contenders this season.

“The additions of the likes of Kevin Roberts, Sam Wedgbury, Shaun Pearson and Chris Holroyd have improved the squad and the returning Manny Smith will help bolster Dean Keates’ defence.

“The loan signing of Akil Wright brings versatility and Scott Boden is a striker that will give any defence issues this season.

“Keates will go into the season feeling he has the tools to ensure the club are fighting at the right end of the table in his first full season in charge.

“Looking at their squad, they have players with experience of play-off challenges and title battles.

“The latter may be a step too far, but I certainly agree with those tipping Wrexham as challengers for a top seven spot.”

How Do You Get There?
Postcode: LL11 2AH

By Road: Take the A483 towards Wrexham. Leave the A483 at the junction of the A541 Mold Road. The ground is about 300 yards from the junction towards the town centre.

By Train: The railway station is situated right next to the ground.

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