Tag: Wrexham

Wrexham’s Proposed New Owners Fail To Impress Their Audience

Going into tonights match aganst Altrincham, Wrexham FC had won five matches in a row in the league, lifting them to fourth place in the table and, while they may have left things a little too late to be able to launch a challenge for the title itself for this season, a place in the play-offs is firmly within their grasp and should they continue the sort of form that they have shown of late they would fancy their chances against anybody come the end of the season. Yet, while this makes a refreshing change for a support base that has become dispiritingly accustomed to under-achievement on the pitch, the story of Wrexham’s season could yet turn out to be defined by what is happening off the pitch rather than the team’s achievements on it. We have reported before on the behaviour of the club’s owners, Ian Roberts and Geoff Moss, at the beginning of January, in what looked like a deliberate strategy of separating Wrexham FC from The Racecourse Ground, its home since 1872 and the oldest international football stadium in the world that still hosts international matches. Although Roberts protested, somewhat feebly, that, “We actually view it as strengthing The Racecourse position because one of the sideways issues is as a football club owning the stadium”, it is already starting to become apparent that Roberts and Moss...

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Video Of The Week: Stand Your Ground; Alex Hamilton And Wrexham

We’ve covered Wrexham on this site a couple of times over the last week or so and will be continuing to see this story through to its completion. Tonight, though, here’s a chance to see the BBC Wales documentary “Stand Your Ground”, which was broadcast as part of the “Week In Week Out” series and gives an excellent account of the background behind last Wrexham’s last battle to save The Racecourse Ground, that time from the property developer Alex Hamilton. If you are reading this from the mobile version of the site you will have problems seeing this video, but there is a link to the full site at the foot of the page and should be able to see it from there. Our thanks go to the original uploader. You can still sign the petition for Wrexham FC here. Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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The Fight For Wrexham Football Club Continues

We reported on here last week about the alarming turn that the future of Wrexham Football Club had taken with news of the intention of the club’s owners to make them pay rent to continue to play at The Racecourse Ground in the future. Wrexham FC theoretically owns its home of one hundred and thirty-eight years, but ownership now seems to be set to passed to a holding company called Wrexham Village a couple of years ago. They now share it with the Crusaders Rugby Football League Club and both will pay what has been stated as £300,000 for upkeep of the ground per year. In addition to this, it has this week started to become evident that the fortunes of the two clubs are more closely intertwined than supporters of either might hope for. Crusaders RLFC were put into administration in October of last year and exited it on Christmas Eve, but what is curious is what happened while the rest of the world was putting its finishing touches to preparations for the holiday period. Earlier this week, however, it was revealed that, on Christmas Eve, a charge was placed against The Racecourse Ground in favour of the Rugby Football League and Super League. A charge is effectively security against a debt against property. Meaning that a debt incurred by somebody can be enforced, if not paid, through...

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Wrexham Supporters Prepare To Man The Barricades Again

As 2011 got under way with the eyes of the football world turned in the direction of how long Manchester United can stay unbeaten in the Premier League or how long Roy Hodgson can stay in his current job, supporters of Blue Square Premier club Wrexham, a club that seems incapable of going for much more than a couple of years without some sort of crisis engulfing it, were finding out about a scheme that  could potentially come to threaten the very existence of the club itself. Wrexham’s supporters are, however, somewhat long in the tooth when it comes to protesting against owners that are planning to sell them down the river, and the club’s owners might just find that their latest wheeze ends up proving to be something of a headache. When Alex Hamilton and Mark Guterman took over the ownership of Wrexham in 2004, the fears of supporters were quickly realised. They anticipated that Hamilton and Guterman planned to run the club into the ground capitalise on the value of its only significant asset, The Racecourse Ground, which he had acquired the freehold to in 2002. The club’s rent jumped up from £1 to £30,000 per year and, sure enough, in September 2004, he gave the club notice of eviction. This, however, was challenged in court after he resigned his position as chairman of the club whilst retaining his...

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The Return Of Stephen Vaughan? Wrexham Beware.

He’s back, and it’s almost if he never went away. The return of Stephen Vaughan onto our radar would be funny, if it weren’t for the fact that his involvement in anything to do with football (or, indeed, rugby league) wasn’t such a portent of doom for those likely to be on the receiving end of him. Vaughan has pitched up for an interview with the Chester Leader, stating that he is part of a consortium that is planning to purchase Blue Square Premier club Wrexham. Vaughan was barred from acting as a company director this time last year after being admitting to carousel fraud (a type of VAT fraud), but he seems to be of the opinion that this will not be an issue because “I would be involved strictly as an investor and would have no part in the day-to-day running of the club”. It is, of course, worth taking a moment to consider Vaughan’s recent in history in the game. He resigned his position at Barrow AFC in 1998 after an HMRC investigation into money laundering at the club, but this didn’t stop Barrow being liquidated in January of 1999 and the club being demoted from the Football Conference at the end of the 1998/99 season. It later transpired that Vaughan had unlawfully transferred the ownership of the club’s Holker Street ground into that of his...

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