Mark Griffiths: An open letter to Geoff Moss

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Mark Griffiths

AN OPEN LETTER TO GEOFF MOSS

Dear Geoff,

I hate to have to write this, but I’m worried. I’ve had a fair bit of contact with you over the past five years, and I’ve always found you to conduct yourself like someone with a genuine passion for football and for Wrexham Football Club.

Indeed, the way you engage with the playing side is consistent with how any fan would behave after matches. You rail against referees, have strong opinions on how events unfold on the pitch, revel in victory and clearly don’t take defeat well.
That’s why I’m profoundly bothered and confused.

What has appeared in the public domain in recent weeks has looked horribly similar to the unpleasant scenarios we’ve seen acted out in the past, both at this club and others.

You know that the fans battled tooth and nail to gain possession of The Racecourse just five years ago. For Heaven’s sake, you were in the heart of that battle yourself!

You know those same fans are horrified at the thought that, so soon afterwards, it appears lost after all.

You also know that what people experience in life shapes them. When you go through a trauma, it changes you. Wrexham’s fans went through hell under Alex Hamilton and Mark Guterman, and are naturally eager to avoid that happening again.

We also developed an understanding of the legal ins and outs of club ownership, insolvency law and property development which we never wished to acquire. Those factors mean your actions are naturally closely scrutinised.

Can’t you see that such an aware group of people will look at this week’s take-over and want to know exactly who is behind it?

That they would regard the Crusaders, through no fault of the rugby club’s players or fans, as a cuckoo in the nest? A vehicle which has helped facilitate the separation of the ground from the football club whose financial instability threatens the very existence of Wrexham FC?

Can’t you imagine how the fans felt when they heard your plans to take The Racecourse from them and charge rent for the privilege of playing at the ground they’ve called home since 1872?

I can’t help thinking of the Salisbury game last month, your son could have made his debut there and the fans gave him a good reception when his name was announced. It must have crossed your mind that it could have gone the other way though.

And all because of your business plan. Surely it’s not too late to re-evaluate things, for all our sakes?

MARK GRIFFTHS

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