Sunday, 11 May 2014 20:40

WST response to the FA Commission

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The Board of Wrexham Supporters Trust (the owners of Wrexham Football Club and the first supporters group to take over a professional football club as a going concern) were very disappointed to hear of the FA Commission’s four point plan published last week.

Having taken time to review and reflect upon them, the Board share the anger and frustration felt towards the proposals that include the introduction of B-Teams and a Feeder League – being referred to as League Three. Not least because of the lack of proper consultation with the clubs and supporters whose leagues would be decimated if these proposals saw the light of day.

As the third oldest professional football club in the world, currently celebrating our 150th anniversary, we know that football clubs have a special relationship with their communities, fans and their local area. The FA’s proposals are focussed upon the supposed needs of a small elite and ride roughshod over the interests of the vast majority of clubs and their communities up and down the land. There is little or no evidence that their plans would improve the performance of the national teams. There is every reason to believe that they would have a hugely negative impact on the long established and successful football pyramid.

We endorse the views of Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation that to introduce B Teams, feeder leagues and “partnerships” between Premier League clubs and those further down the pyramid would destroy the integrity and 
competitiveness of our pyramid system which other countries envy.

It is pleasing to see the groundswell of opposition gathering pace and Wrexham Supporters Trust is united with the rest of the football community as it comes together to express its disapproval of these ill-conceived ideas.

Hopefully the debate can now focus on the proper funding of player development (particularly as the funding for youth development does not extend beyond the Football League) and the proper redistribution of money more fairly across the game -without destroying those parts of it which actually work.