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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 December, 2004, 13:11 GMT
New name enters Wrexham FC fray
Wrexham's Racecourse Ground
Surrey-based businessman Paul Buttivant has confirmed he is leading a consortium trying to buy Wrexham.

He says that he has spoken to the club's administrator, but has yet to meet owner Alex Hamilton.

Buttivant is a property developer, but says that he aims to keep the club at its Racecourse Ground home and maintain its training ground.

"My interest is in the football side of things, if successful I'm in for the long term," he told BBC Sport Wales.

"I believe Wrexham has a good future if operated correctly, we have a business plan that can make the club into a profitable business."

Although keen to stress his intention to remain at the Racecourse if his takeover bid is successful, Buttivant admitted that his backers were property developers looking to make a profit from the club's resources.

"That's the reality of any football club these days," he said.

"But we are not property developers who want to make a quick profit and run back to the south of England.

"My plans involve taking the club forward and securing the ground, while my partner's plans would be to re-develop the Kop end of the site.

"The development would probably include the car park. The Kop stand itself would be a different matter."

Former Wales international Malcolm Allen, who was a youth player with Buttivant at Watford, believes that his interest in Wrexham is good for the club.

"I have no hesitation in saying that he [Buttivant] is going to move the club forward," Allen told BBC Wales.

"He has got a football background."

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