TNS ARCHIVE
EURO FEST FOR THE RACECOURSE
WP ARCHIVE
FOR the foreseeable future, European football nights have been lost Welsh Premier grounds.
Thanks to Uefa, all matches involving the League's north and mid-Wales based clubs will now have to take place at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.
In a few months, when clubs like TNS, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Rhyl know whether they have qualified for Europe, they will have to approach a Uefa-inspected ground and ask to use it for next season's competition.
"They have to do it off their own backs," said League secretary John Deakin.
"What will happen is if they can show us that their finances and youth system are in order, as well as agreement that they can use a suitable ground like the Racecourse, then they can go into European competition."
Wrexham was inspected two years ago and passed with flying colours.
Chief executive David Rhodes has always stressed it is available for Welsh Premier clubs to use and it has hosted Bangor City matches in recent years.
"There's no problem as far as we're concerned," said Rhodes. "The ground is passed up to Champions League standard.
"As long as they fit in with our fixtures, we will help. We'll even try to arrange something if they don't."
5 December 2020