The history of The Glovers v The Red Dragons is very short indeed. We managed to miss each other in the EFL, with Wrexham relegated from League One to League Two just as we were promoted the other way.

The Welsh club then fell out of the Football League in 2008 after a continual EFL presence since becoming one of the founder members of Third Division North back in 1921.

This was the culmination of off the field problems that had seen open civil war between chairman/owner Alex Hamilton and the fanbase, with Hamilton attempting to evict the club from the Racecourse Ground to build on the site.

His mismanagement saw Wrexham AFC plunge into administration in December 2004 with debts of £2.6 million including £800,000 in unpaid taxes owed to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Legal battles continued in the courts throughout 2005 and into 2006, with Hamilton’s acquisition of the Racecourse Ground freehold eventually ruled to have been improper.

The club finally emerged from administration at the end of May 2006 as Wrexham Football Club (2006) Ltd with four days to spare before it would have been expelled from the EFL.

After the massive efforts needed to save its very existence fans were optimistic a corner had been turned, but the damage in the fight had been severe and the club was soon relegated out of the EFL after an 87 year stay.

By 2011 it was facing a winding up order over £200,000 in unpaid taxes owed to HMRC as the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust (WST) and several other bidders battled for control of the club.

WST and one of those bidders, Stephanie Booth, eventually reached an accommodation and became the new owners.

Meanwhile on the field Wrexham were knocked out in the play-offs three seasons in a row between 2010-11 and 2012-13, after which they became a very mid-table National League side for the following five campaigns before failing once again in the 2018-19 play-offs.

Last season, truncated and settled by points per pame, saw their lowest ever National League finish, 19th.

This season has been dominated, at least as far as the media has been concerned, by a rather slow motion takeover of the club by trans-Atlantic actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney that took some months to complete.

On the pitch the team appears to have ignored such distractions and Wrexham have consistently been there or there about in the play-off picture.

After a little wobble around Easter when they lost three matches in a row Wrexham’s form has returned, with three wins and two draws since.

With Yeovil Town’s record against clubs in the top ten an awful W2 D2 L14, and little to shout about on the road generally, the Glovers will be doing well come back with anything from the Racecourse on Saturday, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Streaming can be signed up for here MATCH CENTRE | Wrexham v Yeovil Town | Wrexham AFC at a cost of £10. The usual matchday radio commentaries can be found on BBC Radio Somerset and Three Valleys Radio.

For team news and the thoughts of Wrexham manager Dean Keates ahead of our game – see our matchday preview here.


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