THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

9 October ~ Today Wrexham will face Hayes & Yeading United but I won't be programming the Church Road postcode into my satnav as I've done on our previous two visits to face the giants of Middlesex. After selling the 4,500-capacity site to housing developers, United are currently groundsharing at Kingfield Stadium, home of Woking, while their new ground is built on the site of Yeading's old ground, The Warren. This seems fair enough until you consider that supporters will be expected to make a 40-mile round trip to Surrey for "home" games and that club finances will be strained by paying rent and losing peripheral sources of income until they transfer to Yeading.

Work on the Beaconsfield Road stadium is due to be completed before the end of the season but, following years of being tricked and deceived, Wrexham fans are ideally placed to advise their United counterparts to take nothing for granted. 

Such a suspicious outlook is the by-product of years of financial uncertainty, protests over Wrexham's owners and doubts about the future of the Racecourse stadium. The clouds of gloom that have dogged the club for years have recently started to clear, though. In August, Glyndwr University signed an agreement to buy the Racecourse and Collier's Park training ground.

Then, last month, after protracted negotiations, Wrexham Supporters' Trust were given the green light to buy the club from owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts, whose tenure has been steeped in controversy. At the time of writing, the trust are running the club under a licence agreement until the football authorities sign off their full ownership, expected to happen within the next two to three weeks.

Amid all this political progress there have also been some impressive performances on the field of play, with the team among the early pacesetters at the top of the Blue Square Premier. League clubs were alerted to this modest success and when Doncaster Rovers sacked Sean O'Driscoll they lured Dean Saunders away from the Racecourse as his replacement. Reaction to this news was mixed but the more considered supporter saw his departure in a positive light due to his high wage demands, fractious relationship with the trust and his assembly of a budget-stretching playing squad.

There is no shortage of applicants for the vacant position but caretaker-manager Andy Morrell has won three of his four games in charge to lead the Dragons back to the top of the table and earn himself an extended period at the helm. While Morrell maintains the momentum stumbled upon by Saunders, he will enjoy the backing of the fans who, for the time being, are free from boardroom squabbles and concentrating on the football, whichever county they're visiting. Nathan Lee Davies

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