Wrexhams Ownership: Peering Through The Smoke And Mirrors

It has been another week of spin, mixed messages and division at Wrexham FC, but by the time of the kick-off in their match against Forest Green Rovers this afternoon their supporters may have a better idea of who the new owners of and investors their club are. It is important to differentiate between “having a better idea of” and actually knowing, because we know no more about who the investors behind the Booth bid are than we did at the very beginning. Meanwhile, the club may be left a laughing stock by the public nature of the divisions within the club’s support and the peculiar way in which the decision over who the preferred bidder for the club will be made. Being Wrexham, this isn’t a decision that could merely made by the means of a press statement or even a press conference. A club with an apparently natural flair for making a drama out of a crisis, the preferred bidder was due to be announced with the opening of an envelope before today’s match. It’s uncertain whether this is still to go ahead, but the whole process has taken on the air of a badly-produced episode of The X-Factor, with much of the thin veneer of democracy that this programme provides. The only problem with this is that, in any meaningful sense, it isn’t a democracy. There...

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