Tag: Wrexham

Poole Out? Maybe, Maybe Not, But The Fight For Wrexham Continues

It has been another strange, confusing week at Wrexham Football Club. The last time we reported on what has been going on there, it seemed as if a deal had been done and that the Wrexham Supporters Trust were at the point of losing out in their bid to take over the running of the club. While one potential bidder – although whether there was anything substantial behind her intention to bid for the club had become more and more questionable as the weeks had progressed – Stephanie Booth, had all but withdrawn from the process, but a deal had, it seemed, been reached between the club’s owners, Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts, and a consortium led by Jon Harris to complete the purchase of the club. Nothing at Wrexham, however, it was it seems for long and we noted last week that the battle for the custodianship of the club ddidn’t end with the apparent Harris take-over, especially since it still contained the involvement of Colin Poole, whose directorship ban and the fact that he had been struck off as a solicitor might, you would have thought, have made him a curious choice to act as a “consultant” to the new owner. Was Poole putting money into the club? If so, how much? Were we to believe that, if he was, that he was to have no say...

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Football’s Values: Unethical, Dishonourable or Ill-Advised?

Currently appearing in the high court are an ex-Pompey director, past owner and recent manager on various charges of tax-evasion. Charged with fraud and unfair trading practices at  court an ex-Cardiff City director and Plymouth chairman, whilst at Wrexham a consortium containing a solicitor debarred on eighteen counts attempts a take over. That’s just so far this month. Not to mention the shenanigans at Port Vale and Plymouth reported by m’colleagues elsewhere on this site. The values demonstrated by the West Ham trio of Gold, Sullivan and Brady with their ‘tactful and understanding’ management style also made interesting reading this week. One comment on Phil McNulty’s blog after the insensitive manner of the sacking of Avram Grant by this conglomerate shows the esteem in which they are held. It suggests that Sullivan’s ‘abuse of the players … is typical and it won’t be long before he gets stuck into the fans who, in his mind, never appreciate his largesse and mastery of the football business.’ I gather fans at Birmingham (what IS going on there?) nurture the same level of affection for their ex-owners. That the largesse so described is derived from the porn industry is a matter often used to deride any team they are involved with and often seems more of a joke than a moral issue. Meanwhile at Pompey in recent times we have had...

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Wrexham FC: Sold Down The River?

That it wasn’t a great surprise doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a disappointment. Geoff Moss, the owner of Wrexham FC, had the chance to do the right thing just the once before handing over ownership of the club to someone else, and he couldn’t even manage to do that in the form of handing ownership of the club to the Wrexham Supporters Trust, preferring instead to hand it over to a group of individuals with no prior interest in Wrexham FC, one of whom is also banned from acting as a company director until 2018 and was as recently as the end of last year was struck off the Solicitors Roll as well. Ironically, notice of this appeared in the Law Gazette (the weekly trade magazine for the British legal profession) at the end of last week. The charm offensive began last night, with interviews for the public face of the consortium, Jon Harris, on the BBC’s Wales Today, ITV’s Wales Tonight and BBC London’s Non-League Show. Harris claims that the banned director, Colin Poole, will only be a “consultant” to his take-over but, significantly, he didn’t state the source of the funding for the take-over, although he did categorically state that Stephen Vaughan, the rogue former owner of Barrow, Chester City and Widnes Viking RFLC, will not be involved in investing in the club now or in the...

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Booth Is Out, But Other Dangers Lurk At Wrexham

In the end, she couldn’t leave without one final sideswipe. Stephanie Booth, whose attempts to take control of Wrexham Football Club – or, perhaps, just The Racecourse Ground – have been characterised by what has occasionally looked at times like a pathological inability to keep quiet when she should have, has exited the ongoing soap opera at The Racecourse Ground with a press statement which invites, as so many of her previous press statements have, more questions than answers. Booth had been initially been greeted with a degree of warmth by supporters of the club, but this turned to scepticism and eventually outright hostility as time came to pass and, although she seemed more than happy to blame many people for the ultimate failure of her interest in getting involved at the club without admitting a great deal of culpability for this herself, it is difficult to avoid the ultimate conclusions that there was never a serious bid put forward by herself and that she only really has herself to blame for the supporters of the club choosing, quite categorically, to not “Back The Booth”. Booth’s full statement can been here. In it, she claims that she, “offered the WST a majority and controlling stake in the football club despite the fact that I would invest most of the money to clear debts leaving their investment for pure equity”,...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Luton Town 2-1 Wrexham (5-1 Agg)

This match was supposed to be a foregone conclusion. Indeed, the final aggregate score perpetuates that feeling. Truth, however, can be stranger than fiction and the supporters of Wrexham FC can be justifiably proud of the performance of their team at Kenilworth Road this evening. In the first leg of this Blue Square Premier play-off, Luton Town put in a display of consumate professionalism at The Racecourse Ground as the home side froze on their big night. This evening, though, a match that should, with all reason, have been little more than a procession for the home side, turned, for half an hour or so into a nervy encounter which threatened to go terribly, horribly wrong for Luton. Unsurprisingly, there was something of a carnival atmosphere around Kenilworth Road tonight. A three goal advantage from the first leg was surely too much to throw away, wasn’t it? The Wrexham manager Dean Saunders – who has already performed outstandingly against a backdrop of unrest which has often spilled over into outright civil war at his club this season – evidently though not, and the visitors began aggressively and positively. After eight minutes, the comeback seemed on course when Adrian Cieslewicz crossed from the right and Andy Mangan poked the ball over the line. The Luton players seemed visibly shaken by this early set-back and Wrexham, with nothing to lose, continued...

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