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Terrace talk with Peter Davies

THE end of a woeful, demoralising, humiliating season may now be in sight.

THE end of a woeful, demoralising, humiliating season may now be in sight.

Whatever the signs of malaise, I maintain that there have been feelgood things to applaud and glimpses of quality. These are my Top Ten Positive Things To Come Out Of Season 2001-2:

Jimmy Jimmy: For me, the most consistent defender has been ex-City boy Whitley. He s had the odd dodgy game, and made the odd mistake, but at right-back, a fairly unglamorous position, he s shone like a beacon.

A classy performer who should be playing at a much higher level. Joey Joey: He might be exiting the club in due course, but he s still an important icon, and I dread to think how relegation in his final season on the payroll could affect him psychologically.

He's lived and breathed every kick of every match since August - and he doesn't deserve such a terrible, anti-climactic send-off.

Chipper Denis: Part of me has become very tired of the manager's buoyant post-match analysis (eg. We lost 4-0 but we completely murdered them ).

However, another part of me has really admired the way in which he has kept his head up when others, around him, have been going down. Smith has been honest, realistic and optimistic throughout, and I would be hard pushed to say anything critical about his decision-making and management style.

Big Dennis: It can't be nice leaving your partner and child in Trinidad, trying to make it in British football, and then being relegated to fourth-choice centre-half at a struggling, relegation-haunted Second Division club, but that, of course, is what happened to Tall Man before Christmas.

The fact that he took a step back, reflected on the situation in the reserves and on the subs bench, and then came back stronger than ever, says a lot about his moral fibre. I think he'll always make the odd blemish, but over the last couple of months he has been commanding. A big man in more ways than one.

Games Against Wigan: Three games, three barnstorming victories. Can we play you every week?

Thomas the Tank Engine: There have been few successes in the Wrexham midfield, but the Geordie no.19 has probably been the best of a poor bunch.

Over the past few seasons, Steve T. has suffered his fair share of devastating injuries, but I would say he's grabbed his chance this time.

He's our only midfielder who moves forward rather than sideways. Thrust, drive, creativity in a poor side he s demonstrated them all.

The Singers: There is a group of around 50 people who sing incessantly at games even when the team is losing heavily (eg. every other game). Under the charismatic leadership of Ian Jacko Roberts., they have been an inspiration and they have deserved far better on the field.

The Drummers: There are now at least three excellent drummers at the back of the Kop - and each is due the highest of praise. Jerry Allcock Esq. is senior percussionist; the brother and sister who travel from Swindon every match are his assistants. Fantastic people, fantastic effort.

Super Lee: It's been impossible for Trundle to live up to last season's sensational form, but even so, I would argue that he's still the only man in the team with genuine star quality oozing out of every vein.

The End: April 20th may well turn out to be a very depressing day in the history of Wrexham FC - but at least it might bring relief from the agony.


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