Cup of Glee?
Rochdale & Rangers to help Reds Relinquish Relegation…
Okay, okay. It’s a bold thought but wouldn’t it be nice if we could view Wrexham’s progress in cup competitions as somekind of recovery respite instead of the usual ‘unwanted distraction’ tag? Cup competitions are usually only discounted as a mere distraction when the focus is on getting promoted or, as is the case with us, avoiding the drop.
Sure, we could do with some league momentum after the encouraging win over leaders Bromley but both the FA Cup and Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup staged over consecutive weekends could help breathe life into Wrexham’s dismal season to date. If nothing else it might give us something to cheer about.
Clashes against Rochdale use to be regular and would often be the fixture planner’s Boxing Day gift to both sets of fans.
Overcome a team that could feature former Wrexham midfielder Matt Done (pictured below doing his best Simon Cowell impression) and the Reds would be 90 minutes away from a potentially lucrative third round tie against one of the top two tier teams. Pipe dreams at this stage but a run in a competition we are synonymous with feels overdue.
And let’s face it, a rare foray into giant killing territory would boost the coffers and (hopefully) in turn top up the recruitment budget for what is looking like in increasingly important January transfer window for Dean Keates.
Starting our 2014/15 FA Cup campaign against Macclesfield Town we headed into the game on a five game winless run. After drawing at the Moss Rose we hammered them 5-2 in the replay.
Woking and Maidstone United were despatched before our dreams were ended by Stoke City’s subs bench at the Britannia in the fabled third round. Remember those scenes…
In the league campaigns which followed we succumbed to quite frankly embarrassing qualifying round exits to Gainsborough Trinity, Stamford and Fylde before Newport County gave us a replay rumbling in the first round last season.
As for the Scottish Challenge Cup I was one of many who questioned the validity of our participation in the competition. However, here we are — a Welsh club representing an English league in a Scottish competition playing the young upstarts of one of football’s household names in the last eight. Oh, and it is being held at the 50,817 capacity Ibrox Stadium (main picture).
How many Wrexham fans will travel north of the English border for the game remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, during these lean times backing a side that has been in freefall for three months an opportunity to take on Rangers’ next generation in their own back yard in front of a potentially double-figure attendance is certainly something to relish and enjoy.
Keates will not take the Scottish side lightly and I would imagine his first XI will have a much more experienced look about it compared to those who got past Ayr United and St Mirren’s second string in the earlier rounds.
And surely we’ve expended all of our bad luck on injuries already with Rob Lainton, JJ Hooper and now James Horsfield all keeping physio Phil Davies busy.
So, whilst the league and staying in the bloody thing remains the top priority let’s try and enjoy the incoming solace of six days of silverware-seeking before we resume our slow but steady rise up the table against Yeovil Town at the Cae Ras.