Tag: Wrexham

Is Wrexham FC Hanging By A Thread?

It has been a busy couple of days for sport in Wrexham, but there is very little positivity that we can take from the last forty-eight hours or so. More or less exactly as we were posting our last update, regarding the decision of the Wrexham owner Geoff Moss not to apply for a three year extension to the Super League for his Crusaders Rugby Football League Club, Wrexham FC was posting up two statements on the club’s official site regarding recent developments at the club. They both made for interesting reading, not least because they seemed to demonstrate a lack of self-awareness which borders upon the bizarre. The first statement, released on Tuesday night, can be seen here. Perhaps the stand-out line from this is concerning Colin Poole, the disqualified solicitor who was looking to purchase the club earlier this year. Describing Poole as “a very likeable man” (which we have no reason not to believe, though whether this qualifies him to own a football club – we know that he would have failed the FA’s Fit & Proper Persons Test, though), the writer of the statement clearly seems disappointed that this take-over didn’t happen, and the references to the amount of time that the WST needed to take over its due diligence carry the implication – and this is not the first time that this has been...

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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 Suddenly, and with a great deal of warning, the Rugby Football League announced this morning that Crusaders RFLC had withdrawn their application to play in the Super League from 2012 to 2014.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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New Players – Yet Again – In The Battle For Wrexham

Well, no-one ever said it was going to be easy, but the last time we reported upon the goings-on at Wrexham Football Club there was cautious cause for optimism that the issues relating to the survival of the club might be finally starting to reach a happy conclusion. With the pantomime-like array of alternative bidders having drifted away – Stephanie Booth, of whom regular readers of this site will already be fully aware, had several of her hotels placed into administration, leading to seventy redundancies – the way seemed clear for the Wrexham Supporters Trust to affect a take-over of the club. Wrexham Football Club, however, wouldn’t be Wrexham Football Club if there wasn’t a hidden trap somewhere along the line, and the cryptic events of the last few days would appear to have thrown yet another spanner into these particular works. The take-over of the club could not be completed until vigorous due diligence had been carried out upon the club’s finances, of course. The club’s precarious financial position had been thrown into a very harsh light by the events surrounding their involvement in the end of season play-offs, when they were threatened with exclusion if an outstanding bill to the taxman wasn’t paid on time, and it made perfect sense that the WST’s checking of the club’s current financial situation would need to be carried out with...

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Following The Fortunes Of Wrexham

We have been paying close attention to the goings-on at Wrexham Football Club over the last few months, and have decided to bring together all of the articles on the subject for quick and – hopefully – easy reference. Mistrust had been building between the supporters of the club and the owners for some considerable time, and November saw a story that proved to be a portent for what would come to follow over the next six months, as various speculators locked horns with the club’s supporters trust for ownership of the oldest professional football club in Wales. The Return Of Stephen Vaughan? Wrexham Beware: Stephen Vaughan had already been banned from acting as a company director, but this didn’t stop him from announcing that he was interested in backing a consortium to purchase the club. Wrexham Supporters Prepare To Man The Barricades Again: By the new year, it was becoming apparent that the problems at the club were quite severe. Time, then, for a little background into the recent problems that the club has had and the decision of the owners to mortgage a debt incurred by their owners other venture, Crusaders, against The Racecourse, as well as the possibility of the club being charged rent to stay there. The Fight For Wrexham Football Club Continues: It was now apparent that a £700,000 debt owed to the Rugby...

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Some Positive News, At Last, At Wrexham

That such a volte-face should come about so quickly was, to be perfectly frank, a surprise. This time last week, Wrexham FC had been sold to a consortium led by Jon Harris which was probably backed by Colin Poole and that, they wished us to believe, was that. Although it felt as if the fight wasn’t over yet and a visit to Poole’s Netley Hall in Shropshire at the weekend may well have been an embarrassment to him – not least because of several of the comments that his wife made at the time – there was still a suspicion that this particular battle was slipping away from the supporters of the club. While there was nothing to link Wrexham Supporters Trust with the direction action method that had been chosen by some of the club’s support, it seemed likely that the rest of this week would be spent with thinly-veiled (if veiled at all) accusations that the trust itself had been behind such actions, along with further allegations being made. They didn’t have to wait very long for the allegations to spring forth. An article on the Daily Post’s website stated that there had been two arson attempts made against the student flats that cluster around a part of The Racecourse Ground, and Ian Roberts was quick to attempt to link this to other events with the somewhat...

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