The National League journey undertaken by Wrexham in the 2022/23 season was one of the most talked about football stories of the year, with Ryan Reynolds and Rob McIlhenny bankrolling their side back into the football league, following a painstaking 15 year absence.
Such was the dominance that the Reds enjoyed in the National League that many expected them, and their close rivals throughout last season Notts County, to breeze through League Two and push up the leagues in rapid time.
Prior to the opening game of the 2022/23 League Two season, Wrexham were the hot favourites with all of the major UK betting sites to win the League Two title, with the reds odds on at a few bookies to achieve promotion.
However, as every football fan and punter will know when it comes to football betting sites UK, anything can happen in the lower leagues and Wrexham’s chastening opening to life in the football league was a reminder of just how tough it is to scale the divisions in English football quickly.
An opening day 5-3 defeat to MK Dons at the Racecourse was a timely reminder to the Wrexham fans of the difficulties league football can pose and a 5-5 draw with Swindon Town was representative of just how chaotic League Two can be at times.
Further draws on the road at Barrow and AFC Wimbledon demonstrated the need for Wrexham to keep things tight at the back, as well as continue to play on the front foot and Phil Parkinson was vocal in his need to address the issues being faced by his side.
However, as the season heads towards October, Wrexham appear to have gained a semblance of momentum in League Two, with no losses endured since the opening day defeat to MK Dons and they have snuck under the radar somewhat – sitting 4th in the table.
The infancy of the season is sure to bring about plenty of thrills and spills along the way for the team from the Racecourse Ground but there is a growing sense of optimism that perhaps, back-to-back promotions could be on the cards in North Wales.
Big name recruits
The global success of the Welcome to Wrexham documentary has posed a strange situation to Wrexham, who need to sign players that will win them football matches and those that will raise the profile of the club.
Former England goalkeeper Ben Foster came back to assist Wrexham in their hour of need last season but a poor start to this term, saw the veteran hang up his gloves once more. Phil Parkinson has decided to delve into the market for two more established names in the form of Irish winger James McClean and Scottish striker Steven Fletcher.
Both players are in the twilight stages of their careers but can certainly offer a new angle in League Two and the Reds will be hoping they can make meaningful contributions as the season develops.
Super Paul Mullin
A pre-season tour to America was deemed a huge commercial success by Wrexham, who continue to mobilise the profile of the club on a worldwide scale. The tour however did come at a price, with star striker Paul Mullin left with a punctured lung following a robust challenge against Manchester United, an injury that left Mullin out of action for almost two months.
His return to the side in the last couple of games has galvanised the reds and the very presence of Mullin in a promotion push could prove vital, particularly in tight games where key individuals can make the difference.
Whether Wrexham will go on to live up to their pre-season promise and achieve promotion to League One this season remains to be seen but with the reds gathering momentum, the fans at the Racecourse Ground are starting to believe of glory once more.