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Wrexham Football Club: Player profiles

In-depth player profiles for the 2001-02 season.

WREXHAM FC - player profiles

Paul Barrett
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5ft 9in
Weight: 11st 4lbs
Date Of Birth: 13.04.78
Place Of Birth: Newcastle
Previous Club: Newcastle United
Signed in March 1999 on a three-year deal prior to the transfer deadline on a free from Newcastle United.

It was his performances in the Pontin's League which alerted Wrexham to the Newcastle-born player's talents.

Paul was a schoolboy with his home town team and progressed through their ranks before
going professional at St James Park. Having just turned 21, he is looking for first team football and has found it in Wales, gaining his debut at Millwall in March 1999.

Paul only played 26 games last season due to a recurring injury problem but is now fighting fit and will be looking to impress boss Brian Flynn with his contract running out at the end of the season.

Michael Blackwood
Position: Forward
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 11st 10lbs
Date Of Birth: 30.09.79
Place Of Birth: Birmingham
Previous Club: Aston Villa, Chester.

Blackwood was one of four signings made by Brian Flynn in June (2000). He was released by Aston Villa and although he did not make the first team he is still felt to be a developing talent.

His first taste of league football came with a stint at arch-rivals Chester City.

His pace is his main strength and he gives Flynn the neccessary width on the left wing.
Blackwood had an unsuccessful first season with the Dragons largely due to injury, but in the games which he did figure he tormented the defences.

Brian Carey
Position: Defender
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 13st 2in
Date of Birth: 31.05.68
Place of Birth: Cork
Previous Clubs: Leicester City, Wrexham (loan), Manchester Utd
Squad number: 5

Brian Carey returned for his third spell at the Racecourse in July 1996 in a £100K deal with Leicester City. He was a direct replacement for Barry Hunter (£400K to Reading) and this has proved to be an excellent deal for Wrexham.

Has now only missed a handful of league matches, mainly due to suspension, although a cartilage operation did put him out last year for the whole of October, which was followed by an ankle operation in December that saw him miss another month.

Carey is an indomiatable figure in the heart of the Wrexham defence and as captain continues to act as inspiration for his team-mates. He may be lacking a bit of pace these days but Brian remains an effective organiser of the Dragons' defence while his height makes his presence effective in either penalty area.

Martyn Chalk
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5ft 6in
Weight: 11st 3in
Date Of Birth: 30.08.69
Place Of Birth: Swindon
Previous Clubs: Louth Utd, Derby, Stockport County.

Chalk has fought his way into first team selection after a dissapointing 1999/2000 season when he played second fiddle to Robin Gibson.

He is a tricky wide-right midfielder who on his day can cause havoc in opposition territory. He has struggled with consistency but having made 28 appearance last season is in prime form to be making a midfield position his own.

Manager Brian Flynn added to his options by taking Martyn from Stockport County, as part of a deal that saw Kieron Durkan move in the opposite direction in March 1996. Came out of non-league football with Louth United to join Derby County and then switched to Stockport in a £40,000 deal during 1994.

Carlos Edwards
Position: Forward
Height: 5.11
Weight: 11.07
Date Of Birth
Place Of Birth: Trinidad
Previous Club: Defence Force (Trinidad)
Joined the club from Defence Force FC, Trinidad, along with Hector Sam.

Carlos Trinidadian international and was involved in their epic World Cup qualifying campaign last season (2000/01).

He is a natural winger but can also operate in midfield. He is good with both feet but is primarily left-footed with a dazzling turn of pace (handy for a winger). He has dramatically improved manager Brian Flynn's attacking options.

Craig Faulconbridge

Position: Forward
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 13st
Date Of Birth: 20.04.78
Place Of Birth: Nuneaton
Previous Club: Coventry City
This tall and rangy forward joined Wrexham on a free transfer from Coventry in the summer of 1999 as manager Brian Flynn sought to beef up his strike force.

He quickly made an impression at the Racecourse, scoring on his debut for the club when coming on as a substitute at Blackpool on the opening day of the season and following this up with both goals in the 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers.

He is a player who shows keen awareness and works hard, but he has yet to find a partnership that works up front. He signed a two-year deal at the end of the 1999-2000 season so will be out to impress this season.

Darren Ferguson
Position: Midfield
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 11st 10lbs
Date Of Birth: 09.02.72
Place Of Birth: Glasgow
Previous slubs: Sparta Rotterdam, Wolves, Manchester United.
Darren linked up with Wrexham in September 1999 after a spell in Holland with Sparta Rotterdam and eventually agreed to stay.

Ferguson committed himself to a two and a half-year deal at the Racecourse in March 2000.

Ferguson was instrumental in the Dragons successes last season seeing them to a final league position on tenth. He was an almost ever-present in the heart of midfield making 47 appearances scoring 10 goals in all competitions.

Born in Glasgow, he joined Manchester United as a youngster under his father Alex and progressed through the ranks to eventually turn professional in 1990.

After several years and five caps for Scotland Under-21's, he moved for £250,000 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 1994.

A regular in the Wolves side for five seasons, he only had one spell out due to injury.

His first goal for Wrexham was the winner against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round in December 1999.

He is a neat midfielder with excellent passing skills, great vision and some subtle touches. His most famous moment for the Robins (now known as the Dragons) came against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup scoring in the final stages to clinch a famous victory.

Robin Gibson
Position: Winger
Height: 5ft 7in
Weight: 10st 7in
Date Of Birth: 15.11.79
Place Of Birth: Crewe
Previous Club: Trainee
A former trainee who is now in his third season as a professional and made his debut in the January LDV Vans meeting with Hull City. Since then this Crewe-born winger has featured in the first team squad on a regular basis.

His most memorable momemnt came when he scored the equaliser in the 2000 FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough when the Dragons went on to record a shock victory.

He played 31 games last season only managing to find the back of the net once. But his worth lies with his mazey runs down the right wing and the balls into the box.

Andy Morrell
Position: Forward
Height: 5.11
Weight: 11.06
Date Of Birth: 28.09.74
Place Of Birth: Doncaster
Previous Club: Newcastle Blue Star (Free)

Andy Morrell joined Wrexham in December 1998 following a successful extended trial period.

He was recommended to Wrexham after his goalscoring exploits for Newcastle Blue Star whilst studying at Newcastle University.

Following impressive performances for the reserves, Andy was given his first team debut in January 1999, coming on as a late substitute in Wrexham's LDV Vans trophy match at Hull City.

Andy's Football League debut was against Burnley in March 1999 followed by six further league appearances.

In the season 1999/2000 Morrell made his mark finishing top-scorer in the FAW Premier Cup, scoring four times in a 5-0 win over TNS Llansantffraid and then netting seven in the 8-0 demolition of Merthyr Tydfil.

He thus equalled Archie Livingstone's all-time record tally achieved in September 1943 when Wrexham defeated Tranmere 9-0 and also earned himself a £10,000 bonus as top goalscorer in the competition. Also earning himself an extension to his contract into the bargain.

However, last season Morrell could not build on this success and even though he made 22 appearances the striker could only find the back of the net three times.

Kevin Russell
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5ft 9in
Weight: 10st 12lbs
Date Of Birth: 06.12.66
Place Of Birth: Portsmouth
Previous Club: Brighton, Portsmouth, Wrexham, Leicester, Peterborough, Cardiff, Hereford, Stoke, Burnley, Bournemouth, Notts County.
'Rooster' again proved to be an important member of the Wrexham squad in 2000/01 running his legs off in 28 appearances and scoring four goals.

His experience was vital up front in the pressure games mid-way through the season which helped Wrexham steer away from danger.

His high work-rate and enthusiasm for the cause were always in evidence and when on the subs bench he offered manager Brian Flynn a number of options.

His experience will prove vital this season as Flynn tries to bring through the younger players.

Having spent two seasons with Wrexham in the late 1980's, he then left the club to continue a career that has seen him turn out in the colours of Portsmouth, Leicester, Stoke, Burnley, Peterborough, Cardiff, Hereford, Bournemouth and Notts County, before he returned to the Racecourse in 1995.

Russell missed the second-half of 1997/98 due to an ankle injury, but returned for an end of year friendly with Wales, scoring a magnificent equaliser. He saw plenty of action in the 1999/00 season and has seen more of the same in a revamped Wrexham midfield.

Turned out as an emergency striker at Cambridge in mid March (2000) and scored twice in a vital 4-3 victory for the Reds.

Kristian Rogers
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6ft
Weight: 11st 7lbs
Date Of Birth: 02.10.80
Place Of Birth: Chester
Previous Club: Arrived as schoolboy
A second year professional who stayed at school to continue his education before joining the club he has been associated with for some 10 years.

Was the English Schools Under-18 'keeper in 1999, playing at Wembley against Holland and throughout their Centenary Shield campaign.

He was given his first team debut at the start of last season against Bristol City in August. His determination to succeed was never in doubt, however, his performaces were by his own high standards under par.

He played in the first six games of the season but was then dropped for the now departed Kevin Dearden. He was then offered a loan move to Rushden and Diamonds before Christmas 2000 but only played two games.

With Dearden's departure he is now in a prime position to battle for the number one shirt with David Walsh.

Hector Sam
Position:  Forward
Height:  5ft 9in
Weight:  11st 5lbs
Date Of Birth: 25.02.78
Place Of Birth: Trinidad
Previous Club: CF Financial (Trin)
The second of the Trinidadians to sign for Wrexham. Sam played for a local team in Port of Spain and has been capped by his country at several levels including full international.

He opened his account for Wrexham with a goal in his first game - a friendly fixture against Sheffield Wednesday.

Sam set the Racecourse alight after his debut against Bristol City in August (2000), in the next six matches he averaged a goal a game.

However, the remainder of the season will be one that Hector will want to forget. In his next 16 appearances he was unable to find the back of the net and looked to have fallen out of favour with Dragons boss Brian Flynn.

Waynne Phillips
Position: Midfield
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 11st
Date Of Birth: 15.12.70
Place Of Birth: Bangor
Previous Club: Stockport County
A former trainee with the club, he returned to the Racecourse last summer after spending 18 months with Stockport County in the First Division.

Born in Bangor, Waynne was spotted by the Wrexham scouts at a young age and progressed through our junior ranks until joining as a YTS player in 1987.

Offered a professional contract in 1989, he is one of only two current players who were with the club prior to Brian Flynn taking over as manager in November 1989.

With some 250 appearances for Wrexham, he was transferred to Edgeley Park in February 1998, but never really settled with the English club.

Phillips has had two injury-ravaged seasons with ankle damage but with his contract up at the end of the season he must start to impress boss Brian Flynn if his services are to be retained at the Racecourse.

Steve Roberts

Position: Defender
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 11st 6in
Date Of Birth: 24.02.80
Place Of Birth: Wrexham
Previous Club: Trainee
Broke into the first team the season before last and has secured a regular place with some assured performances. Now in his third season as a professional, Steve came through the ranks at the Racecourse, following in the path of his older brother Neil.

A Wales Youth international in his own righ he has caught the eye of several Premiership clubs, but is concentrating on the task of gaining more experience with Wrexham. Scored his first goal for the club with the opener at Kettering, in the televised FA Cup first round replay.

He picked up a terrible injury at Oxford in April 2000, breaking a leg in a typically committed challenge. Which forced him to miss the remainder of the season, but he is now raring to go and is pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

Steve Thomas
Position: Midfield
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 11st 7lbs
Date Of Birth: 23.06.79 
Place Of Birth: Hartlepool
Previous Club: Trainee
A former YTS trainee and now in his third season as a professional. Made his senior
debut at Newtown in the FAW Cup and has been on the bench for several Football League games. A native of Hartlepool, Steve has Welsh qualifications and has played for his adopted country many times at youth level, before having his first Wrexham start against Cardiff early in 1997/98.

Made his Football League debut against Stoke City in September 1998 and scored our winning goal against Caernarfon Town in the FAW Premier Cup. Broke his ankle in December 1998, but returned to the senior squad towards the end of the season and has kept himself in contention for a place in the starting line-up.

David Walsh 
Position:  Goalkeeper
Height:  6.01
Weight:  12.05
Date Of Birth:  29.04.79
Place Of Birth:  Wrexham
Previous Club:  Trainee
Has acted as back up to Kevin Dearden mostly. To date, Walsh has appeared in the first team for FAW Premier Cup games.

A Welsh Under-21 squad member, he is now in his second Season as a professional and has shown that he has the ability to progress further.


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