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Which Wrexham players could make an impact off the bench?

11 August 2022

Elliot Lee immediately wrote himself into the Wrexham records books with his match-winning debut on Saturday. But which Red Dragons specialised in turning a game off the bench?

Lee became the first Wrexham debutant to score two goals off the bench, and he also joined a select group of substitutes who have scored two goals in a game for us.


The first player to achieve the feat, Steve Buxton, was renowned for his explosive performances off the bench, and scored more goals as a substitute at The Racecourse than any other player. Oddly, he scored 7 times at home as a replacement, but never managed to do so in an away match.

We got off on the wrong foot with substitutes. They were introduced into the Football League in 1965, and Barrow's Bobby Knox made history by being the first substitute to score a goal in Britain...against Wrexham. His 79th minute strike gave The Bluebirds the lead and they struck again late on to secure a 4-2 win.

We had to wait until February 1966 for the first Wrexham sub to score, when Bobby Park struck in a 4-3 won over Doncaster Rovers.

Buxton might be our most effective substitute at The Racecourse, but as the rules have changed and more in-game changes have been allowed, he has slipped down the overall list of our top scorers from the bench.


Hector Sam tops the list, with Adrian Cieslewicz in second place. John Paskin was a renowned super sub in the early 1990s, while Andy Morrell and Steve Watkin also overtook Buxton to make up the top five.


Sam also tops the list of substiture appearances, ahead of Andy Morrell, Adrian Cieslewicz and Gareth Owen.The current player with the most substitute appearances for Wrexham is Liam McAlinden with 23.


Elliot Lee is the fifth Wrexham substitute to score in the opening game of the season, and the first one to score twice.

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