All of us at the WST want to extend our appreciation to Dean Saunders and his players who have battled hard this season in a tremendous effort to regain our place in the football league. The fact that we just fell short in this quest makes the off the field decisions to be taken in the coming days/weeks even more important to the long term of Wrexham FC. Were also particularly proud of the support given by fans in Luton on Tuesday evening.
Wrexham Supporters Trust bid to acquire Wrexham FC
We shared our outline proposals with the Directors of Wrexham Village this week and are awaiting a response from Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts to our proposition.
Front page coverage: As published as the main feature on the front pages of both the Leader and Daily Post on Thursday we have taken a further step forward this week in our bid to acquire Wrexham Football Club, the Racecourse and Colliers Park . The Daily Post and Leader both published our roadmap for a community-based bid led by the WST, which detailed the steps we need to take to make this a reality.
Outline of our bid: We can confirm that this bid would include purchase of Wrexham FC, the Racecourse Ground and Colliers Park and retaining the youth arrangements at Colliers Park. We believe that the offer would meet all of the mutual objectives and give Geoff Moss a legacy in the transfer of the club and its assets into the hands of the community.
If you missed the opportunity to buy the Daily Post and Leader this week, you can read the reports online at www.dailypost.co.uk and www.leaderlive.co.uk.
Public meeting to outline our proposal
We have arranged for a public meeting on Tuesday 17th May in the William Aston Hall at Glyndwr University to talk members, non members and potential investors through our roadmap and to give all supporters an opportunity to ask questions.
Speakers: During the meeting supporters will hear from a range of high profile speakers who have vast experience of implementing similar initiatives including Dave Boyle (CEO of Supporters Direct), Kevin Jaquiss (Cobbetts LLP), Andy Walsh (CEO of FC United) and Campbell Smith (CEO of Chester FC).
It is not without some irony that we welcome Campbell Smith to our meeting following Chester FCs success in winning promotion from the Evo Stick Premier League this season. Chester FC are back on the way back up after supporters took ownership and transformed their club, winning the league and tripling crowds in their first season.
The evening starts at 7:30 pm and please make every effort to attend this very important meeting in the history of our proud club. Further details of other surprise speakers will be announced prior to the event.
Support for the Wrexham Supporters Trust bid
We have received widespread support from a number of quarters this week identifying the WST bid as being in the best interest of Wrexham FC and the town.
Response from the media: The Daily Post has nailed its colours to the WST bid and has made an impassioned call for MPs and AMs of all political affiliations to back the WST bid. Going further still they made a rallying call on major public bodies such as the Welsh Assembly Government, Wrexham Council, Glyndwr University , the FA of Wales and the Rugby Football League to aid our bid in any way they can.
Response from our MP, Ian Lucas: In the Daily Post on Thursday this week, Wrexham MP Ian stated: ¢‚¬Å“Im delighted to support the WSTs bid to acquire Wrexham FC and hope that the owners take this opportunity to leave a legacy of community ownership for the people of Wrexham. I believe that this community-led bid is in the best long-term interest of Wrexham as a town.¢‚¬
We would like to extend our thanks to the Daily Post and the Leader for their ongoing support of our bid to acquire Wrexham FC.
Progress towards understanding Wrexham FCs financial position
We received good news this week in the High Court on Tuesday May 11th when the winding up petition brought by HMRC was dismissed.
Due diligence Stage 2: The Board of the WST met this week and agreed that subject to a favourable response to our outline bid by the Directors of Wrexham Village that we would move to the next stage of due diligence to enable a detailed financial budget to be put in place for the 2011/12 season. The second stage would involve detailed conversations with the officials of Wrexham Football Club to ascertain the detailed rationale behind the financial expenditure of Wrexham FC.
Update on discussions with potential investors
The Board has focused this week on submitting its own outline bid and has restricted its discussions to the emerging Friends of Wrexham FC group.
Friends of Wrexham Football Club: We continue to hold warm and positive talks with the Friends (both over the phone and in person) who are very supportive of our bid to acquire Wrexham FC. We understand that the Friends met as a group for the first time and we wish them all the very best in becoming a key part of the Wrexham supporters movement going forward.
Colin Poole: We are led to believe that Colin Pooles made a bid for control of Wrexham Football Club as reported in members briefing 10, but have had no further discussions with him this week.
Steve Cleeve: Since our last briefing note, Mr Cleeve published further details of his bid via Red Passion. However, we have had no further contact with Mr Cleeve this week and are led to believe that he has submitted his own bid to acquire Wrexham FC.
Stephanie Booth: The Trust was advised this week that Stephanie Booth would be withdrawing her interest in Wrexham Football Club. We were very disappointed in the statements made by Mrs Booth but do not wish to comment any further at this stage.
TNS: We regret to inform members that we have not yet had an opportunity to follow up our telephone discussion with a representative of TNS, but do still plan to do so at our earliest opportunity.
Annual General Meeting and Elections to the Society Board
The Society Board have set a provisional date of June 30th for this years Annual General Meeting. The exact venue, date and time of the meeting will be confirmed to you at least 14 days prior to the meeting taking place.
Elections to the Society Board: If you would like to become involved in the running of WST, with EIGHT vacancies available on the Board this year, now is the time to put yourself forward. In accordance with the WST Election Policy an Election Supervision Group (ESG) has been set up. The Chair for this group will be Campbell Smith of Chester City Fans United who will be supported by current Board members Mark Williams and Thomas Stanford.
Fundraising, Merchandise and Events
WST e-Bay: We now have our own eBay account up and running which is kindly being managed by one of our members. So, if you are on the lookout for any Wrexham memorabilia then please add Wrexham_Supporters_Trust_WST to your favourite sellers as items will be added on a regular basis. So far, signed shirts, programmes and WST merchandise have been up for sale - with all money raised going towards WSTs equity fund.
A Mark Creighton match worn shirt: The shirt is from the play off game at Luton on 10th May 2011 and has been kindly donated by Mark himself to help raise money for the WST. You can view the listing by clicking here.
We are delighted to see ideas and activity in the social media network where independent fans are getting behind ideas to raise money towards the WST bid to acquire Wrexham FC. All your efforts and every penny that is raised will be put towards the vision of a better future for Wrexham FC.
Supporters Direct News
The Chairman of Wrexham Supporters Trust attended the launch of Supporters Directs two keynote reports into Football Governance at Portcullis House (Houses of Parliament) this week. We were also delighted that a representative of the Friends and London Reds were also in attendance.
Support from Ian Lucas MP: Speaking at the launch event, Ian Lucas MP said: ¢‚¬Å“Wrexham has debts that have been run up under a conventional model of ownership; we dont want to be lectured any more about how supporters cant run football clubs because we know many of the people in charge cant run football clubs. We hope to be able to take Wrexham forward and back into the football league where they belong under supporter ownership.¢‚¬
Facebook: Supporters Directs new Fans Page on Facebook has replaced Supporters Direct current Group Page. Just visit the new page here and click like to access more articles, videos, photos and debates than ever before. This page also aims to be more interactive, so its an opportunity to share thoughts and experiences with members of other supporters trusts. In particular, there are regular updates about the Football Governance Inquiry and news from Supporters Trusts across England and Wales.Fans Weekend: The SD Fans' Weekend which includes the SD Annual Conference and SD Cup will take place in Chester on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July 2011. The Conference will be held at The Queen Hotel on the Friday and the SD Cup will form part of a Fans' Day held on the Saturday at the Exacta Stadium, home of Chester FC. Tickets are £37 for members of Supporters Trusts and £42 for non-member. Members of the Wrexham Supporters Trust Board will be attending so why not come along for a chat and an update. Click here for further details.