Community ownership 'the key to Assembly funding' for Racecourse ground
Community ownership of Wrexham FC and the Racecourse ground is essential to win Assembly funding to develop an international stadium in Wrexham.
That's the view of Plaid Cymru's Assembly candidate for Wrexham Marc Jones, who today gave his backing for the Wrexham Supporters' Trust community buyout plan.
Marc Jones recently organised a meeting between members of the Trust's board and the Welsh Government's sports minister Alun Ffred Jones, at which the Trust's vision for the future was explained.
"The 5th of May is an important day for the club for more reasons than just the Luton game. A vote for Plaid in the Welsh general election on Thursday is a vote for Assembly funding for a proper international stadium. Plaid's manifesto has a commitment to financing developments at the stadium but, given the instability we current have at the club, it's impossible to see public money going into the current structure.
"That funding commitment can only be made when we have stability in terms of the club's ownership and the only people with the vision and commitment to achieve that are a community consortium led by the WST. It's great that they have already raised so much money for the buyout bid in a few days. The meeting with Alun Ffred Jones was very productive and he was genuinely impressed by the WST's professional presentation. He made it clear that the final decision on funding the club could only be made after the election, but Plaid will work to keep the Racecourse and club's future development on the agenda in Cardiff Bay. If elected, I will continue to back the WST bid as the only credible long-term solution for our club.
"The next few days will be vital for the club, which has been such an important symbol for the town over generations. I hope the players do their bit and get their crosses in the box so we can start climbing up the divisions, it goes without saying I hope to get a few crosses in the right boxes myself on May 5th."