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MERGER PLAN CLEARS FIRST HURDLE
MIKE Harris' vision for a new team playing over the Welsh border under the Total Network Solutions banner cleared its first hurdle today.
The Football Association of Wales has approved the merger proposal, which now requires the support of Oswestry Town's shareholders at a meeting on SUnday 29 June.
Oswestry secretary James Bond says he is quietly confident the merger will get the necessary support.
"We're naturally delighted to get the backing of the FAW who see this merger as a positive move, not just for football in Oswestry, but for football in Wales," he said.
Harris told Sunday night's open meeting in Oswestry that, within five to 10 years, the merger could create the biggest club in Wales with the exception of Cardiff City.
"By this time, the youth system would make it fully sustainable, with a first team to rival any in the Nationwide League and with the ultimate destination of the UEFA Champions' League stages.
"From the merger, Llansantffraid will get greater facilities, while Oswestry gets the continuation of football in the town beyond 2004," he said.
Harris says the most likely outcome of the merger will be a new ground built in Oswestry for full-time, first team football, with the range of other teams from first reserves down to pre-academy and tiny tots sides playing and training out of both Park Hall and Treflan.
It was also revealed at Sunday's meeting that the first team will play an equal number of games next season in the two strips of white/green and blue. Llansantffraid had complained at the original proposal to play all home games in blue and away matches in green and white.
18 June 2021
 
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