ADVENT CALENDAR | Wrexham AFC's Number 1s

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 02 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?

 

1 – The Flying Pig and Keeping it in the Family

Current: Christian Dibble

Christian Dibble became the second member of the Dibble family to be handed Wrexham’s number one jersey when he took over the shirt at the start of the 2018-19 season.

Dibble follows father Andy, who was Wrexham’s number one for three seasons from 2002 to 2005.

Dibbs Senior held the jersey for longer than any other Wrexham keeper, but the younger Dibbs is still waiting for his first competitive appearance since being made number one.

First: Kevin Dearden

Brian Flynn handed Kevin Dearden the number one jersey in 1999 for Wrexham’s first season of squad numbers, having signed “The Flying Pig” from Brentford that summer.

Dearden played 52 matches that season, missing just one league game as he filled a void that had never truly been filled since Andy Marriott’s departure a year earlier.

He was number one again the following season, though not necessarily on the team sheet as Kristian Rogers’ form saw appearances more restricted.

Dearden’s final game was the 2001 FAW Premier Cup final against Swansea, which Wrexham won 2-0 at the Vetch, before he was released

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Longest: Andy Dibble

Andy Dibble is the only Wrexham keeper to have held the number one jersey for three seasons, which he did between 2002 and 2005.

The former Welsh international took over the gloves for the 2002-03 season, after Wrexham’s relegation to Division Three, and played 33 league goals in the promotion campaign the following year.

He played 37 times in all competitions the following year but injuries restricted him to just 16 games the following season – the veteran keeper leaving the Racecourse shortly after his 40th Birthday.

Promotion heroes and cup final heroes

Andy Dibble wore the number-one jersey in the 2002/03 promotion season, playing 33 of the 46 league games that season.

There was no number one for either the 2005 Football League Trophy Final or the 2013 FA Trophy Final, however.

Wrexham’s Number 1s

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1999-2001: Kevin Dearden (81 league apps)
2001-2002: Marius Rovde (12 apps)
2002-2005: Andy Dibble (83 apps)
2005-2007: Michael Ingham (71 apps)
2007-2008: Anthony Williams (22 apps)
2008-2009: Gavin Ward (32 apps)
2009-2010: Sam Russell (18 apps)
2010-2011: Scott Shearer (9 apps)
2011-2012: Louis Gray (0 apps)
2012-2014: Jos Mayebi (41 apps)
2014-2015: Andy Coughlin (28 apps)
2015-2016: Cameron Belford (19 apps)
2016-2017: Shwan Jalal (24 apps)
2017-2018: Chris Dunn (35 apps)
2018-: Christian Dibble (0 apps)*

+Stats only include matches played in the specified jersey, does not include play-offs
*Up to 01/12/2018

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