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Merthyr FC's temporary reprieve


Merthyr Tydfil football club managed to raise 10,000 towards money it owes.

Under-threat Merthyr Tydfil football club has been granted a temporary reprieve after raising 10,000 towards the money it owes.

Bailiffs were due over unpaid rates, but the club's electricity bill has now been paid.

The club, which had a deadline to raise 50,000, said it had been inundated with messages of support including six fans who had donated 1,000 each.

The club will now be able to play their next two matches.

The Martyrs currently lie third in the British Gas Business League Premier Division and play promotion rivals Corby Town at home on Saturday and Evesham next Tuesday night.

Support includes offers to help with future fund-raising from Wrexham FC.

A Merthyr Tydfil FC statement said: "A great deal of work is underway to ensure the future of Merthyr Tydfil FC at the current level, and it is heartening to have received so much positive support."

Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil
The club was founded in 1945 and plays in the BGB premier division

Owner Wyn Holloway says he has no more money to put in to Merthyr and the supporters club have made an urgent appeal to help keep the football club afloat.

It said it hopes the usual attendance will be doubled by fans who want to save the club.

"To lose such a massive club would have an absolutely devastating effect," a statement from the supporters club said.

"It would be a devastating blow not just to the club and its loyal and hard working supporters, but to the town and the wider community in Wales and beyond to lose one of the most famous sides in non-league football history.

"The players have shown a breathtaking level of loyalty and to see these people's hard work fall through would be a disaster for all concerned."

The ground has hosted football for 100 years and has been home to Merthyr since their inception in 1945.

The club has won the Welsh Cup three times, and beat Italian club Atalanta in the first leg of their tie in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1987. The Martyrs played in the Conference, just below the Football League for six seasons until 1995.

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