Andy Holt believes
beating the League One drop would propel Wrexham alongside the comic
book heroes he followed in Roy of the Rovers as a boy.
The Football League's
deduction of 10 points for the Red Dragons slipping into administration
last December is still the millstone around Wrexham's neck ahead of
their final home game against Brentford tonight.
Put simply, Denis
Smith's braves have to ground the Bees and then Huddersfield on
Saturday, while Oldham have to lose to Bradford in their final game and
Milton Keynes do no better than draw against Tranmere.
Successive victories on
the road at Port Vale and doomed Stockport has given Wrexham hope that
they can add league survival to the LDV Vans Trophy won at the
Millennium Stadium last month.
Holt said, "Obviously,
this is a match that we must get three points from.
"Brentford might be
trying to get into the play-offs, but our need is more pressing than
"If we don't win, we're
down. That's the simple equation we are faced with.
"But a victory against
Brentford would pile the pressure on Milton Keynes and Oldham.
"If we could take all
of this into the final day of the season who knows what will unfold?"
Should Wrexham avoid
returning to a section they escaped two years ago it would, arguably
given the acute financial concerns over the last 12 months, rank with
anything they've achieved since their formation in 1872.
Ex-Hull City winger
Holt said, "It would be a real-life fairytale if we could stay up - it
would be right up there with anything I read as a kid in those Roy of
the Rovers comics.
"I do feel we deserve
to avoid relegation given the circumstances why we're in this
"I look at our manager
(Smith) and it justifies all the reasons for my move from Hull to
Wrexham last summer.
"He is deserving of
recognition because of the way he's shielded us as players from the
"I think the gaffer
took a lot on his shoulders, yet he's also been a source of
As well as Smith,
several Wrexham players are out of contract come July 1 and highly-rated
midfielder Mark Jones, striker Juan Ugarte, and Trinidadian
international Carlos Edwards are already attracting interest from the
But Stockport-born Holt
and inspirational skipper Darren Ferguson are two of eight Red Dragons
contracted at the Racecourse until the summer of 2006.
"Somebody asked me
about Hull the other day," added Holt.
"Seeing them get
promotion to the Championship this season really gave me a terrific
"They are a club
deserving of success because of the tremendous fans they possess, these
are supporters who've backed Hull through thick and thin.
"The manager, Peter
Taylor, is forward thinking and he has terrific backing from his
chairman Adam Pearson.
"Who knows, I could be
playing my football in League Two next season and Hull will be two
sections above me.
"But I've enjoyed being
at Wrexham, it's been quite an education."