SUPPORTERS get the chance to see Brian Little’s new-look Wrexham side in action for the first time on Saturday when they welcome Wolves to the Racecourse for their pre-season opener (3pm).
Six summer recruits and a trio of trialists are likely to feature against the Championship giants, whose squad includes a number of Wales internationals like goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as well as new £1 midfielder from Derby, David Jones, who was brought up in Marford and was on the books of the Dragons as a kid.
Boss Little said: “We’re all looking forward to Wolves. I think their manager Mick McCarthy would echo my sentiments in saying that it’s a training exercise for everyone to watch. That’s not to say it won’t be enjoyable, as I’m sure fans will be interested to see how our experiments are going and how partnerships settle in certain positions.”
The visit of McCarthy’s men – tickets for which cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions in the Mold Road and Yale stands – is expected to draw the biggest crowd of Wrexham’s three warm-up matches played on home turf.
Supporters have being showing their commitment to the club, following its relegation to the Blue Square Premier, as season-ticket sales have broken through the 1,000-barrier.
Little said: “We’ve got great supporters and we’re very pleased with the response so far. From my point of view all I can do is try and entertain them by building a good team that wins football matches.”
Little is running the rule over former Trinidad & Tobago international Brent Sancho, whose dreadlocks were famously pulled by Peter Crouch when scoring for England at the last World Cup. The 31-year-old has joined fellow centre-back David Ogilby and striker Drew Fahiya on trial and played in behind-closed-doors clashes this week.
Three more players released by Little at the end of last season have moved on. Attacker Chris Llewellyn has followed Richard Hope to League Two’s Grimsby while strikers Jamie Reed and Alex Darlington have signed for Rhyl and The New Saints respectively.
Two of Wrexham’s first four BSP fixtures are to be screened live on Setanta Sports. The trip to York City on Thursday, August 14 will be in front of the cameras as will the home date with Oxford United seven days later. For a cut-out-and-keep Dragons fixture list see page 39.
Long-serving Racecourse groundsman Johnny Edwards has retired at 68. The club will stage a testimonial match and dinner in his honour.
The club shop is being moved to the site of Dickens Garage on Mold Road – part of the plans unveiled by Geoff Moss after he bought out fellow co-owner Nev Dickens’ 50% stake in Wrexham. See page three for more.
Bangor City’s UEFA Cup first qualifying round first leg tie against Denmark’s Midtjylland is held at the Raceocurse on Thursday July 17 (7.30pm). Adult tickets cost £10 if bought in advance, £15 on the night.