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Caernarfon Town ask fans for views on how to deal with potential crisis

Caernarfon Town FC have asked supporters for views on a potential fund-raising drive to counter financial problems the club faces if forced to play behind closed doors when football returns.

Cymru Premier League clubs are awaiting confirmation of a start date for the 2020-21 season.

No domestic football has been played in Wales since March due to Covid-19 and it is feared spectators will initially not be allowed into grounds when games kick-off again.

This would cause serious difficulties for clubs such as Caernarfon, who are the best supported team in the CPL and totally reliant on gate receipts and sponsorship money.

A statement to fans tonight said: “Caernarfon Town Football Club has come a long way in ten years. From teetering on the edge of bankruptcy to successive top five finishes in the Cymru Premier League.

“We have struggled from the third tier of Welsh football to becoming a force at the top of the game and did it our own way.

“We made a decision to give the best talented local players an opportunity to play for us and have done our utmost to become a community club, decisions that have seen the people of the town and surrounding area returning to support us at The Oval.

“We have also done it by refusing to give in to unreasonable wage demands and concentrating on signing players who want to play for the club and its supporters first and foremost.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have made significant adjustments to our playing budget and are confident that we can keep to this, despite the extremely difficult financial situation everyone is experiencing.

“As we have no rich benefactor and missed out on possible European competition prize money due to the pandemic, our financial business module has had to remain unchanged. We are totally reliant on gate receipts and sponsorship money.”

Caernarfon were further denied a chance to boost the coffers this week when the FAW cancelled all national cup competitions.

Town had reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup, where they were due to face Cardiff Metropolitan.

The Caernarfon Town statement added: “Although there are no definite plans yet, we will fully support the FAW in its attempts to begin the new season and cannot wait to see Huw (Griffiths) and the squad representing us on the field.

“Although we do not know exactly how and when this will be, we have to make it clear that this is based on supporters being allowed into The Oval to attend our home fixtures. The reason for this is simple: If our supporters cannot attend matches then the financial implications on the club will be very serious.

“We have received no definite information of a possible compensation package from the FAW for any loss of income due to reduced, or no attendances, upon our return to action.

“However, it has been suggested that such a package will not be forthcoming.

“Should this be the case we are looking at ways of raising extra revenue to assist us.

One suggestion we have received is to follow the Chester FC project, currently called ‘Boost the Budget’, where supporters can donate as much as they want towards financing the first team.

“We are already aware of the fantastic backing we receive from supporters and sponsors and therefore are uncertain of such initiatives where we are asking for assistance.

“However, we wish to make it clear that any such project would only be looked at if we are forced into playing either behind closed doors or in front of reduced attendances.

“Therefore, we are asking our friends and supporters for your thoughts on us starting such an initiative if one of our two sources of income is taken away from us.

“Please let us know your thoughts or give us your suggestions via our social media, or by directly contacting the Board members.

“You can also send a direct message to the club chairman, Paul Evans, via caernarfontownfc@gmail.com

“We are hoping that we won’t have to start up such a project but are looking at ways of ensuring that we can continue should we be forced to lose half our annual income.”

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