ADVENT CALENDAR | Wrexham AFC's Number 13s

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 13 Dec 2018

Already in place in the top flight, squad numbers were introduced into the English Football League ahead of the 1999/2000 season – making this the 20th season of Wrexham squad numbers since.

Some names and numbers will be permanently linked in Wrexham fans’ minds: “Ugarte 30”, “Edwards 7”, “Sam 23”, “Ferguson 10” … the list goes on, right up until “Carrington 13” in the current squad.

But what is the story behind each of Wrexham’s squad numbers? And who have the current crop of players got to live up to?

13 – Carra and the keepers

Current: Mark Carrington

Mark Carrington became only the third outfield player to pull on Wrexham’s number 13 jersey when he claimed the squad number for his fourth season at the club.

He had already established himself as a key player in the squad, making 120 appearances in his first three seasons and opening the scoring in Wrexham’s FA Cup third round defeat to Stoke.

It was Carrington’s fourth different squad number since joining from Bury at the start of the 2013/14 season but he has held it in the three seasons since – following Dave Warren and Wes Baynes as an outfield Wrexham number 13.

The dependable, versatile defender/midfielder made his 200th Wrexham appearance during the current 2018/19 season and has appeared at right-back, left-back and defensive midfielder already in this campaign.

An FA Trophy finalist in 2015, Carrington is also now vice-captain – leading the team in the rare absence of Shaun Pearson.

Mark Carrington vs Leyton Orient

First: Dave Warren

While traditionally used for substitute goalkeepers – or nobody at all when player’s superstition gets the better of them (four of the 20 seasons of squad numbers has seen it remain unassigned) – the first Wrexham number 13 was Irish teenager Dave Warren.

Warren was part of the Republic of Ireland’s UEFA Under-16 Championship-winning squad in 1998 and Brian Flynn signed him in February of the following year.

He was assigned the number 13 jersey for the 1999-00 season in Division Two but made just one appearance that season.

He remained at the club for another two seasons, wearing numbers 24 and 18 but found opportunities limited before returning to his native Ireland.

Longest: Michael Jones

Big Liverpool-born keeper Michael Jones came through the ranks at Wrexham and made his first appearance towards the end of the 2004/05 season as a substitute – replacing Xavi Valero between the sticks.

The following season he moved into the number 13 jersey and made his first Wrexham start against Leyton Orient in September of that year.

Jones held the number 13 jersey for the next three seasons – meaning he is soon to be tied as Wrexham’s longest-serving number 13 by Mark Carrington.

Jones ultimately made 11 appearances in his Wrexham career and spent time on loan at Hinckley United, before leaving to join Northwich Victoria.

Promotion heroes and cup final heroes

Kristian Rogers shared back-up goalkeeping duties to Andy Dibble with Paul Whitfield for the 2002/03 promotion campaign.

Rogers made seven appearances in all, including coming on for Dibble at half-time in the 5-0 home win against Cambridge that sealed promotion before keeping another clean sheet the following week in a 1-0 defeat of Leyton Orient.

Matt Baker was number 13 for the 2004/05 season, playing in three LDV Vans Trophy matches – keeping clean sheets in the wins against Stockport and Chester. He had moved to MK Dons by the time of the final at the Millennium Stadium though.

Andy Coughlin was an unused substitute wearing 13 for the 2013 FA Trophy final, meanwhile. He started at Wembley two years later, wearing number one in the defeat to North Ferriby United.

Wrexham’s Number 13s

1999-2000: Dave Warren (1 league app/0 goals)
2001-2002: David Walsh (9 apps)
2002-2003: Kristian Rogers (7 apps)
2003-2004: Paul Whitfield (3 apps)
2004-2005: Matt Baker (13 apps)
2005-2008: Michael Jones (10 apps)
2010-2011: Wes Baynes (0 apps)
2011-2012: Danny Ward (0 apps)
2012-2014: Andy Coughlin (34 apps)
2014-2015: Daniel Bachmann (15 apps)
2016-: Mark Carrington (85 apps/1 goal)*
+Stats only include league matches played in the specified jersey, does not include play-offs
*Up to 12/12/2018

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