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HUMPHREY KER COLUMN | “Part of the real pleasure of the last few games has been seeing the team playing like they are having a good time”

Our Executive Director’s latest column looks at strike partnerships, streaming and documentary hairstyles

15 September 2022

It seems bizarre now to think back to this stage of last season, when goals were hard to come by and the team seemed to fare better away from home and compare it to this season's free-scoring entertainment.

Tuesday night's defeat of Dagenham saw us rack up our 20th goal in the last five games. That is greedy. Very greedy.

Ollie Palmer and Paul Mullin are currently trundling around the National League like a couple of Augustus Gloops, unable to resist the temptation to gobble up delicious goals and smear them all over their hands and faces.

Their partnership reminds me of one of the great striking duos of yesteryear: me and Harry Collins in my School Junior League in the ‘97 season (we only played in the Christmas Term). We too were both vying for the Golden Boot as a little-and-large striking combo, and we too were beloved by the fans - an older fella with dog that nobody seemed to be related to.

My advice to them from the eventual winner of the Golden Boot and Junior League Champion, is to enjoy themsleves. Part of the real pleasure of the last few games has been seeing the team playing like they are having a good time. We are all enjoying their efforts, so it's only right that they should as well.

Today, the National League sits to discuss a number of matters of business, though none more pressing from a Wrexham point of view than the question of streaming of games.

Perhaps, by the time you are reading this, we have already received an update from the National League, but at the time of writing, it remains a great mystery.

Interest in the Club has exploded, particularly overseas and the desire to watch our games is very strong in our new fans. You've only to look at the explosion of interest in the Club's highlights on YouTube for evidence of that.

Our win over Maidstone has been viewed 142,000 times, which looks extremely healthy indeed when juxtaposed with the 8,800 who have so far watched the highlights of our 1-0 home win over Woking from a year ago.

The comments underneath the highlights are invariably filled with people lamenting the fact they can't watch the games live. Knowing my American wife's absolute bewilderment - bordering on resentment - at Soccer Saturday and the surrounding elements of a Saturday unable to watch the game live, like the now-defunct classified scores and listening to the game on the radio, I can well imagine the general bafflement of many of our new fans discovering that they can't just tune in. Suffice to say, we await the National League's decision with interest.

I am pleased the documentary continues to go down so well. I have had lots of messages about my many and various Minor League Baseball caps and also a lot people making fun of my facial hair and truly dreadful haircuts.

This is my main metric for measuring the success of the show. Long may it continue. Southend away on Saturday and a reunion with some old friends. Can't wait.

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