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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 May 2005, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Club bidder's demolition warning
Wrexham Football Club
The future of Wrexham FC hangs in the balance
The car dealer hoping to buy cash-strapped Wrexham Football Club has called for more backers to join him.

Neville Dickens has made an offer to take over the club, which has debts of around 4m.

However, his undisclosed bid is less than that of a rival party who he said wanted to demolish and redevelop the Racecourse Ground.

Mr Dickens, an ex-club director, also confirmed that he had been in talks with the Dragons' owner Alex Hamilton.

He said: "We have had a meeting with Mr Hamilton and he has indicated that he has had a higher offer from another interested party with local connections who want to demolish the Racecourse and redevelop the whole site.

"Our offer falls short of this, but I'm hoping that we can come up with something that would be nearer to his expectations.

"I'm hoping we'll be in a position to go with some sort of offer in the next ten days," he said.

"We are looking for more backers to come in. We're doing everything we can to try to save the football club," he added.

Mr Dickens was a Wrexham FC director in the 1980s and one of his garages is on land adjoining the Racecourse stadium.

The football club was placed in administration last December with debts of more than 4m. It was made public in September that Mr Hamilton had given the club notice to quit the ground.

Wrexham were deducted 10 points - the first club to suffer a new penalty for calling in administrators - leaving the League One side on the brink of relegation.

The team needs to beat Brentford on Tuesday night to stand a chance of survival, with a final match at home again on Saturday.

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