WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
Wrexham AFC, The Dragons, 1864. The oldest club in Wales, third oldest in the world!
WHERE IS THE MATCH BEING PLAYED?
At the Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham, (Capacity 10,771)
HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?
The Dragons finished 8th last season, with 68 points, missing out on the play-offs by one place and one point.
HOW DID SHOTS GET ON AGAINST THEM LAST SEASON?
Both sides won their home games against each other last season. In November 2020, a Luke Young strike earned the Dragons all three points at the Racecourse. In February of this year, The Shots slayed the Dragons 3-0, thanks to two goals from Joel Nouble and one from Jermaine Anderson. In November 2022, the Dragons beat Aldershot 5-0 at the EBB Stadium.
WHO’S THEIR GAFFER:
53-year old Phil Parkinson, a former midfielder with more than 500 appearances for Bury and Reading, was appointed Wrexham AFC Manager in July 2021. He’s now an experienced “Gaffer”, having taken up his first managerial role back in 2003 at the age of 35, to take the reins at Colchester United and steer them to the Championship. After a brief spell in charge at Hull City, he joined Charlton, initially to assist then manager Alan Curbishley. In 2011, he took over at Bradford City and famously led them to the 2013 League Cup Final – becoming the only manager to steer a fourth tier club to that achievement! He has more recently managed the likes of Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland.
WREXHAM’S PLAYING SQUAD:
Wrexham retained a high number of players from last season, including Goalkeeper Rob Lainton, wing-back Reece Hall-Johnson, Midfielders Jordan Davies & Luke Young and forwards Dior Angus and Kwame Thomas. Parkinson made some impressive signings in the close season, with several players dropping down to the National League from the EFL, including; Centre-Backs Shaun Brisley (Port Vale) & Aaron Hayden (Carlisle United), Midfielders, Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) & James Jones (Lincoln City) and forward Paul Mullin (Cambridge United) who is Wrexham’s joint top scorer in all competitions along with Davies. Parkinson’s most recent signing is Striker Ollie Palmer (from Wimbledon for an estimated £300k). Palmer score a brace in the 2-0 midweek win at Chesterfield, a result that lifted the Dragons to 5th place in the National League.
WHO’S GOT THE WHISTLE?
Saturday’s referee is Thomas Kirk. This season, to date, he has taken charge of just 1 National League matches, showing 2 Yellow Cards and 0 Red Cards.
WHERE TO FOLLOW THE MATCH:
If you are not going to Wexham, there will be ‘Live’ BBC Radio Surrey Sport Online commentary of the match with Rob Worrall and Guest Summariser, long term Aldershot Town supporter, Steve Aspinall. There will also be Social Media coverage on Instagram & Twitter (@OfficialShots) with team news, updates and post-match coverage throughout the afternoon.