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Rhyl FC's Welsh Premier appeal fails FAW test

Welsh Premier

Rhyl Football Club will not play in the 2010-11 Welsh Premier League after a Football Association of Wales decision.

The Lilywhites are among six clubs to miss out as the league's revamp reduces it from 18 to 12 teams.

Afan Lido, Connah's Quay and Llangefni Town also miss out following appeals over licences to be in the league.

In a statement on their website Rhyl admitted they have recently suffered financial problems but vowed to "get back to the WPL as soon as possible".

Airbus, Bala, Bangor, won their appeals and take their places in the league next season alongside Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli, Neath, Newtown, Port Talbot, Prestatyn and The New Saints.

Twice league winners Rhyl's statement said: "Rhyl FC are to step back from the Welsh Premier League after the FAW rejected the licence application.


"Financially, the club has had a very difficult second half to the season.

"The manager, the players and all non-playing staff have been magnificent throughout this difficult period.

"We have taken steps to rationalise the operations and we are actively seeking new sponsors.

"We had hoped to remain at the top of Welsh football whilst working through the residual financial issues.

"Now we will continue to rebuild the clubs finances and get back to the WPL as soon as possible."

The FAW rulings came after Welsh Premier clubs opted to play 44 league games in next season's revamped Super 12 format.

The league board recommended to the FAW council that the 44 game option should be adopted.

Nine clubs voted for the option while six wanted to adopt an alternative plan to split the league once clubs had played each other twice to have just 32 games.

Llandudno and Porthmadog also won licence appeals to be in the Welsh Premier league, but miss out in the league's revamp.

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