Is The Fate Of The Crusaders A Portent For Wrexham?

The news came through like a bolt from the blue. Suddenly, and with a great deal of warning, the Rugby Football League announced this morning that Crusaders RFLC had withdrawn their application to play in the Super League from 2012 to 2014. The club’s website had been taken down (although it is back up and running this evening) and angry supporters of the club were wondering exactly how and why it could be that a club that was purchased from administration as recently as November of last year could be at the brink of closing down. The club’s owner, meanwhile, claimed that the “economic downturn” had left it unsustainable, all of which will be cold comfort to the players and staff of the club, who may now be facing the prospect of redundancy as well as the feeling that everything that they had been working for was, ultimately, in vain. What, you may wonder, does this have to do with football, though? The answer to this question is that Crusaders RFLC share (or shared) The Racecourse Ground with Wrexham FC, and that both clubs are owned by Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts. Moreover, a debt owed to the Rugby Football League by¬†Moss and Roberts¬†was secured against the The Racecourse Ground itself. As such, many Wrexham supporters will this afternoon be wondering whether this is another chapter in some inevitable...

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