It's time for my last pre-Christmas column of the year, and Santa has done me a few favours by bringing lots of things to talk about this week, which I will be discussing through the medium of my annual naughty and nice list.
I will start, controversially, with my Nice List:
Jake Bickerstaff & Reece Hall-Johnson
Goals from two less regular starters at the Racecourse of late provided a great platform for our 3-1 FA Trophy win over Scunthorpe on Wednesday night. It is always a joy to see players come in and perform after a long absence and both Jake and Reece did just that.
Harry Lennon & Rob Lainton
Two more returning from long lay-offs, this very popular duo returned to full match action for the first time in a very long time. Both have suffered pretty serious injuries in the last year, and the mental fortitude shown to return to the pitch is a testament to both of them.
Phil and the Gang
Wednesday's win was our 14th consecutive Home victory in all competitions this season. A win against Solihull would see us match a club record set in the 1904-5 season. That is incredible and I take my fur-trimmed red velvet hat off to Phil and the Gang for making it happen.
Wrexham County Borough Council
WCBC awarded the Freedom of the County Borough of Wrexham to the Chairmen, on Wednesday, an honour that I know neither take lightly. WCBC have been great partners to the Club since the new regime took over. They have also awarded the same status to the Club itself, which is only right, given the longstanding love affair between Wrexham AFC and the community that supports it.
The Staff and Volunteers at Wrexham AFC
While so much of our focus is on the pitch, I will certainly not be advocating for any coal in the stockings of our wonderful staff and volunteers, who have worked tirelessly this year to support the team, both during the week and on match days. Several hundred thousand fans have come through the turnstiles on matchdays, and it seems just as many have been in the Club shop on a weekly basis and none of it would have been possible without the dedication of the Club's employees.
Now for the Naughty List:
They know what they've done.
Whoever Closed The M62 on Wednesday Night And Didn't Tell Scunthorpe
Very late kickoff for this time of year.
Will not stop razzing me about my bad auditioning technique.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that we all receive the perfect gift of three points on Boxing Day.