Wrexham set for takeover

Last updated : 26 January 2005 By Tony Scholes

The problems were all caused by owner Alex Hamilton who bought the freehold to the ground and wanted to move the club out with the decision bringing about, to put it mildly, strong opposition from the fans.

There’s some light at the end of the tunnel though with news that the club has found a new buyer with Surrey businessman Andrew Smith having agreed a deal with Hamilton that will see him buy 78% of the club plus the freehold to the ground.

Smith is, as is Hamilton, a property developer but he has assured the fans that he wants to put the club on a firmer footing and take it forward.

This Saturday sees a ‘Clubs in Crisis Day’ at Wrexham – please read the press release below.

33 clubs without a game on Saturday urged

to rally supporters to Clubs in Crisis day

FANS United is calling on the 33 English league clubs who have no fixture on Saturday to rally their fans to attend the Clubs in Crisis day at Wrexham.

Thousands of football supporters have already pledged to make next Saturday’s event the biggest fans united day ever.

Two months ago more than 10,000 people gathered at the same ground in a Fans United day to draw attention to Wrexhams FC’s own plight. The 132 year old club is in financial administration, has been docked 10 points by the Football League and faces eviction from its ground on 21 July 2005.

But clubs the length and breadth of the UK also face hard times: Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley, Bury, Cambridge United, Dover Athletic, Hendon FC, East Stirlingshire, Gateshead, Grimsby Town and Rotherham are among many with an uncertain future.

All football fans have been invited to gather at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday 29 January and stand in their team colours alongside Wrexham and Doncaster Rovers supporters to show their solidarity for clubs on the brink of financial ruin.

A Fans United organiser Nic Outterside said: “We are already expecting a bumper crowd at Saturday’s game with pledges of support from as far afield as QPR, Sunderland and Northern Ireland.

“In addition many clubs have taken time to advertise the event on their official message boards and in their match day programmes.

“But with 33 English league clubs without a fixture that day, we are now asking them to rally their fans to join in to help save the heart of British football.

“So from Aston Villa to Wigan, and Hull to Torquay… come along in your thousands and let’s show the FA and Football League that clubs and fans really do care about each other.”