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MATCH PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs MK Dons

The Red Dragons face MK Dons in EFL return

4 August 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs MK Dons

The Red Dragons face MK Dons in EFL return

4 August 2023

Tomorrow is set to be an historic day for the Club, as we return to the EFL for the first time in 15 years, for our first league match of the season at the STōK Cae Ras.

Ahead of the match, we take a look at everything you need to know about our opponents, MK Dons, below.

The visitors: MK Dons

It’s a chance for a fresh start for the visitors this season, after they suffered relegation to Sky Bet League Two on the final day of the 2022/23 season – with a 0-0 draw against Burton Albion not able to save them from the drop.

The Dons have seen many new arrivals come through the door at Stadium:MK, with several experienced faces arriving to bolster their squad ahead of the opening game of the season.

Most notably, the arrivals of Bangor-born MJ Williams, and Cameron Norman on free transfers signifies the Dons’ ambitions to regain their Sky Bet League One status at the first possible opportunity.

In the dugout: Graham Alexander

A shrewd operator at this level, Graham Alexander has already gained promotion from League Two, with Fleetwood Town back in 2014.

Despite his experienced career in management, Alexander earned over 40 caps for Scotland during his esteemed playing career, in which he made over 1000 appearances and scored over 100 goals.

In management, it is perhaps his spell at Salford City which Alexander is most well-known for, where he managed to guide the Ammies to play-off final success against AFC Flyde in 2019.

Following promotion, the 51-year-old firmly established Salford’s status in the league, later leading them to an EFL Trophy final.

He would be sacked by the club in October 2020, with the club sat in fifth place at the time. A spell at Motherwell would follow, before Alexander eventually joined the Dons in May 2023.

A look back in history – January 19, 2008 (Wrexham AFC 1-0 MK Dons)

While Wrexham will be looking to set the record straight against Saturday’s visitors, the Club’s last victory against the Dons came in 2008.

It was the last time that the visitors have been at the STōK Cae Ras, with over 4,000 in attendance.

Despite coming into the game on a run of seven straight defeats, the Red Dragons provided a spirited display to overcome the odds and claim a vital 1-0 win.

Neil Roberts would be the goal scorer and broke the deadlock from 20-yards-out in the 71st minute, lifting a strike over goalkeeper Willy Gueret, firing Wrexham to victory.

One to watch: Jonathan Leko

Despite being aged just 24-years-old, Leko is a vastly experienced forward, who has made over 100 appearances across the Premier League, Championship and League One.

His journey in the senior game started at just 16, in April 2016, when he became the first player born in 1999 to start a Premier League match.

Leko went on to make a further five appearances before signing his first professional contract with the Baggies, on a three-year deal until 2019.

His meteoric rise would continue in 2017, with the forward one of 98 players nominated for the European Golden Boy award in 2017.

The 24-year-old has also appeared 41 times for England at youth level, from their Under-16 side all the way through to England’s Under-20 side.

Since then, he has spent time with Birmingham City, Bristol City and Charlton Athletic, before making the move to Stadium:MK in January 2023.

In total, Leko has appeared 18 times for the club since his arrival, scoring four goals during that time.

Club connections: Mark Carrington and Craig Morgan

While not many players have appeared for both sides, Mark Carrington and Craig Morgan are both names which hold a notable place in Wrexham’s history.

Carrington appeared over 250 times for the Red Dragons, earning the 2013/14 Player of the season award for his efforts at the STōK Cae Ras.

Despite etching his name in Wrexham’s modern-day history, the midfielder would also play for the Dons four years prior to his arrival in North Wales as he made 32 appearances for the club in League One.

Another player very much etched in Wrexham AFC folklore is Craig Morgan – a member of the 2004/05 LDV Vans Trophy winning side.

The centre-back played over 50 times for the Red Dragons and would go on to appear for the Welsh national team during his career.

Morgan would make the move to MK Dons in the summer of 2005, after lifting the LDV Vans Trophy. He would spend two years at the club, making 43 appearances.

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