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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 November, 2003, 12:38 GMT
Barry Town appeal for help
Barry Town FC launch a new campaign this week in their battle for survival.

Financial problems forced the club to disband last season's Welsh Premiership title-winning professional side.

The team are bottom of the table this season and a "Save Barry Town" poster campaign is designed to raise awareness of the club's plight.

Barry are three-quarters of the way to raising the 120,000 the club believes will satisfy creditors.

Nearly 1000 posters and leaflets will be distributed around the Vale of Glamorgan in the coming week as part of the campaign.

"Inside the next few weeks, Barry Town AFC will be undergoing a CVA, a Creditors' Voluntary Agreement," explained the club's new chairman, Dr Liz Davies.

"The previous owners of the club left us in serious financial difficulties and debts which we cannot hope to repay.

"In order to keep the club alive, we must come to an agreement with our creditors and hope that they accept our offer.

"If they do, then we would start with a clean slate and ensure that we never find ourselves in this position again.

"We need to find around 120,000 before the CVA takes place. That would be enough not just to pay off the CVA but also to give the club a sound footing to build on.

"At the moment we are around three quarters of the way to meeting our targets but we desperately need more help."

As well as donations, Barry have also launched a scheme where supporters, businesses or even investors can loan money to the club.

The club says that those investing will have their money returned with significant interest over a 10-year period.

People wanting to help as volunteers can call 01446 405231, while those who want to contribute to the fund should call 01446 735398.

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