Wrexham: The European Era & Through the Trap Door 1972-2008
by Peter Jones
This is two books in one. In 2002 Peter Jones published Wrexham: The European Era. His story began in 1972, when the club first competed in the European Cup-Winners Cup. This was undoubtedly the most successful and dramatic period in the clubs history. The European era also saw numerous acts of domestic giant-killing. The victims included Southampton, Sunderland, Newcastle, Ipswich, West Ham and in the most famous giant-slaying of all champions Arsenal in the FA Cup. In 2008 Peter Jones then published Wrexham: Through the Trap Door, which carried the tale to that fateful day when the club lost its League status. It seems hard to believe now, but in May 1998 Wrexham were moments away from the third-level play-offs. Who knows, they might have been playing in the second level. Ten years along the Road to Hell they found themselves in the fifth level. It had not been all pain: there was promotion in 2003 to celebrate; lifting the LDV Trophy at the Millennium Stadium in 2005; and the joyous last-day victory over Boston in 2007 which (temporarily) preserved League status. But those highs only made the agony of demotion from the League even more acute.
- Desert Island Books, October 2012
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