Clubs in Crisis Day 29 January

On Saturday 29 January fans from all over the country are preparing to descend on Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground - for their match against Doncaster Rovers - in a mass display of unity for clubs on the brink of financial ruin.

Wrexham is in administration, has been docked 10 points by the Football League and faces eviction from its ground on 21 July 2005. Unless a buyer is found Wrexham faces liquidation and will be the first established Football League club to go out of existence since Aldershot FC in 1992.

But clubs the length and breadth of the UK are in a similar plight: Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley, Bury, Cambridge United, Dover Athletic, Hendon FC, East Stirlingshire, Gateshead, Grimsby Town and Rotherham are among many with an uncertain future.

All fans are invited to gather at the Racecourse Ground and stand in their team colours alongside Wrexham and Doncaster supporters to show their solidarity. Those that cannot get to the game are asked to send a scarf, banner or team shirt to display support.

A Fans United organiser and Brighton supporter Nic Outterside said: “The pledges of support have been amazing and we estimate that this could be the biggest display of football fan unity this country has ever seen.”

Simon Johnson of the Wrexham Supporters Trust added: “Football fans have had enough of being ignored. Let us all stand together and show the powers-that-be that we are desperate to safeguard our clubs for future generations and we need their help.”

Bob Gilbert, a veteran of Doncaster Rovers own fight for survival, said: “I urge you, passionately, to turn up at the Racecourse on 29 January to show all these people that millions and millions of us do care.”

Any club who wishes to donate a scarf, banner or shirt is asked to send the item to: Wrexham Supporters’ Trust, PO Box 200, Wrexham LL12 9WG