With My Little Pick and Shovel - A Cardiff City Story

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A very tough month coming up featuring some top sides

FA CUP FIFTH ROUND REPLAY
Wrexham 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
After Extra-Time
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman (Richardson 106) Mateus, Hughes, Noice (Krejci 106), Martinez, Wynne

We made much harder work of this than we ever needed to. We dominated, registering 18 shots, 10 on target and 60% possession but just couldn't find the breakthrough until extra time. Blackburn offered nothing but fouls as they recorded 28 of them

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Manchester United 3-0 Wrexham
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman (Martinez 70), Mateus, Martin (Ward 65), Noice, Walsh, Wynne

We had the chances and dominated possession but just couldn't find the net. United showed their class and buried their chances

FA CUP SIXTH ROUND
Wrexham 3-2 Everton
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman, Mateus (Buchta 67), Martin, Noice, Martinez (Walsh 67), Wynne

We dominated possession again today (66%) but couldn't put Everton away. Fortunately we managed to hold them off well enough to record another FA Cup victory and get into the semis!

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 0-0 Chelsea
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman (Mateus 67), Ward, Martin, Noice, Martinez (Walsh 67), Wynne

A very entertaining game that could have easily been 3-3. Nevertheless it was a no score draw as both keepers went home happy

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 Wrexham
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman, Ward, Martin (Mateus 74), Noice, Martinez (Walsh 74), Wynne

A very solid performance away to a very good Spurs team as we almost grabbed a point. We dominated the ball but just couldn't hang on as their 3 striker formation overpowered us defensively

LEAGUE TABLE
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We have a pretty easy run in now, can we get into Europe?

TOP SCORER: ROB WYNNE (20 GOALS)
 

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APRIL
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An FA Cup semi final and the start of our run in. Excitement!

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 3-2 West Ham United

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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman (Mateus 72), Ward, Martin, Noice, Martinez (Walsh 59), Wynne (Richards 88)

We should have won by more. We dominated play and had numerous chances, converting just three of 19 shots whilst West Ham score their only 2 shots on target. Still, happy to win

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAUGE
Hull City 0-2 Wrexham
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman, Ward (Mateus 66), Martin, Noice, Walsh (Martinez 79), Wynne

Another dominant performance, but this time a comfortable victory as we keep a clean sheet away to Hull and score 2, that means we won, which means we get three points

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 4-2 Southampton
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman, Ward (Mateus 67), Martin, Noice (Roberts 67), Walsh, Wynne

To go 4-0 up before half-time is fantastic. To then only win 4-2 is disappointing.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Rotherham United 0-1 Wrexham

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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman, Ward, Martin, Noice, Martinez, Wynne

Phew! We should have battered already relegated Rotherham but lacked the clinicality of the top teams who banged 8 past the hapless Millers earlier on in the season

FA CUP SEMI FINAL
Wrexham 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Llewelyn, Fishiwck, Rogers, Steer, Foster, Jarman, Mateus, King, Martinez (Richardson 82), Martin, Noice

Tottenham's 3 up front have torn us apart earlier in the season so today I played with 4 at the back and it worked a treat! We completely nullified Tottenham, who only managed to score via a 30 yarder from ex-Bluebird Ashraf Ali. What a result, we'll play Chelsea in the final

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 1-0 Brentford
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman, Ward, Martin, Noice, Martinez, Wynne (Krejci 62)

Wayne Noice scored in the first minute and that, other than the red card, is more or less all that happened

LEAGUE TABLE
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What a month! Added to this is a clean sweep of the monthly awards with Wayne Noice winning Young Player of the Month, Willie King winning Player of the Month, Arron Jarman winning Goal of the Month and yours truly winning Manager of the Month

TOP SCORER: WAYNE NOICE (22 GOALS)
 

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MAY
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Three tough games to end our league season ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Derby County 0-5 Wrexham
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman, Ward (Mateus 79), Martin, Noice, Martinez (Walsh 79), Wynne (Roberts 65)

Wow. An incredible performance at Pride Parkas we smash the Rams 5-0. An own goal got us going before Declan Martin doubled the lead with an excellent individual effort. Tyler Roberts got in on the act with a late brace

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 1-0 Stoke City
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Llewelyn, Rogers, Steer, Foster, King, Jarman, Ward, Martin, Noice (Roberts 65), Martinez (Walsh 65), Wynne

An excellent defensive performance and an okay attacking performance helped us to a 1-0 victory over Stoke as our strikers failed to capitalise on our many chances. 19 shots and just 1 goal isn't good enough

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 0-2 Manchester City

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Llewelyn, Fishwick, Steer, Rogers, Foster, Jarman, Ward (Jones 68), King, Martinez, Martin, Noice (Mountford 68)

Not bad. Academy graduates Marc Jones and Stuart Mountford made their debuts as well

LEAGUE TABLE
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An incredible first Premier League season as we finish 8th! Higher than the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham!

TOP SCORER: ROB WYNNE AND WAYNE NOICE (22 GOALS)
 

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2033 FA CUP FINAL
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CHELSEA v WREXHAM

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An all Premier League affair as Wrexham will be attempting to become only the second Welsh club to win the FA Cup, whilst Chelsea will be hoping to win this competition for the 10th time

LINE UPS
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Chelsea line up with a traditional 4-4-2 while Wrexham go with their 3-4-2-1

KICK-OFF
20th Minute-Mateus, out wide to Martin who holds it up, beats his man, he cuts inside... Saved by Reeves
43rd Minute-Martinez, back to Mateus who brings the ball forward, plays it into the feet of Wynne who turns, plays it round the corner for Noice, he beats his man, hits it... GOAL!!!! 1-0!

44th Minute-Euripedes, infield to Ben Amor, out wide to Nees, pulled back for CAFFREY! Wonderful save from Llewelyn!

HALF-TIME
Chelsea 0-1 Wrexham
Wrexham are on top and deservedly lead

SECOND-HALF
49th minute-Steer heads away the corner, Noice picks it up and powers forward, plays it through for Wynne who hits it! Comfortable save from Reeves
57th Minute-David Millar and Jesus Sanches replace Nabil Ben Amor and Ahmed Benikrane for Chelsea
63rd Minute-Stuart Mountford replaces the injured Willie King for Wrexham, Nikolay Hristov replaces Abilio Neves for Chelsea
65th Minute-Long ball from Chelsea, Hristov latches onto it, infield to Spice.... good save from Llewelyn!
82nd Minute-Wynne, inside to Noice, forward for Martinez who hits it! Great save from Reeves
83rd Minute-Marc Jones replaces Jose Maria Martinez for Wrexham


FULL-TIME
Chelsea 0-1 Wrexham
Wrexham lift the FA Cup, becoming only the second Welsh team to do so!

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2033 CONFEDERATIONS CUP GROUP STAGES
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We travel to China for the 2033 Confederations Cup. I'm really not all that bothered about this

CONFEDERATIONS CUP GROUP B
Wales 0-2 Brazil
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Morris, Giggs, Bellamy, Davies, Lloyd, Grant, Jarman, Parry, Pennock (Walsh 3), Thomas, Giles

They played 4-3-3 which is this system's kryptonite

CONFEDERATIONS CUP GROUP B
New Zealand 2-2 Wales
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Morris, Jones, Giggs, Bellamy, Felgate, Grant, Jarman, Parry (Sellick 62), Walsh, Thomas (Lloyd 62), Giles

65% possession, 31 shots, 2-2. How????

CONFEDERATIONS CUP GROUP B
Japan 0-1 Wales
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Morris, Giggs, Bellamy, Davies, Felgate, Grant, Rogers, Parry, Walsh, Thomas, Wynne

Dale Thomas' 84th minute strike sends us through by the skin of our teeth. We'd have been right in the **** without that red card

LEAGUE TABLE
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Lucky.
 

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2033 CONFEDERATIONS CUP KNOCKOUTS
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England await in the semi final and we need a big performance if we want to win

CONFEDERATIONS CUP SEMI FINAL
England 3-4 Wales
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Morris, Giggs, Rogers, Davies, Bamford, Grant (Felgate 60), Jarman, Sellick, Giles, Lloyd, Wynne

What. A. Game. An epic battle between two old enemies that was a lot more one sided than the scoreline would suggest. We had 61% possession, 27 shots and 18 on target whilst England had just 9 shots with 5 on target, scoring each time they encroached into our half. England seemed to have won it through Gareth Armstrong late on but Rob Wynne and Arron Jarman weren't having any of that, rallying their teammates and smashing us into the final

CONFEDERATIONS CUP FINAL
Wales 2-1 South Africa
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Morris, Llewelyn Hughes, Jones, Bellamy, France, O'Leary (Grant 78), Felgate, Bamford (Lloyd 57), Thomas (Walsh 78), Parry, Feeley

Fitness issues due to the ONE DAY BREAK inbetween the semi final and the final meant we couldn't play the 3-4-2-1. Instead we played our 4-2-3-1 and dominated. In hindsight, we probably should have used this for the whole tournament. Good win, 3 in a row, not bothered

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I AM THE GREATEST
 

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WIZARDS OF OZ
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Wrexham have today announced the signing of three Australian players for a fee of... absolutely nothing!

The first signing announced was the signing of 18 year old Chris Nash, who's joined Wrexham from the Football Federation of Australia's Centre of Excellence (FFA COE for short)

The 18 year old attacking midfielder can play in midfield, on both wings and in the hole behind the striker

He made 24 appearances for FFA COE last season and has 5 Australian Under 20 caps
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The second signing announced was also signed from FFA COE, this player being 18 year old Terry Harding

Harding, a right winger, also made 24 appearances for FFA COE last season and has 6 caps for the Australian Under 20 side

He has been touted as the "Next Australian superstar" in his homeland. By next, we here at the Daily Post assume first
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Lat but not least is Aaron Srhoj, who's been brought in on a free from Melbourne City

Srhoj, 22, is a defensive midfielder and has 27 caps for Australia, making his debut against Albania at the age of 19

Srhoj had spent his entire career up until now playing for Melbourne City in the Hyundai A-League and is said to be eager to impress for Wrexham

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WREXHAM BRING IN TWO FOR FREE
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Wrexham have today announced the arrivals of two players for absolutely nothing

The first signing announced was that of 21 year old Benoit Laurent, who's joined Wrexham on a free from Juventus

The French striker, who has made 16 appearances for France Under 21s and scored 8 goals, has joined following the expiration of his contract with the Old Lady

Laurent has had a varied career, making 168 league appearances and scoring 44 league goals in his 7 year career having turned out for AS Saint-Etienne, Juventus, Bologna, Udinese and Bordeaux
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The second signing announced was that of 23 year old Englishman Ant Wanadio, who's joined Wrexham from Cardiff City

Wanadio, 23, can play at centre back, in defensive midfield and in the centre of the park and has joined after 7 years on the books at Cardiff City

Wanadio was signed by Hawkins for Cardiff, joining the club from Crystal Palace for £3.9m back in 2027 but was never given a chance at the Cardiff City Stadium, making just 4 league appearances for the Bluebirds
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ROBINS SPLASH CASH
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FA Cup holders Wrexham have decided to use their new found reputation to the full, bringing in three players for a total of £35.5m

The first player brought in was Scottish centre back Frazer Murray, who's joined Wrexham from Arsenal for £12m

Murray, 24, has been a long term target of Hawkins', with enquiries being made last summer and January for the Glaswegian

Hawkins has finally got his man, with the Scottish international signing a four year deal with the Robins following 6 years and 2 appearances in North London
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The second player brought in was 26 year old winger Joao Carvalho, who's joined Wrexham from Manchester United for £10.5m

The Portuguese international spent just one season at United after joining from Genoa for £18.5m last summer, making a solitary league appearance for the club

Carvalho, who has 15 caps for Portugal, spent 6 years at hometown club Benfica before joining Genoa for £3.8m in 2030 where he made a good impression before joining the Red Devils in 2032
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Last but not least is the most expensive of the bunch in Rabah Amroune, who's joined the Robins from Anderlecht for £13m

The Algerian striker, 22, has joined Wrexham following two incredible seasons at Anderlecht where he scored 41 goals in 63 league appearances. Winning the Belgian Pro League in both seasons

The French-born Algerian striker has 4 caps for his country and has scored 3 goals for Les Fennecs
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We're back and stronger than ever

COMMUNITY SHIELD
Wrexham 2-4 Manchester City

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Llewelyn, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman, Wanadio (Mateus 80), Carvalho, Noice, Martinez, Wynne (Amroune 55)

They scored every shot on target. Every single one.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Ipswich Town 0-1 Wrexham

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Llewelyn, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman, Wanadio, Carvalho, Noice, Martinez (Walsh 58), Wynne (Amroune 58)

A very dominant performance and a great one from Joao Carvalho bagged us a very nice first day win. I'd have preferred to have scored more though

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 3-1 Southampton

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Llewelyn, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman, Wanadio (Mateus 71), Carvalho (Martin 87), Noice, Martinez (Walsh 57), Amroune

Another very good performance as we dominate possession (66%), have 16 shots and 10 on target

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Brentford 0-2 Wrexham
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Llewelyn, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman, Wanadio (Mateus 71), Carvalho, Noice, Martinez (Walsh 71), Amroune

We defended well, kept the ball and took our chances. It was nice to see Arron Jarman continue his awesomeness and see Amroune score his first Wrexham goal

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 2-0 Leicester City
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Llewelyn, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman, Wanadio, Carvalho (Martin 64), Noice, Martinez, Amroune (Wynne 83)

Another dominant performance, we controlled possession (68%), had 19 shots, 10 shots on target. Thinking it through, we probably should have scored more

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What a start to the season!
 

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SEPTEMBER
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A tough month coming up, one win would be nice

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Stoke City 0-0 Wrexham
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Llewelyn, Steer, Murray, Rogers, Foster, Srhoj, Wanadio, King (Wynne 70), Jarman, Martin, Noice (Amroune 45)

We went with a defensive 4-2-3-1 to limit Stoke and it worked! We sat deep, defended in numbers and defended well and managed to grab a very creditable 0-0

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 2-1 Manchester United

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Llewelyn, Fishwick, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman (Srhoj 54), Wanadio, Carvalho, Martinez (Amroune 66), Noice (Laurent 45)

We deployed a 4-4-1-1 and it worked wonderfully! We played fast football and managed to outplay United, with Benoit Laurent writing his name in Wrexham folklore with a last minute winner

LEAGUE CUP THIRD ROUND
Wrexham 1-0 Leeds United

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Llewelyn, Powell, Rogers, Foster, King (Wynne 64), Jarman, Srhoj, Carvalho (Martin 64), Buchta, Martinez, Amroune

Plenty of chances. Not enough goals.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal 1-0 Wrexham
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Llewelyn, Fishiwck, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman, Wanadio (Martinez 61), Carvalho, Noice, Laurent

A spirited performance but not spirited enough as Andrea Simonato's 61st minute goal sunk our hopes of victory

LEAGUE TABLE
Forgot to take a screenshot, sorry. Were 4th.
 

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OCTOBER
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4 domestic games this month including a League Cup clash at Old Trafford

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Nottingham Forest 0-0 Wrexham

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Llewelyn, Fishwick, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman, Wanadio, Carvalho, Noice (Martinez 56), Amroune (Laurent 51)

A fairly boring start to the month as both sides cancel each other out. Still, a point away from home is nothing to be scoffed at

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 1-0 Liverpool
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Llewelyn, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King (Wynne 71), Mateus (Srhoj 71), Jarman, Carvalho (Martin 82), Noice, Martinez, Amroune

That's better! A dominant display and a very good win at home to Liverpool makes me very happy. Rabah Amroune's goal on the strike of half-time came at the perfect time as it gave us a reward for a dominant first half display and downed Liverpool heads

LEAGUE CUP FOURTH ROUND
Manchester United 7-1 Wrexham

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Pipe, Bloom, Steer, Powell, Foster (Fishwick 80), Karakaya, Mateus, Ward, Martin (Srhoj 80), Walsh, Mountford

I think the team I put out shows how much I cared about this game. United weren't that dominant, possession was roughly the same and they only had a few more shots, they were just clinical, very clinical. Stuart Mountford became the youngest goalscorer in Wrexham's history with his consolation

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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Wrexham 0-0 Watford
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Llewelyn, Murray, Rogers, Foster, King, Jarman, Wanadio (Martinez 56), Martin (Wynne 56), Noice, Walsh, Amroune (Laurent 72)

At least we didn't lose 7-1

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Interesting.
 

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Nice to see the two Welsh teams at the top of the table!

What plans have you got for this save? Or are you just taking Wrexham as far as you can and see what happens?
 

TheLuckDuck

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Nice to see the two Welsh teams at the top of the table!

What plans have you got for this save? Or are you just taking Wrexham as far as you can and see what happens?
It is nice, I have to admit

The plan is to win the Champions League and Premier League with Wrexham. It'll probably take a few years less than it did at Cardiff because this Wrexham team is as good as the Cardiff team I had when I first broke into the Top 4 in around my 5th Premier League season
 
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