Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Leanne backs National Football Museum proposal for Wrexham

A national football museum in Wrexham could provide a huge boost for the town and its football club.

That's the view of Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, who visited the town to promote the Party of Wales's candidates for the council elections in May.

She said: 
"I'm fully behind the local campaign to ensure that Wrexham has a National Football Museum. Plaid Cymru came up with the idea because the north-east doesn't have a national museum and it's seen as the home of Welsh football. 
"We're the party for all Wales and that's why I'm backing the campaign. Plaid Cymru secured funding for a feasibility study for the museum in the latest Welsh Government budget and I'm hopeful this can be a catalyst for further development."

Marc Jones, Plaid Cymru's Wrexham chair, said:
"There's growing support for the national football museum. England has one in Manchester, Scotland has one in Glasgow so why not house the Welsh football museum in Wrexham, where it all started?

"We're very keen to work with the fan-owned football club to make sure Wrexham AFC also gets the maximum benefit from such a development. The potential to bring people into the town and into the Racecourse with a new attraction should make it an attractive proposition for everyone involved in making this town a better place. I hope we can continue to work in a collaborative way to make this happen and that will certainly be one of our goals if elected in May."
Mr Jones pointed out that the English national football museum received a £7.5 million Lottery grant to get established and suggested that similar support could be given for a Wrexham-based museum:
"Working in conjunction with the council, football club, FAW and Welsh Government, I'm sure we can make this project a success.
"It would provide a platform for Welsh legends such as Billy Meredith, from Chirk, who features prominently in the Manchester museum because of his achievements as a player and organiser of the first players' union. It would also help emphasise the history surrounding The Racecourse ground as the world's oldest surviving international stadium.

"We're fortunate that Wrexham Council already has an excellent collection of footballing memorabilia and, if this project comes to fruition, hopefully that can go on display to a wider audience. The football club already gives Wrexham a national and international identity and we believe a museum in the town would boost that further."

Pictured with Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood is Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru's North Wales AM, together with some of the party's local election candidates for May. 

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