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UEFA has reversed its decision to effectively block the Oswestry Town/TNS merger.
In a timely boost before tonight's momentous Uefa Cup game with Manchester City, Oswestry Town secretary James Bond (pictured) says that UEFA has granted his club's appeal and given the go-ahead for the merged club of Oswestry-TNS to play domestic and European football in Oswestry.
The UEFA decision cites the history of the development of football in Britain and in Wales, and Oswestry's long-standing membership of the FAW, as the reasons for granting the appeal.
Uefa says that it is a special case and therefore does not set a precedent for others.
After a long and frustrating delay by the footballing authorities, the decision allows the merger to move forward and preparations for the building of a new stadium in Oswestry to progress.
Bond says that those involved with the running of Oswestry Town know that this is the only realistic way forward for a successful team playing in Oswestry.
"The old Oswestry club was dead in the water, burdened by debt, by the unwillingness of people to get involved, and by the apathy of local people," he says.
"There have been a number all too willing to have a pop at those of us who've been struggling to keep Oswestry Town's head above water, questioning the integrity of the small band of us who have lived and breathed OTFC.
"We scrutinised every possible path forward for the club, including asking to be relegated, swapping into the English pyramid, and even packing up altogether.
"However, the TNS path was head and shoulders above any other," said Bond.
Bond says he would not have recommended a road for the club that wasn't to its benefit.
"TNS FC have pledged to recognise the history and tradition of OTFC in the merger, to play an equal number of games in green & white and in blue, to have the names of Oswestry and Llansantffraid on the shirts, badges and letterheads.
"The announcement this morning is obviously a timely one, just hours ahead of the UEFA Cup match in Manchester tonight.
"I hope that the new club will be a credit to its Oswestry base, to the Welsh Premier and Welsh football as a whole."
14 August 2021