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Timeline: Wrexham's survival bid
Racecourse Ground
Football has been played at the Racecourse since 1872
JUNE 2002: Alex Hamilton's company, Crucialmove Limited, acquires the freehold of Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

MAY 2004: Property developer Mr Hamilton takes over as chairman of Wrexham FC.

AUGUST: Wrexham FC debts of over 3m are revealed. Mr Hamilton said the club needs to sell its Racecourse ground and move to a new stadium. Fans voice concerns.

OCTOBER: The Inland Revenue tries to wind up club over its tax bill. Mr Hamilton resigns as chairman but remains owner.

NOVEMBER: Fans' buy-out plan is rejected.

Alex Hamilton
Alex Hamilton lost High Court action over the ground ownership

DECEMBER: With debts of over 4m, Wrexham FC is placed in administration. Under new rules the club is deducted 10 points by the Football League.

MAY 2005:: Wrexham are relegated from League One.

JUNE: Administrators begin legal action to force Mr Hamilton's company hand back ownership of the ground.

SEPTEMBER: Surrey property developer Andy Smith and a consortium led by Wrexham car dealer Neville Dickens, with partner Geoff Moss, emerge as possible rival buyers for the club.

OCTOBER: Administrators win a legal fight to seize control of the Racecourse. High Court rules Mr Hamilton should not have transferred the freehold into one of his companies.

Denbighshire businesswoman Stephanie Booth emerges as a possible backer of Mr Dickens' plans to buy the club.

DECEMBER: Mr Hamilton wins right to appeal

MARCH 2006: The Appeal Court in London rules that the stadium must remain in the hands of the club's administrators

David Acland, left, the administrator
Administrator David Acland (left) was at the club for 20 months

The Dickens consortium signs an "exclusivity" agreement with the administrators to negotiate a takeover.

APRIL: Plans unveiled to develop part of the ground for flats and retail.

MAY: Club creditors back the deal.

JUNE: Football League vote not to expel the club and to accept the takeover plans. The ground redevelopment plans are backed by Wrexham council.

AUGUST 1: A proposed loan to the consortium from property tycoon Steve Morgan, also a shareholder with Liverpool, creates a "conflict of interest" issue, which leads to talks with the Premier League, as a deadline to sell the club by 5 August looms.

AUGUST 3: The final hurdles are overcome and the deal is signed at 1620 BST. Wrexham come out of administration and have new owners.




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