EURO LURE IS KEY FACTOR IN
The lure of Euro millions
is a major driving force behind the Oswestry-TNS
If a Welsh Premier club could break the mould and
progress through the preliminary rounds of European
competition, the rewards will run into millions
TNS owner Mike Harris says a European breakthrough
could give a Welsh Premier club annual turnover
more than double that of a Nationwide second or
third division outfit.
Neither of the merged clubs has a ground that can
stage European games now, or in the foreseeable
Standing alone, Oswestry could not possibly have
financed ground improvements at Park Hall to meet
Treflan cannot be expanded for logistical reasons
and Llansantffraid, with a population of little
more than 1000, could not sustain the investment
required for a new stadium.
a few years, UEFA requires that stadia have a minimum
of 3000 seats, larger floodlights and a host of
With a population of around 30,000, Oswestry is
the logical place to go - and more than capable
of sustaining a successful, full-time professional
club with crowds into four figures. The resulting
income from merchandising and other marketing activities
will add to the potential.
With the demise of Shrewsbury Town, the fan base
could quickly be widened, not only into Shropshire,
but the north Wales area as well.
Oswestry is the obvious location for TNS to expand,
but FAW rules forbid a move for the existing club.
Town's founder membership of the FAW and dispensation
to play in England are the key to the way forward.
If other clubs follow this example, the Welsh Premier
could suddenly prove very attractive to the current
exiles Colwyn Bay, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport County,
not to mention Swansea and Wrexham.
And with a successful outcome, the Oswestry-TNS
merger could well provide the blueprint for the
future prosperity of the Welsh Premier.
Let's hope it does.