Wrexham’s 2023 in numbers: 104 factors, 104 objectives, numerous reminiscences


The ‘Yr of the Dragon’ is the billing that 2024 enjoys within the Chinese language calendar however there are just a few thousand soccer followers in north Wales who might beg to vary.

Wrexham, nicknamed the Crimson Dragons, have had a stellar 12 months, even permitting for the uncommon stumble that was Friday’s 3-1 defeat by Walsall.

Data tumbled all through 2023 as Phil Parkinson’s aspect slugged it out with Notts County in essentially the most relentless title race in Nationwide League historical past earlier than ultimately prevailing with a sport to spare.

Then got here the long-awaited return to the English Soccer League — Wrexham had been away so lengthy, the competitors was not identified merely because the Soccer League — and a really chaotic begin that included conceding a dozen objectives of their first three dwelling matches.

That the newly-promoted aspect additionally scored a dozen occasions in these opening recommended life was not going to be uninteresting now again in League Two and this has actually proved the case with late objectives, purple playing cards and dramatic comebacks aplenty.

Maybe appropriately, the ultimate sport of 2023 served up extra of the identical with Wrexham twice hitting the crossbar in defeat as the 2 groups mustered a powerful 39 efforts on aim between them.

With the go to of Barrow, one level and one place behind Parkinson’s males within the desk, kicking off the brand new yr on the SToK Cae Ras, there appears little probability of the drama easing up any time quickly.

Let The Athletic salute what has been a outstanding yr…

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104… factors throughout the yr, a outstanding return from 47 matches within the Nationwide League and League Two. To place this into the context of their 2023 friends, Stockport County managed 96 from 49 outings solely within the fourth tier and Notts County collected 92 from 47 throughout the 2 competitions. Chesterfield, this season’s runaway leaders within the Nationwide League, bagged 97 from 48 video games at that degree.

104… objectives scored. Of these, 56 got here within the Nationwide League and 48 have are available League Two.

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97… minutes performed when Ben Foster made ‘that’ penalty save towards Notts County.



Farewell, Ben Foster – the goalkeeper who stole the Wrexham present

88… the factors tally that Wrexham are heading in the right direction to realize this season primarily based on their efficiency within the first 24 matches.

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63… factors received on dwelling soil in 24 matches, together with a vastly spectacular 20 victories and three attracts.

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60… objectives scored within the second half, just a little beneath 60 per cent of their complete output. Wrexham conceded 36 occasions after half-time.

46… appearances out of a attainable 47 within the league by Elliot Lee, the very best tally within the squad. He began all however a type of, his one outing from the bench coming at dwelling to Sutton United. Even then, Lee got here on to bag the 88th-minute winner. Sam Dalby was concerned 45 occasions (26 of them in its place), Ben Tozer 44 and Ollie Palmer on 43 events.

44… objectives scored within the first half. On the different finish, Wrexham conceded 23 occasions within the opening 45 minutes.

31… victories in 47 video games, together with 11 on the street.

29… objectives scored by Paul Mullin, making him the membership’s high goalscorer for 2023 in league motion. Elliot Lee bagged 21 from midfield, whereas Palmer (9), Sam Dalby (7), James Jones (6) and Jacob Mendy (5) additionally contributed.

26… appearances from the bench by Dalby, essentially the most by a Wrexham participant. Jordan Davies, who missed the opening weeks of the yr attributable to harm, managed 23.

25… occasions Wrexham led on the interval. Of these, they went on to win 20. The one sport they misplaced from a profitable place on the break was towards Halifax City on Good Friday.

18… completely different Wrexham goalscorers, beginning with Joran Tunnicliffe at Solihull Moors and ending with Mullin’s Twenty fourth-minute penalty on the Bescot Stadium on December 29.

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17… clear sheets stored in 47 league matches. Arthur Okonkwo leads the way in which among the many goalkeepers with seven to his title, adopted by Rob Lainton (4), Mark Howard (3) and Ben Foster (3).

17… minutes between the 2 gamers who spent essentially the most time on the pitch, Tozer managing 4,330 minutes to Lee’s 4,313 minutes.

16… Wrexham’s league place 5 video games into the League Two season. They head into 2024 occupying the ultimate automated promotion place.

10… objectives scored in stoppage time. Mullin, James Jones and Lee have all bagged two apiece, whereas Lee and Sam Dalby each netted within the 96th minute to rescue a draw towards Salford Metropolis and a 4-3 win at Aldershot City respectively.

5… purple playing cards. Callum McFadzean (Barnet away) was the one dismissal within the first half of the yr, whereas there have been one other 4 since returning to the EFLRyan Barnett (Crewe), Andy Cannon (Crawley), George Evans (Colchester United) and James Jones (Swindon City). Impressively, Wrexham didn’t lose a sport when diminished to 10 males, profitable three and drawing twice.

5… personal objectives by opposition gamers, although Mullin might quibble this as he nonetheless believes the strike credited to Corey Jordan in February’s 4-3 win at Aldershot belongs to him. Steve Arnold (Southend), Ryan Whitley (York), Joel Senior (Morecambe) and Zach Mitchell (Colchester United) additionally obliged.

4… defeats since returning to the EFL. Milton Keynes Dons, Stockport County, Accrington Stanley and now Walsall are the one sides to get the higher of the Nationwide League champions in 2023-24.

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3… occasions conceded 5 objectives in a match. Two of these had been at dwelling as effectively contained in the opening 15 days of the 2023-24 marketing campaign and but Wrexham head into the New Yr driving excessive.

2…victories on the summer season US tour that noticed Wrexham watched by round 110,000 followers in 4 matches, the wins coming towards LA Galaxy II and Manchester United.



Mullin harm has rocked Wrexham however followers have flocked and US tour has been massive success

1… occasions crushed on dwelling soil. This got here on a gap day when Wrexham, maybe too decided to make their mark again within the EFL, crashed to a 5-3 loss to Milton Keynes Dons. After watching his aspect concede twice within the opening ten minutes, Parkinson may clearly be seen urging his gamers to “calm the f*ck down”. They obtained the message… ultimately.

All stats are league solely.

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