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How we can stay at Racecourse; Wrexham fans fight to save spiritual home.

Byline: MARK CURRIE and STEVE BAGNALL

FANS battling to keep Wrexham FC at the Racecourse will put an alternative rescue package to the Dragons top man today Wrexham Supporters Trust believes the soccer club's spiritual home can be saved with a partial redevelopment at the Mold Road ground.

It involves building 100 luxury apartments and a new all-seater stand on land by the Kop.

The fans will present club chairman Alex Hamilton with the proposals, aiming to convince him that there is an alternative to moving.

The meeting comes as managing director John Reames is reported to have said the crisis-hit club needs pounds 10m to keep it at the Racecourse.

The Daily Post also revealed the League One club has just days to arrange payment of a near pounds 1m tax bill or face an Inland Revenue winding-up petition.

WST claims its plans will provide a viable commercial return for the Manchester-based property developer, with a surplus to reduce Wrexham's multi-million pound debt.

Trust vice-chairman Rob Griffiths said: ``There has certainly been a great deal of media coverage over recent days about the financial problems at Wrexham.

Many supporters have expressed concerns about the confusing and contradictory messages that are being issued from the club and are seeking clarity.

``We will continue our vigorous campaign to raise awareness of the true situation at Wrexham, to present the facts to the public and to the media, and to outline alternative ways forward.

``We have already demonstrated that there is a viable option for redeveloping the Racecourse in situ and retaining and improving the stadium.

``This deserves serious consideration by local and national government and the club ownership. ''

Mr Griffiths welcomed Mr Hamilton's recent disclosures of the club's finances, which will be studied. ``The major concern at present is the short-term financial predicament at the club, '' said Mr Griffiths.

``Whilst Mr Hamilton's dossier shows that a range of longer-term redevelopment options have been explored, it does not present any solutions to the short-term problem of meeting commitments to current creditors.

``With this concern in mind, over the next few days, the Supporters Trust will produce a business plan to show ways that the club could be run in the short and medium-term with a balanced budget. We will also demonstrate why it is of paramount economic importance for Wrexham to have a professional football team and an international stadium.

``We will then encourage a constructive discussion between all interested parties about the best way forward for Wrexham Football Club''

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Wrexham fans, who protested on Saturday against plans to move from the Racecourse, today put their own plan forward to keep football at the stadium
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2004
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