TheWestern Mail

May 3 2005

By David Wolfe


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.

Andy HoltThe 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 theirs.

"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 unfortunate position.

"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 trouble.

"I think the gaffer took a lot on his shoulders, yet he's also been a source of inspiration."

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 Championship.

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 boost.

"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."



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