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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Southend United

Despite their off-field problems, our friends from Essex remain on the cusp of the play-offs as fans and staff unite.

10 March 2023

Despite the inclement weather, this is a game which everybody is desperate to get played.

Wrexham are naturally eager to avoid another postponement, having finally ended a seemingly interminably sequence of midweek matches. Phil Parkinson will want an opportunity to maintain the spectacular form his side showed last Tuesday too.

The 4-0 win at Dagenham, a venue which has been particularly unpleasant for us over the last two seasons, could be reasonably considered the best league performance of a stellar season. Ollie Palmer's two goals were supplemented by Jordan Tunnicliffe and Jacob Mendy in a dominant display which features a number of terrific individual performances. There were no obvious injuries coming out of the game, and Callum McFadzean returned to the pitch after a spell on the sidelines. Parkinson was even allowed the rare luxuries of giving skipper Luke Young a break and allowed Paul Mullin to put his feet up for the last 20 minutes.

Southend, meanwhile, will be eager to avoid a fixture backlog as nobody has played fewer games than them in the division. Their off-field problems this season have been well documented, and it's a remarkable tribute to players, staff and fans that they've been able to focus on the pitch once match day come around. They've somehow defied the odds to mount a serious play-off challenge - they currently lie in 8th place, but victory in their games in hand could propel them as high as 5th.

The Shrimpers have suffered a little wobble in form of late though, and Tuesday's home defeat to Chesterfield saw them slip out of the play-off places for the first time since October 25th. Their run-in doesn't look too threatening in terms of the league positions of their opponents, although only 4 of their remaining 12 games are at home, so it's imperative they start to build up a good head of steam as soon as possible.

Manager Kevin Maher has done a superb job, but is currently restricted by a transfer embargo which was initially imposed when HMRC filed a winding-up. That was finally settled at the start of this month, but the ban on signings remains as there remain other debtors who need to be satisfied.

It makes life difficult for Maher, who admitted to the Southend Echo: “I’ve got to plan with what we’ve got: if that changes then great.”

“The closer it gets to deadline day the pool we have to look at gets smaller. We’ve got players coming back from injuries and we’re working with what we’ve got. We’ll do the best we can and there’s a great team spirit in there and great players too. They want to the best the club and we’ll do our best.”

“It’s very tough but it’s been that way for a while. All the teams are trying to strengthen at the minute and we haven’t done that.”

“When we’ve got our full team out, we’re a handful for anyone"

-Kevin Maher, Southend United manager

With no draws since New Years Day, Southend's 2023 results have a rather binary look. Ther all-or-nothing sequence has seen them win 7 and lose 5, but 3 of those defeats came in their last 4 games. At least some of their inuured players returned on Tuesday: goalkeeper Steve Arnold was back after being absent since picking up an injury in August, and Harry Cardwell scored in his first game in three weeks.

Cardwell's season has been ruined by injuries, but his 6 goals this season came in his last 7 games, suggesting he'd be able to make a real impact with a bit of continuity.

His partnership with ex-Wrexham forward, Callum Powell, certainly has potential, as the Southend Echo explaining in an entertaining piece on their background last week. They revealed that both forwards were junior athletes, and as teenagers they each ran the 100 metres in under 11 seconds!

“One of our strongest attributes is our pace. We look to get down the sides of teams and on the defensive side the pressing side of things is good as well. We put a lot of teams under pressure….”

“I was sprinting from when I was 14 to 16. I ran for my county Humberside and competed in the English National levels in the 4x100m relay. We came sixth or seventh in the country which was pretty decent. But I got told I had to make a choice between football and sprinting so I chose football because it’s more interesting than running in a straight line!”

“On a personal note I was happy to get back out there and it was good to get on the score-sheet but it’s the result that matters. To come away with nothing was unfortunate and in the second half we came out of the blocks quite well.

“After their second goal went in we reacted well and had a lot of pressure on them but we weren’t our normal selves in the first half.

“It’s been a stop start season for myself and I want to get as many minutes as possible before it ends. I want to contribute in any way I can to help the team get more points.

“It’s been quite difficult for myself and I feel like I’ve been playing catch up since the start after missing pre-season, but hopefully I can kick on from Tuesday night and carry on.”

[Wrexham] are a good side and they’re going well. It’s a tough test for us but it’s one we’ll be more than ready for. We’ll attack our game plan and do the best we can to get a result.

-Harry Cardwell, Southend striker

“We’re focused on securing our play-off place and we’re in with a good chance of getting that. We’re still in and around it and we’ve got two games in hand on some of the sides above us.”

Callum Powell

Powell returns to the Racecourse having made 26 appearances for us in the 2016-17 season, with 19 coming from the bench, and scoring his 2 goals at Maidstone United.

“Wrexham are a massive club: with the takeover they’ve had they’re a real force in this league and would be in the league above as well.

“We know what we’re up against and the challenge in hand but we’ve got to do all we can to get a result.”

“It’s a different club now in terms of the facilities they’ve got there and the team and squad. The fanbase was always superb though and they’ve always been well supported. In terms of that it’s quite similar but with the backing they’ve got now they’re a real force to be reckoned with.”

“I’ve watched [“Welcome to Wrexham”] with Noor Husin, it’s quite interesting and a real eye opener! It’s a tight-knit group there but I think the fans deserve it and they’re a great team this season.”


17/9/2022 Southend United 0 Wrexham 0

Southend C Andeng-Ndi, N Ralph, K Lopata, O Kensdale, G Scott-Morriss, S Hobson, M Dackers, C Miley, N Husin (C Wreh, 76), J Hyde (W Fonguck, 76), D Mooney (J Bridge, 89)

Subs not used: C Powell, J Demetriou

Wrexham M Howard, A Hayden, J Davies, B Tozer, M Cleworth, J Jones (E Lee, 68), A Forde, L Young, J Mendy, P Mullin, O Palmer

Subs not used: R Watson, S Dalby, J Tunnicliffe, C McFadzean

Referee: Alan Dale Attendance: 6266



We’ve faced The Shrimpers three times since they dropped into the National League, and each match has been a tight affair. We’ve drawn twice at Roots Hall, and when we met at The Racecourse last April it took an Ollie Palmer goal just after the break to separate the sides.

We’ve tended to do well at home to Southend, winning 12 and losing 2 of our 21 previous clashes. Overall, we’ve had the upper hand over them recently, losing just one of our last 13 encounters.

Our most recent home loss against United came in 1984, when they came through for a 2-1 win despite an equaliser by Paul Comstive, as Billy Killock got a last minute winner.

Our biggest win over United was a 5-1 triumph in October 1873. Brian Tinnion scored two, an own goal increased our advantage and second half strikes from Dave Smallman and Arfon Griffiths, who scored from the spot, completed the rout.

We also enjoyed a 4-0 win in April 1987 which illustrated the value of patience: the game was goalless 11 minutes into the second haf, but the fllodgates then opened with Steve Charles and Jim Steel each scoring two in a crazy 14-minute spell! Sadly, only 935 fans witnessed the match, played on a Thursday night as we battled against fixture congestion. Not only is that the smallest attendance for a game between these two sides, but it's also the 3rd-lowest crowd to watch a Football League game at The Racecourse.


imagez73oj.pngPhil Parkinson's 100th game as Wrexham manager.

blobid0.pngPaul Mullin's 75th Wrexham league game.

imageqc3db.pngSam Dalby's 125th career appearance.


Max Cleworth’s 50th league game for Wrexham.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 1-0 Southend United

Wrexham edged a tight game at the Racecourse Ground

11 March 2023

A game of few chances saw Steve Arnold’s own goal gift Wrexham the three points against Southend United.

The efforts of the groundstaff and multiple people at Wrexham, meant that the pitch would be playable for this fixture, but this didn’t make conditions any easier for the 22 players on the pitch. 

Phil Parkinson named an unchanged squad for his 100th game in charge of Wrexham AFC, after the impressive display away to Dagenham & Redbridge last Tuesday.

After a slow opening twenty minutes, Ollie Palmer would have the first chance of the game in the 23rd minute. His downward header from Elliot Lee’s free-kick was saved by a diving Arnold in net.  

Injuries to Jordan Tunnicliffe and Rob Lainton created multiple stoppages in the half, which added to the stop-start nature of the game. Both fought through and would play the full 90 minutes of the affair.

However, the goal did come for Wrexham and fortuitously at that.  

Ben Tozer’s cross from the left-wing was about to land into the mitts of Arnold, but under pressure from Paul Mullin, he dropped the ball sideways into his own net. Mullin’s arm did make contact with Arnold’s, but the referee deemed the goal legitimate in the 38th minute. 

Just minutes later, Eoghan O’Connell would have a glorious chance at the back-post to double the lead. Tozer’s long throw from the right-wing made it through a whole host of bodies, right onto the foot of O’Connell, but Arnold swept across the goal to deflect the ball onto the post, preventing the goal. 

Half time was called and the Red Dragons would take the lead into the break, courtesy of Steve Arnold. 

Just a couple of minutes after the restart, Lee would pounce on a loose ball and run at the Southend United defence. Laying the ball off to Mullin, the striker then took a touch and tried to curl the ball past Arnold, but the goalkeeper easily pushed it away from danger.  

A deep corner in the 76th minute found Mullin at the far post completely unmarked. Although reminiscent of his goal at Maidenhead, the ball flew over the bar on this occasion.

Expecting a barrage to come in the final 15 minutes, Wrexham controlled the game magnificently, preventing the Shrimpers from having a genuine chance on goal.

Full time was called and Wrexham would move onto 91 points for the season. A game that was a real battle and a game where Wrexham claimed all three points! 

Wrexham AFC: (5-3-2): Wrexham Starting XI: Lainton (GK), Barnett, O'Connell, Tozer (C), Tunnicliffe, Mendy, J.Jones, Cannon (J.Davies 68’), Lee (McFadzean 85’), Palmer (Dalby 72’), Mullin. 

Subs not used: Howard (GK), Cleworth 

Southend United: Arnold, Scott Morriss, Ralph (C), Hobson, Kensdale, Bridge, Husin, Mooney (Fonguck 67’), Miley, Wrey (Murphy 67’), Cardwell (Powell 82’) 

Subs not used: Lomas, Taylor 

Attendance: 9,770 (A 726) 

Wrexham Bookings: None 

Southend United Bookings: Miley 22’ (foul), Kensdale 39’ (dissent) 

Man of the Match: Jordan Tunnicliffe 



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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Southend United (H) on sale to members from Monday February 20

Home league game on sale this week

16 February 2023

Tickets for our home game against Southend United on Saturday March 11 will go on sale to members from 10am on Monday (February 20).

The match will take place at the Racecourse Ground with a 3pm kick-off.

Members can purchase one ticket per account, and the members priority window will remain open until 10am on Monday March 6, when any remaining tickets will go on general sale.

Tickets can be bought in store or via our eTicketing website, at the below prices – supporters are reminded that online purchases are charged at a lower price to in-person purchases.

For instructions on how to ensure you have activated your eTicketing account and have the correct privileges attached, please see these instructions.

Tickets can be purchased as eTickets/print-at-home or as paper tickets. As ever, the Club would encourage supporters to use the eTicket/print-at-home option wherever possible.



Macron Stand & Wrexham Lager Stand

University End




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Macron Stand & Wrexham Lager Stand

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Under 11



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