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OSWESTRY TOWN MERGE WITH TNS

Paves the way for new Euro-ready 'super stadium' in the town
OSWESTRY Town FC have agreed a merger with their near neighbours, Total Network Solutions FC.
The clubs will join forces and play in next season's Welsh Premier under the Total Network Solutions banner.
It is planned that, by 2005, the new club will play at a modern 'super stadium' in Oswestry. In the meantime, matches will be played at the Treflan ground in Llansantffraid.
The new TNS will adopt both clubs' first team strips, starting next season in Oswestry's traditional blue for home games and TNS' green and white for away trips.

Dispensation key to new stadium
Key to the merger is Oswestry Town's founder membership of the FAW, with a dispensation to represent the principality in European competition from an English base.
TNS managing director Mike Harris says he has been searching for a new stadium site capable of staging European matches, but has been denied the chance to build in Oswestry as the Football Association of Wales would not allow the Llansantffraid team to play outside Wales.
The merger will overcome this hurdle and also facilitate a first class professional set-up between the two locations. Both clubs hope the merger will rekindle the enthusiasm of Oswestry fans and bring new supporters from Llansantffraid's fan base.
Says Mike Harris: "UEFA's licensing regulations will prove difficult for a number of clubs. "With TNS pioneering the way forward, this merger of two ambitious clubs will perhaps act as a catalyst for other Welsh Premier outfits."

7 June 2021
 
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