Wrexham and Hartlepool conspired to spoil BT Sport's evening on Saturday. After our game at Weymouth was ripped from their schedule, their replacement match between Eastleigh and Hartlepool was called off at half time.
Both sides will be itching to get back into league action: Wrexham haven't played in three weeks as the two matches scheduled before last Saturday were called off following an outbreak of COVID-19 in Dean Keates' squad.
Hartlepool, meanwhile, last played in the league on Halloween, when they suffered an horrendous 5-0 home loss to Torquay.
HEAD TO HEAD
Wrexham haven't got a great recent record at Victoria Park, but when we do win there, it tends to be an impressive affair. Our last win, three seasons ago, saw Scott Quigley score twice on his debut as we cantered to a 2-0 win.
Our previous win had been a record-breaking affair. Juan Ugarte scored 5 goals - a club record in an away game and equalling the league record too - as we pulled off an incredible 6-4 win.
Last season we suffered a disappointing 4-2 defeat at Hartlepool, despiteAkil Wright giving us the lead late in the first half. We collapsed after that and oon after the break found ourselves 3-1 down. Bobby Grant gave us hope when he pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, but Jake Lawlor was then dismissed and soon afterwards Hartlepool put the game out of our reach.
The season before, a moribund affair saw Hartlepool win through a first half penalty. Kemy AGustien and Jordan Spyrou made their debuts for The Dragons, but couldn't make an impact.
This is a truly historic fixture: when we first met in August 1921, it was both sides' first match in the Football League. The game, which took place at The Racecourse, ended in the 2-0 Hartlepool win, but we didn't have to wait long for revenge: our next match was the return fixture, and Reg Leck scored the only goal to earn our first Football League win.
Leck, like the rest of the players on the pitch, had endured the suffering of the First World War to get the chance to feature in the Football League: one of his three brothers was a victim of the conflict and he served two and a half years in France with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary before being injured and sent home ot recuperate.
As in so many of our most regular fixtures, Tommy Bamford (above) is our top scorer against Hartlepool with 8 goals. Tom Lewis and Juan Ugarte (below) are next in the list, two goals further back.
26/8/19 Hartlepool United 4 (Gime Toure (43, 60), Liam Noble (pen 48, 52) Wrexham 2 (Akil Wright (38)Robert Grant (pen 56))
Hartlepool United: B Killip, M Kitching, A Cunningham, P Kioso, F Kerr, M Raynes, L Noble (A Bale, 89), G Mafuta, J Kennedy (N Featherstone, 74), G Toure (J Hawkes, 89), L James Subs not used: G Holohan, R Donaldson
Wrexham: C Dibble, J Barnum-Bobb, S Pearson, A Barton, D Redmond (L Young, 77), M Carrington, A Wright, J Lawlor (s/o 64), R Grant, B Tollitt (M Harris, 58), J Hooper (L Mcintosh, 17) Subs not used: R Lainton, P Rutherford
LAST GAME – WREXHAM
27/10/20 Wrexham 0 Barnet 0
Wrexham: R Lainton, F Kelleher, T Vassell (J Horsfield, 77), J Reckord, A Jeffrey, R Hall-Johnson (J Davies, 80), E Durrell, L Young, J Harris, J Bickerstaff (A Yussuf, 65), K Thomas Subs not used: D Jarvis, P Rutherford, C Dibble
LAST GAME -HARTLEPOOL UNITED
7/11/20 Salford City 2 (Andrade 105, Dieseruvwe 120) Hartlepool United 0 a.e.t.
Hartlepool United: H Ravas, R Donaldson, D Ferguson, L Cass, R Johnson, T Magloire, J MacDonald (D Parkhouse, 57), T Crawford (M Bloomfield, 106), N Featherstone, C Ofosu (G Holohan, 96), R Oates (L Molyneux, 72) Subs not used: B Killip, M Shelton, L Williams
*Hartlepool's game last Saturday was abandoned at half time.
Jay Harris’ 525th career appearance.