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#WXMANORAK | Fast Starts

Wrexham have got off to a great start, but how does it compare?

29 September 2022

Feature

#WXMANORAK | Fast Starts

Wrexham have got off to a great start, but how does it compare?

29 September 2022

We've got off to a great start - with ten games played let's see how it compares to previous years.

Let's start with the usual warning: Wrexham's long history means our club records have to be handled with care. The quality of opposition in the years before we joined the Football League in 1921 was variable, and it's difficult to judge how they compare with modern achievements.

Having said that, they are definitely still club records, even if there were seasons when getting results and scoring goals were easier than they became when we joined the football pyramid and were pitched against teams of a similar, more consistent quality.

To help bear this in mind, pre-EFL seasons are marked in red. Also, all points totals have been converted to award three points for a win to allow a fair comparison.

So most importantly, how do our 23 points compare with previous seasons? Very well, as it turns out. We haven't got off to such a fast start since 1928, when we managed one point more. It's the seventh best points total we've achieved in our history after ten games, and second-best since 1921.

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When it comes to our goal difference, things get even more impressive. Our +21 balance is the best we've achieved since joining the EFL, and the fourth best overall. We've only done better once since the turn of the 20th Century!

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That goal difference is bolstered by our prolific form going forwards. We've only scored more goals at this stage of the season once since joining the EFL, and that came in 1930 when legendary goalscorer Tommy Bamford was in his pomp.

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While our defensive numbers aren't quite so spectacular, they are the sixth best since 1921, and ninth best overall.

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There are individual achievements to consider too. Ollie Palmer and Paul Mullin have got off to a terrific start, of course, and their combined 15 goals have rarely been beaten.

Our top two scorers after ten games have only bettered Palmer and Mullin's total three times since we joined the Football League, and six times in total.

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Mullin's spectacular start to the season has only been beaten by Bamford, Albert Mays, Andy Morrell and Gary Bennett since 1921, while Palmer stands 12th in that list.

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