Monday, 24 March 2008

I don't believe it!

Well, that was shocking wasn't it? How many chances did we want?

It's the same old story, isn't it? We play well, create chances and fail to score. At least we got a point today, usually we lose this sort of game. It's not good enough. Definately two points dropped today.

I was still fairly confident of us maintaining our league status before this weekend, but after the defeat away to Brentford and the stale-mate at home today against Dagenham & Redbridge, I'm afraid to say that I think we are going down. I hope that I can be proved wrong though, obviously!

Saturday, 22 March 2008

I thought this was about football...?

Well I was going to talk about the game today, but after reading the 'match thread' on 'red passion', I'm a bit annoyed to say the least.

Once again,. I get ripped into for doing the's a shame I wasn't actually doing it today though isn't it? Club Secretary, Geraint Parry covered the game for Wrexham World today, and had to put up with using a standard telephone line, which is not ideal for football commentary.

Also, it's stated on the Red Passion message board today details of a private conversation that myself and a member had concerning my commentaries, it's good to know that confidence can be broken on RP.

It is stated that I don't take too kindly to name calling, but when I was called 'a mumbling incoherent buffoon', I feel that it is my human right to be a little bit aggrieved by it.

I don't have to provide anything for Wrexham World, Wrexham AFC, of Radio Maelor, but I do for free in my spare time, just the same as Mark does. In fact, the Wrexham World broadcast is the Hospital Broadcast, so Wrexham fans are actually lucky to get this service, rather than Premium TV just using the BBC radio feed, like they do for so many other clubs.

I'll state again that the minute that Mark tells me that he's unhappy with what I provide for the hospital broadcast, then I'll step down, but I will not be bullied out of it be people on Red Passion who obviously need to grow up and do something with their lives.

Oh, as it's already been cited, and for those who are interested, here is the private message conversation that was had on Red Passion. Obviously, the first message is at the bottom.

Hello Rich

I guess we shall have to agree to disagree. I certainly haven't got a grudge against you, I don't even know you as a person.
I stand by the spirit of what I said, I can't understand what you say, though I can understand Mark.

The only solution in future I guess when you are commentating will be for me to switch to the oppostions commentary.

As before, I am sorry I caused you offence, a bit thoughtless of me, but I am sure you know how a lot of Wrexham fans feel at the moment.....frustrated. It must be worse for you, being at the 'pointy' end!!

Happy New year to you also

Originally Posted by wrexham till i die
Hi Paul,

Apology accepted for the name calling.

How does my admission that I'm not a play-by-play commentator jutify what you have said? The commentary I provided was not helped by the fact that the wind was blowing right across the stand and across the microphone.

Again, I must say that it only ever seems to be the same couple of people who ever complain. Where as other people can easily understand what is being said.

We always make recordings of the games, and we nearly always listen back to them either in full or in an edited down format. You saying to me that you're not happy is not going to stop me doing what I do. At the end of the day, if Mark wasn't happy with my efforts, then I certainly wouldn't still be doing it. However, Mark is very happy with what I have added to the broadcast.

The bosses at the radio station that I broadcast on in Warrington are very happy with me, as are the people that I write freelance for. It's only ever the couple of people on RP that have a problem with me...interesting that...

Anyway, that's that...I'll say no more.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Kind regards
Rich Holmes

Originally Posted by
First of all, allow me to apologise for the inappropriate choice of words used in my post, borne out of frustration. There was no call for personal namecalling, so I hold my hands up on that.

However, I do stand by my comments that I found it nigh on impossible to understand anything that you said, and that also goes for the occasions when you summarise when Mark Griffiths does the commentary.

By all means continue with your efforts, though your admission that you are not a "play-by-play commentator" does somewhat justify my observations.

It is just an internat forum...... and nothing more (as you imply).

Like I said, I apologise for the ill chosen words. though you might consider making, and then playing back, a recording of your next endeavour and see whether you are happy with it?


Paul Cox

Maybe I'm just as bad for making that public, but I'm fed up of it all to be honest, there are more important things in life, and I have enough to deal with at the moment as it is.

Anyway, I'm off now to probably regret writing this. Oh well, it's not like I'm not used to abuse.

I look forward to Monday, and a vital three points for Wrexham


Monday, 17 March 2008

Can we do it?

It's been a hell of a long time since I've actually written anything in my Wrexham FC blog, but sitting at home on a Sunday night/Monday morning kind of inspired me to sit back down and type...once I'd remembered the username and password that is!!

I've not been around much recently due to personal problems, but I was at Chester last weekend, where we took a much needed three points. It wasn't the prettiest of games, but we won...we scored two goals...and that was worth much more than just playing well.

It was refreshing because we often play quite well and take nothing. Whereas against Chester, it was two poor teams, in a poor game. We took our chances (for a change), and they didn't.

The win over Bury was crucial this Saturday, and I'm gutted that I missed it. Now we need to look forward to this coming weekend, when we play Brentford, another must win game, although I'd take a point as long as we beat Dagenham On Easter Monday.

So, can we do it? Can we beat what seems like certain relegation for a second season on the bounce? Well I bloody well hope so! A couple of weeks ago I was pretty much resigned to the fact that we would go down, but now, now I'm not so sure! I don't think my heart could take another game like the one we played against Boston on the final day of last season!

Hopefully, I'll get back into the habit of writing these things more often again, but until next time, take it easy and keep the faith.