WREXHAM fans can flick a two-fingered farewell to what has been worrying run of results and disappointing dip in form during February.

It was certainly no Fab-Feb for the promotion-chasing Reds but St David's Day can herald a marvellous March where Wrexham get back on track in their quest fior back-to-back promotions.

Wrexham have six games this month but how will it compare with the promotion years of the past when the month of March proved pivotal when the Reds celebrated going up in 1970, 1978, 1993, 2023 and, of course, last year's title winning season.

Phil Parkinson's men didn't lose a game in March 12 months ago and neither did John Neal's side in 1970 when they finished runners-up in Division Four. But you couldn't beat the run of seven straight wins in 1978 as Arfon Griffiths led the Reds to the Division Three title.

Griffiths' side - Wrexham's best ever in most fans' eyes - began March badly with a 2-1 loss at Oxford United in a month that also included a 3-2 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at home to Arsenal and 3-0 Welsh Cup win over Merthyr Tydfil.

A 2-1 home win over Exeter was followed up by 6-1 Monday night nailing of arch rivals Tranmere Rovers at The Racecourse where Bobby Shinton bagged two and was joined on the scoresheet by Mel Sutton, John Roberts, Mickey Thomas and John Lyons.

A Lyons double sealed a 2-1 win at Swindon; Shinton scored the only goal to see off Walsall at home before thunder-boots Graham Whittle took centre stage.

Whittle scored two in a 3-2 success at Bury, netted in the 2-0 home success over Bradford before scoring all four in a 4-1 triumph at Carlisle.

The biggest league crowd at The Racecourse that month was 15,317 in the Exeter victory where Dixie McNeil grabbed the winner two minutes from time.

Eight years earlier, March was also profitable points-wise as Neal's side won four and drew four of their eight games.

Two of those games were against this season's promotion rivals, Crewe. Ray Smith, Brian Tinnion and Eddie May scored in a 3-2 win at Gresty Road before 10,418 saw the Reds finish off the month with a 2-2 Racecourse draw against The Railwaymen.

The other wins came at Newport (2-1), at home to Peterborough (2-0) and a 6-2 demolition job on Darlington where Bobby Park, Arfon Griffiths, Albert Kinsey, Stuart Mason, Ray Smith and captain May were all on the scoresheet.

Wrexham supporters had to wait another 15 years to celebrate another promotion as Brian Flynn's side finished runners-up in Division Four just two seasons after finishing bottom of the Football League.

March was a good month for Flynnie's fledgling side with three wins and two draws in their five games.

The biggest home gate of that month was just 5,290 where Jonathan Cross and Gary Bennett scored in a 2-0 win against Hereford.

Karl Connolly and Gareth Owen netted in another 2-0 home victory against Lincoln while almost 2,000 travelling Wrexham supporters roared the Reds onto victory when Stevie Watkin scored the only goal at Halifax Town.

Ten years later, Denis Smith's side weren't making waves in their bid to secure a top three finish in League Two.

They won only two of their seven games; Andy Morrell and Scott Green bagging doubles in the home wins against Rushden and Diamonds (3-0) and Hartlepool (2-0).

A Racecourse crowd of 7,024 watched the 3-3 thriller with Shrewsbury while the other draws came at home to York and away at Swansea and Lincoln.

And now for last season and National League title-winners Wrexham would have had a clean sweep of five wins from five but for conceding a calamitous last-minute equaliser at Maidenhead United 12 months ago.

They won 4-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge where Ollie Palmer grabbed a double before an own goal from Southend keeper Steve Arnold secured a a nervy 1-0 home win.

Two Paul Mullin goals secured a crucial 2-1 victory at Bromley before 10,161 saw Elliot Lee, Sam Dalby and an own goal secure a 3-0 home win over York.

Under the totting-up procedure that's 20 wins and just two defeats in 33 March matches in Wrexham's five promotion campaigns in the last 54 years.

So with home games against Accrington, Harrogate, Tranmere and current League Two leaders Mansfield, and just two trips to Morecambe and Grimsby this month, wouldn't it be great to keep that marvellous March record going.


2023: Five games: Four wins a draw

2003: Seven games: Two wins, four draws and one defeat

1993: Five games: Three wins and two draws

1978: Eight games: Seven wins and one defeat

1970: Eight games: Four wins and four draws.

Total March record in Promotion seasons

Played: 33: W 20: D 11 L: 2