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Fans' march to keep club alive
Players tunnel at Wrexham Football Club

Thousands of Wrexham football fans are being urged to march through the town on Saturday, ahead of what could be the club's last game at the Racecourse.

The club has been relegated to League Division Two after a 2-1 defeat at home on Tuesday to Brentford.

The club has battled against the drop since losing 10 points as a result of going into administration in December.

Its owner Alex Hamilton is currently in negotiations to sell the club.

Wrexham Football Club faces eviction unless a buy-out can be agreed.

Members of Wrexham Supporters' Trust want fans to join their mass rally on Saturday to highlight the club's plight and debt of around 4m.

The Racecourse is at the heart of the community, generations of families have taken their children there
Paul Burrell

They will march through the town's streets and up to the Racecourse ahead of the game against Huddersfield.

Former royal butler and Wrexham fan Paul Burrell has joined the campaign to save the club.

"The Racecourse is at the heart of the community, generations of families have taken their children there," he said.

"It's very important to Wrexham, very important to football and to rugby in north Wales.

"It's a purpose-built stadium to attract sport to the north."

Local car dealer and former club director Neville Dickens has been in talks with Mr Hamilton about a takeover, but had been told his offer was less than that of a rival party, who wanted to demolish and redevelop the Racecourse Ground.

Mr Dickens has appealed for more backers.

Wrexham Supporters' Trust chairman Bruce Clapton said the offer was the best one for the club.

"We are backing Mr Dickens' bid and we're hoping that Mr Hamilton will agree to sell to him so that football can be retained at the Racecourse," he said.

"In the meantime, we want as many fans as possible to turn out on Saturday and join the march.

"There's a lot of bad feeling around and we want to deflect that by putting on a show of support which will celebrate Wrexham's past and our commitment to its future, not only for next season, but for many years to come. It won't be a protest march, it will be something much more positive."

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

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