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Mike Harris can now press ahead with plans for a new stadium in Oswestry capable of staging European soccer
CONSTRUCTION of a new Saints' stadium in Oswestry moved a step closer last night when Oswestry Town finally agreed the merger with TNS.
Shareholders voted unanimously to transfer the club's assets to TNS FC, including the important right to play Welsh football on English soil.
The decision gives the green light for club managing director Mike Harris to press ahead with plans for a 3,000 seat stadium in Oswestry, meeting Uefa criteria for the staging of European games.
The club has already joined forces with the local Council for a stadium which would form the centrepiece of a new leisure complex, but may yet go it alone with a ground that could feature a new generation artificial surface as a revenue generator.
First mooted in summer 2003 and approved by the FAW and Uefa, the merger has been delayed by financial and legal problems and there was one last ditch attempt to prevent it at last night's AGM.
A small band of shareholders argued over the loss of the Oswestry Town name and Roy Davies said he would prefer Oswestry to fold and donate its assets to local clubs Morda United and Ellesmere Rangers.
However, vice-chairman Brian Barnfield believes the merger was inevitable: "On their own neither club can move forward," he says.
"TNS are restricted by the bounds of a village, while Oswestry's financial plight means that the club was finished anyway.
"What's on offer in a progressive partnership is fantastic news for all levels of the game in the Oswestry and border area, from development of youth football right through to the prospect of staging European games in our own stadium."
14 December 2020
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