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New backer emerges for Wrexham FC
Stephanie Booth (picture Daily Post)
Stephanie Booth is a regular supporter at the Racecourse
A Denbighshire businesswoman is backing a bid to buy Wrexham Football Club.

Stephanie Booth has been holding secret meetings over the club's future for the past few months.

But the millionaire, who owns hotels and restaurants and a company catering for transsexuals, has refused to say how much money she is ready to invest.

Her interest emerged as the club's administrators took legal action in their battle to gain ownership.

Racecourse is currently owned by Crucial Move a company belonging to Alex Hamilton, controversial owner of the club.

Wrexham went into administration last year with debts of more than 4.5m and negotiations to find a buyer since have so far come to nothing.

Mrs Booth is supporting Wrexham car dealer Neville Dickens, one of two parties interested in buying the Racecourse ground.

It needs a lot of tender loving care, it needs a good clean, a good paint and made more family friendly
Stephanie Booth

"I have been involved in the club for the last few months {but} no one can do anything until after the court case," she said.

"I'm co-operating with the administrators and Neville Dickens," she added.

Mrs Booth, from Corwen, who was at the Dragons' game last Saturday, said the club's team manager Denis Smith also has her full support.

She wants to re-develop the Kop stand, host conferences and concerts and turn the Racecourse into a community facility.

"It needs a lot of tender loving care, it needs a good clean, a good paint and made more family friendly."

Preliminary hearing

She refused to elaborate further on her plans saying they did not want the current owner Mr Hamilton to know their plans exactly.

The League Two club went into administration last year with debts of more than 4.5m and negotiations to find a buyer have so far come to nothing.

Wrexham car dealer Neville Dickens revealed last week that he had withdrawn his original bid for the club for business reasons although his interest remains strong.

Mr Dickens' bid had been competing with that of Surrey-based property consultant Andy Smith.

A preliminary hearing over the ownership of the club was adjourned in Birmingham High Court on Friday.


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