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Another One Bites The Dust 😞

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Not SSML but always sad to see another footy club fold 😞

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Savagebee - Yes, it's  so sad to see Club's go to the wall, I still can't believe Rhyl have gone and you would have thought that a local businessman from North Wales would have coughed up a measly £175,000 to save the great Club:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/52376408

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyl_F.C.

Former Welsh champions Rhyl FC are set to close down after 141 years of existence.

The north Wales side confirmed they had begun a winding-up process, with directors citing the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

"This is a very emotional day for everyone connected with the club," said chairman Paul Higginson. "We are all fans and feel it deeply."

The four-time Welsh Cup winners play in the second-tier Cymru North.

Rhyl had warned recently they could not meet financial obligations and required significant external investment to continue.

After a self-imposed deadline passed with "no viable approach", a club statement confirmed that they had initiated the winding-up of the company.

"The difficult decision was taken by the board of directors after considering the financial impact of the suspension of all football activities due to the unprecedented impact of Covid-19, the unwillingness of the ground's owner to consider either a long lease or sale on market terms and the ongoing fixed costs with no income prospects," the statement read.

Rhyl said they were offered support from the Football Association of Wales, but it would not be enough to save the club, who recently said they would need £175,000 of investment to offer long-term security.

They added that five approaches of investment were either deemed not viable or were withdrawn without any financial proposal made.

Fans had begun raising money to help a club that can cite the likes of Lee Trundle and Barry Horne as former players, with suggestions already that a 'phoenix' club could be formed.

Higginson added: "The town has a very proud footballing history and a very determined character and I have no doubt that a very strong new club will rise from this low."

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Damn. What a shame. £175k is a lot of money to anyone at this time though and then it’s how much more to keep running it year after year. Clubs need to look at themselves too and the way they have run, to be out that much money is criminal. Overpaying players for too long I suspect. 

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Winslow Boy - C'mon, £175,000 is peanuts in this day and age where running a Football Club is concerned at a high Non League level, Rhyl were still at Step 2 when they went to the wall playing in the Welsh League North Division. I see that a Phoenix Club was set up in May called 'CPD Y Rhyl 1879' and will play next season, they have also secured their old Belle Vue ground with an exclusive option to buy it in the future:

https://www.rhylfc.co.uk/news/new-rhyl-phoenix-club-cpd-y-rhyl-1879-secures-belle-vue-ground?fbclid=IwAR2j3pThQsyiyh23WuNdtX-lhRQ0UhHql0O7kizeJxU2S3fFnNiKZuUv04k

BREAKING NEWS - New Rhyl phoenix club CPD Y Rhyl 1879 secures Belle Vue Ground

We are delighted and excited to announce that we have reached agreement with the owner of the Belle Vue stadium that Rhyl’s new football club CPD Y Rhyl 1879 will be playing at Belle Vue for the new 2020/21 season.  We also can share that we have an exclusive option to buy the ground for the football club, its supporters, the town and the local community it serves.

Former Chairman Paul Higginson, new Chairman Tom Jamieson and Managing Director Adam Roche have been working behind the scenes tirelessly over the last few weeks in order to protect the commercial sensitivity required to guarantee the famous ground for the new club. They would also like to go on record and thank Mr Butters (the owner) who has opened up this exclusive opportunity to purchase Belle Vue. It creates the opportunity for Belle Vue to be club owned for the first time in its history since it became the centre of Rhyl football over 120 years ago.

The number one priority for the new club and its leadership team was to secure the Belle Vue stadium for the future of football in Rhyl. Whilst it was, up until a few days ago, an unbearable prospect that football would never be played at the famous North Wales ground again, it is now certain that CPD Y Rhyl 1879 will kick off the new season there but more importantly the new leadership team will look to guarantee the club never loses out on Belle Vue ever again. Paul Higginson said: “Personally I have been involved in trying to secure Belle Vue for nearly 15 years. This is a remarkable and momentous opportunity to secure an iconic ground and to secure the history of football in Rhyl, ensuring that the Club plays an important role in the regeneration of Rhyl".

The new chairman, Tom Jamieson said: “We now want to call on everyone who showed their support across all the media for the old club, following the difficult announcement a month ago, to come forward to help bring back success to Rhyl and its community.” Tom also invited investment, “Now we have the ground I’d welcome all conversations from any serious credible investors to help us secure our famous ground and show your community support for the future of football in the town of Rhyl. We have the football support to rival any Welsh team and now we have the ground to match too“. Serious investment enquiries are invited to rhylfcbellevuegroup@gmail.com 

A new volunteer management committee has been formed, with announcements to follow this week. They have also expressed their delight and excitement that the new club will be playing football back at Belle Vue when the new 2020/21 season starts and Tom was keen to echo their thoughts: “Whilst an historic moment for the new club and our town, the hard work at the ground will start on the 1st June when we get the keys as we have to call on all volunteers, existing and new to get the ground ready post coronavirus to kick that first ball in anger".

The next and crucial piece of the jigsaw is to recruit the new CPD Y Rhyl 1879 first team manager. Managing Director Adam Roche was keen to highlight, “We will be shortly advertising for someone who first and foremost is a proven winner, they must be positive, committed and experienced in North Wales football. We want someone who can demonstrate their passion for success through hard working players on the pitch and equally off it in representing the club with their support through local community engagement. This is an unbelievable opportunity to be the first manager in our new club to join us as we look to continue Rhyl’s footballing history by bringing success on the pitch back to Belle Vue". 

Edited by Rhodes

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2 hours ago, Winslow Boy said:

Damn. What a shame. £175k is a lot of money to anyone at this time though and then it’s how much more to keep running it year after year. Clubs need to look at themselves too and the way they have run, to be out that much money is criminal. Overpaying players for too long I suspect. 

Rhodes has always been good at spending other peoples money......

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1 hour ago, Smallholder said:

Rhodes has always been good at spending other peoples money......

Smallholder - That's a bit uncalled for isn't it and below the belt, what about the £600 I gave to that player at Haringey Borough, was that spending other people's money. By the way 26 posts and counting.

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There's a thread entitled 'Club's Folding' on another Forum and it makes sad and depressing reading:

https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forums/index.php?threads/clubs-folding.1153/page-5

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7 hours ago, Rhodes said:

 what about the £600 I gave to that player at Haringey Borough, was that spending other people's money. 

Your landlord probably thought so...........

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Smallholder - You're not adding very much value to the Forum are you, it's difficult enough as it is with so little news and so much speculation, are you involved with a Club out of interest and what is your SSML background, you seem to have an affinity with St Margaretsbury from back in the day when NeutalFan played for them calling him 'an absolute legend' but then later you turned round and said he was 'an old man clutching at his youth' so your posts don't make any sense and are often contradictory.

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Proud FC Oswestry Town director of football laments causes behind club's folding

FC OSWESTRY Town’s director of football believes the lack of support for the club, in both fans and finances, is what led to its demise this weekend.

The team had been competing in the North West Counties League First Division South and were in second place on 66 points – and surefire candidates for promotion – when the decision was made to cancel the season and declare the result null and void because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nick Maguire admitted he felt the club was not backed by numbers through the gates but says he and his fellow committee members are proud of their efforts over the course of the last decade.

We just don’t think there’s a place for a semi-professional club like FC Oswestry Town for a town of Oswestry’s size,” said Mr Maguire.

“We just didn’t get the numbers through the turnstile – The New Saints don’t get the numbers either.

“We get a handful of people who wanted it but we needed hundreds of people though the gate.

“To the people who did come and support us, and to the businesses in town who did give us financial backing, we thank you.

“And to The Venue as well, who have provided us with somewhere to play for the last 10 years – we wouldn’t have found a pitch like that anywhere else.”

Mr Maguire said the club could be proud of its success.

He said: “We have done lots of fundraising for charities over the years, and we have enjoyed that. Plus, we have provided hundreds of footballers over the years with somewhere to play, whether that’s first team, reserve team or with the under 18s, and we’re really very proud of that.”

Mr Maguire confirmed the decision to cease playing was taken by the committee, who added that the lack of fixtures has resulted in a shortfall in funding, forcing the decision.

A spokesman for the club explained the decision in a statement online over the weekend and pointed to lockdown and the curtailed season among the chief reasons.

It said: “It is with a heavy heart that FC Oswestry Town have made the sad decision to fold the club.

“The difficult decision has been made due mainly to the Covid-19 pandemic that resulted in the curtailing of the North West Counties League and the FA’s ruling to make the 2019/20 season null and void which robbed us of a hard earned promotion.

“The committee has been working over the past four months but due to financial difficulties that we are currently facing we are unable to keep the club alive in the professional way that everyone involved with the club would like.

“Financial difficulties due to the denial of promotion to a higher league, no fixtures being played since March and no opportunities to raise funds externally means we are in no position to commit to the forthcoming season.

“As a club we have had an amazing short history with a hugely successful team that gained promotion to the North West Counties League (NWCFL).

“The success continued with this years fantastic team that was on the verge of promotion to step five football and the FA Cup.”

Edited by Savagebee

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