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Ray Trew takes over Nottingham Rugby Club

Meadow Lane
Notts County & Nottingham Rugby Club both play at Meadow Lane

Notts County owner Ray Trew has taken ownership of Nottingham Rugby Club, reports BBC Radio Nottingham.

As a result of the deal, Meadow Lane plc, the company that owns Blenheim 1862 (NCFC), will now own both Notts County and Nottingham Rugby.

Trew said: "With both teams playing at Meadow Lane, it has always made sense for us to work as closely as possible.

"I can see the massive potential of the club, especially when coupled with Notts County."

The rugby union club have played at Meadow Lane for the past four seasons and in February signed a new seven-year contract to stay on as tenants.

I wouldn't have even considered this deal if I didn't think it was in the best interests of Nottingham Rugby

Nottingham Rugby chairman Alastair Bow

"My aim is to embrace fans of both clubs and to encourage support across both sports, as we look to build a successful partnership that will be the pride of Nottingham," added Trew.

"The Notts County board and I have been impressed by the professionalism and passion that everyone at Nottingham Rugby has shown for their club during our short tenure."

Nottingham Rugby chairman Alastair Bow said: "From the moment Ray Trew and his associates walked into Meadow Lane, it marked a new chapter for both Notts County Football Club and Nottingham Rugby Club.

"In agreeing the new lease contract within weeks of his arrival, Ray made a massive statement of his intent to build bridges with us.

"This was indicative of the relationship that we have since enjoyed with him and everyone at Notts County.

"I wouldn't have even considered this deal if I didn't think it was in the best interests of Nottingham Rugby.

"I have complete faith in Ray's ability and intention to take the club forwards and form a massively successful partnership with Notts County.

"I would ask all of our supporters to welcome Ray to the club and to show him the kind of support that they have given me during my time here, because it is only by working together that this club will be able to move forwards."

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