Matthew Thomas took on the player – manager role during the summer of 2012. It was an obvious decision from the Wrexham board (who still remain anonymous to this day), and Thomas has successfully managed the dual roles required for a man in his position.
It didn’t all go smoothly for the gaffer. Thomas found himself undertaking the same basic coaching course as ex Wrexham legend Lee Roche at Wrexham’s Colliers Park. As the ex Manchester United right back completed his all his tests and passed all his exams, leaving Matthew behind, who was unable to complete his tests due to only having three wheels on his brand new, top of the range automobile.
Matthew is a honest guy, and will be the first to admit that his career has suffered because of his dodgy Vauxhall motor car. As he opens the local newspaper, Matthew tells me of how he could be managing a far more prestigious clubs, ones with greater history; such as Aldershot Town, Burton or even Accrington Stanley.
Yet Thomas still finds himself at Wrexham. Times had been bad at the North Wales club. Tales of Matthew having to put 20p of his own hard earned cash into the meter to get running water for showers, and when the gaffer himself mowed the hallowed turf one week, as the club could not afford to pay a groundsman.
Journalists like to speculate, often linking Matty with any managerial vacancies that arise in the IFA league. However, the player-manager role he has at Wrexham seems to suit him, with him often lodging himself into the heart of Wrexham’s defence when needed.