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Save Rhyl FC: Glimmer of hope in rescue quest – but overall picture still bleak

Rhyl (white) in recent action against Llangefni Town. Picture: James Curran

Crisis club Rhyl FC has received investment enquiries from a number of parties, it has been revealed today.

But the cash-strapped Lilywhites still paint a bleak overall picture in the latest statement on its future.

The Cymru North club face the real possibility of folding if a rescue package cannot be found.

The cancellation of football worldwide due to COVID-19 has made matters much worse for Rhyl as an essential income stream has been cut off.

Today’s Rhyl FC statement said: “Over the last couple of days the resumption of the football season has become further away as rightly the focus has to be on the correct response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“This scenario has severely reduced the income of the club during this end of season period with only one home league game during February and March.

“The fundraising events of football and Folk and the race nights have been welcome but this overall position has left the club with no income to meet the costs of the club through to September and beyond.

“Normal fundraising via end of season tournaments and friendly games will not be possible indefinitely whilst public gatherings are a risk, thereby virtually eliminating the club’s ability to raise significant income.

“The scenario for the 2020/21 sporting calendar appears bleak with no guarantee when football will commence and footballing income returning to the club.”

On a positive note, the statement adds: “The club has received enquiries from a number of parties interested in possible investment / sponsorship of the club.

“In addition to reviewing these enquiries the club is currently assessing all other options – from seeking short term funds via the Coronavirus assistance schemes to the unpalatable option of entering liquidation.

“The latter will become a realistic option for consideration by the Board of Directors if external investment is not achievable.

“The club has welcomed the endeavours of the Rhyl Fans Association in seeking to raise funds to assist the club at this stage and are in discussions with the association as to how best these resources can be used for the long term good of football in this town whatever the outcome of Rhyl FC’s current difficulties.

“The Board of Directors will have a video conference meeting on the 8th April as previously indicated and we will welcome the secretary of the Fans Association with us to assess all of our options and a further news release will be issued on the 9th April on any outcomes arising.”

Attention all Rhyl fans…..

Rhyl Football Club is in genuine danger of going under – and it desperately needs your help.
The Lilywhites need to raise £20,000 to protect its immediate future and a new buyer to safeguard it in the longer term.
The independent Rhyl Fans Association are accepting seat sponsorship & donations on Twitter & Facebook, and have started a GoFundMe page via https://twitter.com/FansRhyl
The club also desperately need a new buyer. If you can help, please e-mail chairman Paul Higginson at sponsorship@rhylfc.co.uk

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