THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

6 December ~ Wrexham of the Conference Premier head into their FA Cup second round game against Maidstone United hoping to show their superiority over the Isthmian League club. In 1978 Division Three Wrexham beat Newcastle United in the fourth round, a result which frustrated many fans in the north-east because it meant the Magpies missed out on playing local non-League club Blyth Spartans. Instead Wrexham, after a reply at St James’ Park, ended Blyth’s remarkable run and earned themselves a home quarter-final tie against Arsenal. (Blyth reached the third round again last night when they defeated League Two Hartlepool.) Despite a spirited fight, Arsenal triumphed 3-2 in Wales and beat Leyton Orient in the semi-final before losing to Ipswich at Wembley. Wrexham, meanwhile, went on to win promotion from Division Three for the first time.

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