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Victory at Oldham, defeat at Notts County, and more from behind the scenes

6 October 2022

It has been a week in which we have seen the men's first team burnish their credentials as a very good side, coming from behind to score two late goals and win against a stolid Oldham team, and then receive a reminder from Notts County that this league title tilt will not all be plain sailing.

A first trip to Boundary Park in many a year provided us with a testing encounter as a revitalised Oldham harried and pressed us with wild abandon from the first few seconds, ultimately creating a half-chance for former Wrexham striker Mike Fondop, who leathered and absolute belter into the bottom left-hand corner of Mark Howard's goal from the edge of the area.

I have been privy to an angle from directly behind Mr Fondop and I don't think he could have struck it more sweetly or positioned it more perfectly. I don't know whether former players use games against their old clubs to exorcise any demons from their time there, but if so, that goal must have made up for every time some old lady got to the last packet of HobNobs just before him in the Sainsburys on the Plas Coch road, or he got cut off at the roundabout over by Eagles Meadow, or whatever outstanding beef he may have had with Wrexham.

Ultimately, his goal was to count for naught, as Oldham started to tire before Ben Tozer, doing his best impression of a 30-goal-a-season striker netted a beautifully-taken equaliser, and Paul Mullin did what Paul Mullin does and slotted home a 96th-minute penalty to send us home with all three points.

The trip to Notts County was less fruitful, as the boys fell to a one-nil defeat, marred by controversy, as, after a tough opening twenty minutes in which Notts County repeatedly cut us open and took the lead, we in turn created an absolute hatful of chances and, controversially failed to controversially score any of the blinking things.

Losing at Notts County to relinquish first place at the top of the table is never ideal, but the performance of the second-half away at one of our main title rivals was encouraging. On another day, I could see us quite comfortably winning, albeit we must recognise that, probably, whatever equivalent posh wally County have in their boardroom could probably be saying the same for them. Such is football. We will very much be going again against Barnet.

The documentary continues to win new viewers and fans over to the cause, and I am getting stopped all the time at the moment, usually walking the dog, here in Los Angeles. A great many of the folk that stop me tell me how they have avoided checking last season's results so they don't know how the season ends, at which point, I usually stifle a small sob and stalk off dragging Hilda - the dog- behind me.

People also ask me why we showed some parts and why we left out others, etc, to which I am forced to reply that I don't personally have much say in the contents of the documentary as evidenced by the excruciating footage of me auditioning to be in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, that made its way into episode 14. 

Behind the scenes, much work is going into the continued preparations for the Kop Development, as planning applications are considered, demolition tenders are considered and we wait with bated breath for the outcome of the Levelling Up Fund bid to be announced.

At the moment much thought is going into the layout of the interior of the stand, so as to maximise the benefit to the Club. Most of the Club's operations will move over to the new stand, permitting renovation and restructuring of the Wrexham Lager Stand to, among other things, increase efficiency and improve the concourse areas for fans.

We are aware of many of the challenges faced by fans, trying to get refreshments in the ground, especially in the Wrexham Lager Stand, and the new stand should help us alleviate some of those challenges.

This is a long one. Bring on Barnet!

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