The FA Cup Third Round: Brighton & Wrexham – Fans United

The FA Cup Third Round this weekend sees a handful of fascinating ties for the non-league clubs still in the competition, with Blue Square Premier title chasers Fleetwood Town taking on Blackpool, Tamworth travelling to Goodison Park to play Everton and Salisbury City of the Blue Square South making the journey to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United. At the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, meanwhile, Blue Square Premier leaders Wrexham will be taking on Brighton & Hove Albion, and this is a match that has special significance for a club that has only recently emerged from the trauma of twelve months which saw the club’s future seemingly perpetually under threat. In 2004, their club was under threat as it has been of late. Under the ownership of Alex Hamilton and Mark Guterman, protests had been forming as the intention of the owners, to strip the ground away from the club, became apparent. Hamilton’s response to his attempt at a land-grab was to label the protesting supporters as Luddite terrorists who should be locked up in cages”, but such comments were obviously not going to stop the protests against him. Having transferred the ownership of the ground into the name of one of his companies in the September of that year, he resigned his position on the board of directors of the club at the end of October 2004,...

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