ADVENT CALENDAR | Wrexham AFC's number 7s

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 07 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?

7 – Chalk and Chizzy

Current – Luke Summerfield

Ivybridge-born midfielder Luke Summerfield joined Wrexham in the summer, signing from Grimsby Town, and has made an impressive start to life at the Racecourse.

Summerfield has spent the bulk of his career in the Football League, with the exception of a loan spell at Macclesfield in the latter half of the 2016/17 season, and that quality has shown so far.

As of the start of December, “Summers” had played 20 league games, scoring one goal, and also netted in the FA Cup first-round win at Weston-super-Mare – as well as contributing assists from his set pieces.

Luke Summerfield controlling midfield

First – Martyn Chalk

Martyn Chalk joined Wrexham from Stockport in 1996 and went on to play more than 200 games for the Dragons.

A versatile midfielder/winger, Chalk was described by the Independent as a ‘potent threat on the flanks’ when Wrexham beat West Ham to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in his debut season.

He was handed the number seven jersey when squad numbers were introduced in 1999 and wore the shirt for the next two seasons.

The following season he moved to number four, but it was a season to forget as he was sent off twice before being released at the end of the campaign – and did not find another professional club.

Longest – Carlos Edwards

Signed for £250,000 in 2000, Carlos Edwards and compatriot Hector Sam were the first two Trinidad & Tobago internationals to join the club, soon to be followed by Dennis Lawrence.

Arguably the most exciting of the trio, the pacey winger was handed the number seven jersey the following season and scored five goals as Wrexham dropped into Division Three.

The following year he scored ten goals as the Dragons were promoted, being named in the PFA Team of the Year, and was named in the divisional XI again the following season after five more goals in the third tier.

The following season was beset by a knee injury but he played the full game as Wrexham won the LDV Vans Trophy at the Millennium Stadium before leaving to join Luton on a free transfer as the financially-stricken Dragons were relegated.

Edwards made 181 appearances in all major competitions for Wrexham and scored 25 goals. He would go on to play at the 2006 World Cup before two seasons in the Premier League with Sunderland.

He eventually retired in 2016, after further spells with Ipswich Town and Millwall in the Championship, after more than 500 appearances and 49 goals in English football.

Promotion heroes and cup final kings

Carlos Edwards was one of the stars of the 2002/03 promotion campaign, establishing himself as a firm fans favourite with eight league goals – earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

He also played in the LDV Vans Trophy Final in 2005 to win his first major silverware – having dyed his hair red for the occasion.

Super-sub Adrian Cieslewicz was Wrexham’s number seven for the 2013 FA Trophy final, scoring the first penalty in the shoot-out at Wembley.

Wrexham’s Number 7s

Jack Mackreth in on goal

1999-2001: Martyn Chalk (44 apps/4 goals)
2001-2005: Carlos Edwards (130 apps/19 goals)
2005-2006: Andy Holt (36 apps/3 goals)
2006-2008: Mark Jones (46 apps/5 goals)
2008-2009: Wes Baynes (26 apps/1 goal)
2009-2010: Mark Jones (32 apps/4 goals)
2010-2011: Gareth Taylor (33 apps/6 goals)
2011-2014: Adrian Cieslewicz (100 apps/14 goals)
2014-2015: Elliott Durrell (30 apps/4 goals)
2015-2016: Lee Fowler (18 apps/3 goals)
2016-2017: Anthony Barry (31 apps/2 goals)
2017-2018: Jack Mackreth (33 apps/0 goals)
2018-: Luke Summerfield (20 apps/1 goal)*
+Stats only include matches played in the specified jersey, does not include play-offs
*Up to 01/12/2018

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