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WELSHPOOL Town chairman Steve Hughes has warned clubs could lose valuable income should the Welsh Premier maintain its stance and run with 17 clubs next season.
Hughes will plead for the Welsh Premier clubs to make a ‘logical, financial and practical’ decision when an emergency meeting conveys in Aberystwyth this weekend.
Welshpool’s cause was boosted this week with news that Neath AFC’s promotion application had been rejected.
Hughes said: ‘If Neath had been accepted by the league then an emergency meeting would not be necessary.
"Welshpool Town has spent £20,000 on achieving its Welsh Premier status and we greatly enjoyed the challenges of the season. We were well received and professional hosts. "At the moment we are developing plans to build our own stadium that will comply with UEFA standards. "With one less team in next season’s Welsh Premier, each club stands to lose £1,500 at least in lost revenue and that adds up to £25,000 for the entire league over a season. "This is extra money any potential new sponsor would have to provide if they were to show an interest in backing the league."
Hughes doubted the support for the controversial ruling that states the mandatory relegation of two clubs from the Welsh Premier with several other clubs showing unity. Haverfordwest County - who survived relegation courtesy of a late season charge - will propose an immediate amendment to the ruling that was introduced 12 months ago.
[Story by kind permission of the Powys County Times]
5 June 2021
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