2014–15 Wrexham F.C. season

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Wrexham
2014–15 season
Chairman Wrexham Supporters Trust
Manager Kevin Wilkin
Stadium Racecourse Ground
Conference National To Be Determined
FA Cup Enter in 4th Qualifying Round
FA Trophy Enter in 1st Round
Top goalscorer Moult (5)
Highest home attendance 4,068 v Gateshead[1]
Lowest home attendance 2,857 v Welling United[2]
Average home league attendance 3,477[3]

The 2014–15 season is Wrexham's seventh consecutive year in the Conference National since their relegation from the Football League. As they were formed in 1864, this will be Wrexham's 150th year as a football club.[4]

This article will show statistics and list details of all matches played by the club during the season.

Glyndŵr Wrexham Football Academy[edit]

For the 2014-15 season, Wrexham football club, in conjunction with Glyndŵr University created the Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy (GWFA) which aims at overturning the idea that young players are forced to choose between football or higher education at the age of 16. This is with the backing of the Professional Football Association (PFA) and support from the League Football Education (LFE), the initiative will provide them with a unique educational strategy whilst still playing and training within a full time professional football environment.[5] Patrons include former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen, Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, and Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor, who is a product of the Wrexham youth academy.[6]

Kit[edit]

2014/15 away and home jerseys

With it being Wrexham's 150th anniversary as a football club, a commemorative golden badge was unveiled to be used for the 2014-15 season[7] and a special one off kit was announced. The Kit will be made by Nike and Wrexham will be playing in red and black hoops, harking back to their earliest known colours.[8] Glyndŵr University will remain as shirt sponsors for their third full season with the club. AEC Engineering will feature as new 'Back of Shirt Sponsor'.[9] The kit was launched at Eagles Meadow on August 1st, with fans queuing for several hours to get their hands on the Sesquicentennial shirt.[10] 700 shirts were sold on the first day alone.[11]

Season diary[edit]

Pre season[edit]

Wrexham's retained list was announced on the 1st and 2 May, with David Artell, Joe Anyinsah, Stephen Wright, Robert Ogleby, Jay Colbeck and Kyle Parle all released from the club. Dean Keates, Mark Carrington, Theo Baily-Jones, Steve Tomassen and Leon Clowes accepted new deals. Manager Kevin Wilkin made his first signing of the summer on the 28th of May, bringing in defender Blaine Hudson from Cambridge United on a one year deal.[12] On May 29, Gary Mills was named as Wilkin's assistant manager.[13] On June 4, Wrexham unveiled their second signing of the summer, with the capture of Wesley York, from Nuneaton.[14] Goalkeeper Andy Coughlin re-signed a one year contract on June 5.[15] Forward Nick Rushton re-signed with the club on a one year deal on June 12.[16] Midfielder Joe Clarke re-signed with the Reds for a further year on June 26.[17] Striker Louis Moult signed from fellow Conference side Nuneaton Town on June 30[18] linking up with manager Kevin Wilkin once again. On July 12, Wrexham Football Club announced their first intake of players as part of the Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy (GWFA), which will see young players released from clubs, train with the squad hoping to break into the first team, while earning a degree at the University.[19] On July 11, Wrexham announced their fourth signing of the summer, forward Connor Jennings.[20] Wrexham played six pre-season friendlies in July, Winning three matches (Swansea City, Colwyn Bay and AFC Fylde) drawing twice (Hednesford Town and Rhyl) and losing only once, to Everton.

August[edit]

Wrexham's only pre-season game in August was a 0-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers whose squad included Liam Trotter, David Wheater and Robert Hall.[21] Kevin Wilkin's fifth signing came on August 4, with goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann joining on loan, initially, until January 1.[22] Central defender Manny Smith signed a one year deal following his successful trial with the club on August 5.[23] Wrexham started the 2014-15 campaign on August 9, at Dartford, winning 2-1 with a Brace from winger Wes York on his debut for the club.[24] Wrexham's first home game of the season drew a crowd of over 4,000 as they were beaten 0-3 by Gateshead. Wrexham returned to the Racecourse on the following Saturday and beat Nuneaton Town 1-0, thanks to a 4th minute volley from Louis Moult. Wrexham's fourth game brought them a third win, against Alfreton Town, winning 3-2 with goals from Louis Moult, Blaine Hudson and Connor Jennings. The latter two being their first for their new club.[25] Wrexham's final two games of August were played at home, drawing with Macclesfield Town and losing 1-2, to Woking.

September[edit]

On September 1st, Wrexham confirmed that former utility man Johnny Hunt would return on loan until January 1st.[26] Wrexham's winning away form continued with a 1-0 victory at Forest Green Rovers, striker Louis Moult scoring a superb 25-yard free-kick.[27] Wrexham suffered their first away defeat of the season at Bristol Rovers on September 9th, midfielder Andy Monkhouse scoring with a first-half header to secure the win for the hosts.[28] Wrexham bounced back to winning ways with a somewhat fortunate win over Welling United, with two late goals in as many minutes from Louis Moult and Joe Clarke.[29]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Transferred from Fee
29 May 2014 England Blaine Hudson DF England Cambridge United Free
30 June 2014 England Wesley York MF England Nuneaton Town Free
4 June 2014 England Louis Moult FW England Nuneaton Town Undisc.
11 July 2014 England Connor Jennings FW England Scunthorpe United Free
4 August 2014 Austria Daniel Bachmann GK England Stoke City Loan
5 August 2014 England Manny Smith DF England Notts County Free
1 September 2014 England Johnny Hunt DF England Cambridge United Loan

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Transferred to Fee
1 May 2014 Gibraltar David Artell DF Wales Bala Town Free
1 May 2014 England Joe Anyinsah FW England Hayes & Yeading Free
1 May 2014 England Jay Colbeck FW Wales Connah's Quay Nomads Free
1 May 2014 England Kyle Parle DF Wales Connah's Quay Nomads Free
2 May 2014 England Stephen Wright DF Wales Aberystwyth Town Free
2 May 2014 Wales Robert Ogleby FW Scotland Livingston Free
9 June 2014 Republic of Ireland Kevin Thornton MF England Tamworth Free
11 June 2014 England Johnny Hunt DF England Cambridge United Undisc.

Squad & Statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

Last updated on 16 September 2014
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup FA Trophy Playoffs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Andy Coughlin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2 DF England Mark Carrington 7(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7(1) 0 0 1
3 DF England Neil Ashton 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 1 0
4 DF England Manny Smith 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
5 DF England Blaine Hudson 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 1 0
6 MF England Joe Clarke 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 1 0
7 MF England Elliott Durrell 8(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8(2) 0 0 0
8 MF England Jay Harris 6(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6(1) 0 1 0
9 FW England Louis Moult 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 5 3 0
10 FW England Andy Bishop 0(6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(6) 0 0 0
11 MF England Theo Bailey-Jones 0(6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(6) 0 0 0
12 MF England Dean Keates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 GK Austria Daniel Bachmann 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
14 DF England Steve Tomassen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF Wales Robbie Evans 4(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4(1) 1 1 0
16 MF England Wes York 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 1 0
17 MF Wales Ross Weaver 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 DF Wales Ross White 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
19 FW Wales Nick Rushton 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
20 GK Wales Louis Gray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF Wales Jonathan Royle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 FW England Connor Jennings 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 4 0
25 DF England Anthony Stephens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Non playing staff[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Kevin Wilkin Manager
England Gary Mills Assistant Manager
England Michael Oakes Goalkeeping Coach
Wales Joey Jones Reserve Team Manager
Wales David Spendiff Head Physio
Wales Andy Davies Head Of Youth Development
Wales Lee Jones Academy Manager

Club officials[edit]

Name Role
England Dixie McNeil Club President
Scotland Don Bircham Chief Executive
Wales Barry Horne Head Of Football Operations
Wales Spencer Harris Director
Wales Mark Williams Director
Wales Alan Watkin Director
Wales John Mills Director
England Steven Cook Commercial Manager
Wales Geraint Parry Club Secretary

Matches[edit]

      Won       Drawn       Lost

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Football Conference Premier[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014–15 FA Cup

FA Trophy[edit]

Main article: 2014–15 FA Trophy

League Table[edit]

Conference Premier[edit]


Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Barnet 10 7 1 2 23 6 +17 22 Promotion to 2015–16 Football League Two
2 Torquay United 10 6 3 1 17 5 +12 21 Qualification to Conference Premier play-offs
3 Woking 10 6 3 1 18 7 +11 21
4 F.C. Halifax Town 10 6 2 2 17 9 +8 20
5 Gateshead 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
6 Wrexham 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19
7 Braintree Town 10 6 0 4 18 10 +8 18
8 Kidderminster Harriers 10 5 3 2 13 6 +7 18
9 Macclesfield Town 10 4 5 1 11 7 +4 17
10 Bristol Rovers 10 5 2 3 12 11 +1 17
11 Eastleigh 10 4 4 2 19 15 +4 16
12 Forest Green Rovers 10 4 4 2 12 8 +4 16
13 Grimsby Town 10 3 4 3 20 10 +10 13
14 Lincoln City 10 4 1 5 17 19 −2 13
15 Aldershot Town 10 3 3 4 11 12 −1 12
16 Chester 10 3 1 6 10 18 −8 10
17 Dartford 10 2 3 5 9 15 −6 9
18 Welling United 10 2 3 5 9 17 −8 9
19 Altrincham 10 2 2 6 12 20 −8 8
20 Southport 10 2 2 6 8 16 −8 8
21 Nuneaton Town 10 2 2 6 5 18 −13 8 Relegation to 2015–16 Conference North/South
22 Dover Athletic 10 2 1 7 9 20 −11 7
23 Alfreton Town 10 2 1 7 10 25 −15 7
24 A.F.C. Telford United 10 0 3 7 13 25 −12 3

Updated to games played on 16 September 2014.
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2  
5  
 
 
3  
4  

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19 2 1 2 6 8 −2 4 0 1 7 4 +3

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H H A H H A A H A
Result W L W W D L W L W W
Position 6 13 9 5 7 11 7 10 7 6

Last updated: 13 September 2014.
Source: [30]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

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