IT’S no laughing matter but the joke has most definitely been at Wrexham’s expense looking at the side’s horrendous record on April Fool’s Day over the years.

You have to go back to 1963 for the last time the Reds won a game on April 1. They haven’t won since - an unlucky 13-game run stretching 58 years.

Their last defeat was in 2017 when an own goal from young defender Olly Marx (pictured right) gave Tranmere Rovers a 1-0 win at The Racecourse.

They’ve lost to Tranmere, Mansfield, Blackpool, Reading, Port Vale, Grimsby twice and Notts County, who they visit on Good Friday for a game against the oldest professional clubs in England and Wales.

The draws came against Macclesfield, Bradford City, Walsall, Barrow and an amazingly a goal-less one at Gillingham in the never-to-be-forgotten 1977/78 Division Three title winning season.

That result ended a run of seven straight league wins for Arfon Griffith’s sensational side of the Seventies.

And Griffiths was one of the scorers in that 5-1 win in 1963 when the Sky Blues were sent back to Coventry in thumping fashion.

Ron Barnes and Mickey Metcalf were also on the scoresheet along with two-goal man-of-the-match, Brian Whitehouse in front of an 11,192 Racecourse crowd.

Whitehouse enjoyed a real purple parch in his career at Wrexham. Signed from Norwich in 1962m he scored 26 goals in 54 appearances before securing a moving to Crystal Palace the following year.

Wrexham’s three other victories from a 21-game stretch on April 1 including a 1-0 war-time win at Wolves in 1944.

REDS APRIL 1 RECORD: P 21; W 4; D 6; L 11