Deal for Reds ‘may be completed this week’

Reporter:

Thomas Morton

?A DEAL to sell Wrexham FC to its fans could be completed this week.

Meanwhile, more than 150 Reds supporters stood defiant in the face of the crisis enveloping their club at a meeting at Wrexham Lager Sports and Social Club on Saturday.

The emergency summit was called after Wrexham FC directors announced they had “simply run out of money”, leading to players walking out over unpaid wages and two pre-season friendly matches being cancelled.

Organiser Rob Clarke, a member of Wrexham Supporters’ Trust (WST), whose board hopes to buy the club, said: “I just want to get this club back on its feet and make things happen.”

He said he had talked to trust vice-chair Peter Jones, who, he said, seemed “upbeat” about the prospect of finally doing a deal to buy the club this week and was likewise hopeful that Glyndwr University would be buying the ground.

“Right now this is our club and if we don’t save it, no-one will,” Mr Clarke added.

Meeting organiser Jamie Davies added: “On Thursday, I was thinking we were gone, but now I think we will do it – we’re not hoping, we will.”

The latest statement from the WST says “a deal can still be done”.

It states: “The week ahead is undoubtedly a big one but the possibility of Glyndwr University buying the Racecourse and (training ground) Colliers Park to enable the owners to clear the debt, pay players' wages and sell the club to the trust is very much still alive.”

Directors released figures on the Wrexham FC website yesterday showing £2 million had been put into the club since July 2009, with a turnover this year of £550,000.

The figures were prepared and audited by the club’s accountants, Sedulo Ltd and the supporters’ trust has been invited to view the books.

Owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts say they are revealing the figures to “get rid” of myths surrounding the cash-strapped club's future.

l FANS decided to call off a planned demonstration outside the ground on Saturday and a protest march outside the home of Geoff Moss on Sunday, stating they wanted to stay positive and not jeopardise any deal.

But supporters did march through the town before congregating outside the Guildhall to drum up support for their cause.

Mr Jones later met fans at the Turf to confirm ‘due diligence’ talks on the ground and club were complete and he expected a deal to be struck this week.

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