ADVENT CALENDAR | Wrexham AFC's Number 24s

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 24 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?

Number 24

Current- Dougie Tharme

After impressing in the youth team, Doug Tharme made his Wrexham debut in the FA Trophy against Harrogate in 2017.

He featured heavily in the following summer when Sam Ricketts took charge and the teenage centre-back was rewarded with his league debut after James Jennings was injured against Bromley.

Tharme started the next two games too but his own injury has restricted opportunity since then.

 

First- Mike Ryan

A product of Manchester United’s youth academy, Mike Ryan converted to a defender as he progressed through United’s ranks.

He got as far as the reserve team but left to join Wrexham on a free transfer in March 1999 having not got close to the first team.

The 19-year-old was handed number 24 for the following season and featured regularly at the start of the campaign, playing the first six matches of the season.

He only appeared once more, however, in a defeat to Stoke City, and was released at the end of the season – dropping into the non-league.

Longest- Gareth Evans

Wrexham-born defender Gareth Evans actually played in the Wolves youth team before returning to North Wales at the start of his career.

Evans played 31 times for Newi Cefn Druids in the Welsh Premier League before moving to Wrexham in 2004, signing a professional contract two years later.

His breakthrough season came in 2006, when Evans was handed the number 24 jersey, and he and fellow youngster Mike Williams impressed in defence that year.

He signed a new contact at the end of the season but found himself loaned out to Northwich Victoria and Tamworth.

He played a further 14 league and cup appearances for the Dragons but left to move stateside in 2009. He played for several clubs in America, including Austin Aztex and Wilmington Hammerheads.

Promotion heroes/cup final kings

Having made his career debut at the end of the 2001/02 season, Craig Morgan wore 24 as Wrexham were promoted the following season.

He scored his first Wrexham goal in his first game of the season – a 2-2 draw with Cambridge United – and finished the season having started one game and made a further five sub appearances.

Daniel Evans was assigned number 24 in the 2004/05 season, meanwhile, but he did not feature during the campaign.

Danny Devine wore number 24 earlier in the 2012/13 season but Chris Maxwell wore the jersey at Wembley – wearing it in goal as Wrexham beat Grimsby on penalties.

Wrexham AFC’s Number 24s

1999-2000: Mike Ryan (7 apps/0 goals)
2000-2001: David Warren (0 apps)
2001-2002: Adrian Moody (1 app/0 goals)
2002-2003: Craig Morgan (6 apps/1 goals)
2003-2004: Armand One (3 apps/0 goals)
2004-2005: Daniel Evans (0 apps)
2005-2006: Mark Harris (0 apps)
2006-2009: Gareth Evans (26 apps/0 goals)
2009: John Curtis (13 apps/0 goals)
2009-2010: Matthew Wolfenden (15 apps/1 goal)
2010-2012: Mathias Pogba (66 apps/15 goals)
2012: Danny Devine (4 apps/0 goals)
2013: Chris Maxwell (17 apps/0 goals)
2013-2014: Kyle Parle (1 app/0 goals)
2014-2015: Connor Jennings (41 apps/6 goals)
2015-2016: Liam Walsh (1 app/0 goals)
2016-2017: Chris Dunn (19 apps/0 goals)
2017-: Doug Tharme (3 apps/0 goals)

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