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Can you help save a football club?

Monday 21st November 2016
In recent years we've witnessed some familiar teams in the Football League running out of money and going into administration, some teams as Kettering Town and Portsmouth have survived, whilst the likes of Darlington FC have not been so lucky.

The road to financial failure can come from many angles, a new stadium, over paying players, relegation or even poor management, Coventry City managed to excel in all of these and their harrowing tale can be read in the book "Coventry City: A Club Without A Home" which will be reviewed on the site shortly, it details their fall from grace from the Premier League to League One.

However, there are clubs further down the leagues that are also suffering, they've had little in the way of the billions that awash in the top leagues being filtered down to their level. One such team is Prestatyn Town FC who are currently playing in the Cymru Alliance but have in the past been promoted to the Welsh Premier League (for seven seasons) and have also claimed the Welsh Cup (2013) as well taking part in the UEFA Europa League. This season, the Seasiders are now an impressive six points clear at the top of the Cymru Alliance and are the favourites to gain promotion to the Welsh Premier League, but..........

The club find themselves on the brink of being wound-up by the Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs for owing £53K in PAYE payments and fines, a figure that the club is disputing and would look to challenge in court if they had the money to do so. The immediate challenge is survival and avoiding the court date, they have until November 24th to find the money to pay the amount outstanding to HMRC to avoid being wound-up in the High Court in London on November 28th.

As with many clubs of this level, they are at the heart of the local community, Prestatyn Town FC has over 100 players in their girls and boys Academies and they also help to raise money for local charities. Fans of the club have set up a Just Giving page to help raise the missing thousands and are at the time of writing around £5000 short. If you are able to a donation of even a £ or two could make all the difference to the team if enough fans of other clubs join in.

It would be a shame if this club that is 106 years old would disappear on the growing list of clubs that once were.
Mick Bates

Mick is a passionate fan of Coventry City and has watched from the sidelines (and had the privilege of seeing the inner workings during an exciting two years in corporate sales there) to see the once mighty Sky Blues fall from the Premier League, then fail to sparkle in the Championship, relegated from League One and wind up in League Two before winning the most important fixture in football competitions - The Checkatrade Trophy final followed by a heart-stopping promotion back to League One.

As well as supporting the Sky Blues, Mick appreciates all levels of football and loves a good book to keep himself entertained as well as a few hours on FIFA or Football Manager as time allows.

He also keeps an eye on all the major English leagues and regularly enjoys a flutter looking for that elusive treble! 


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