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Now that financial fair play rules have to be a serious consideration for most football clubs..

They now have to show a financial sustainability that they haven’t had to in previous years, this is putting extra pressure on football clubs to live within their means.

Ryan Valentine scores the goal that keeps Wrexham in the Football League

Ironically with all Wrexham FC’s lack of money, if the Conference introduced financial fair play, we would be ahead of the game and people would be looking to follow the Wrexham model in how to become sustainable and successful simultaneously.

Granted the cup runs in the last couple of seasons have helped enormously, but they have also attracted fans to games that Wrexham probably didn’t even know they had a couple of seasons ago.  Merchandise has brought in a good share of income from the club shop and with the increase in revenue League Two football would offer, the balance sheet at Wrexham FC would be looking extremely healthy for the future.

Unfortunately Wrexham FC has never been blessed with a guaranteed income from high attendances like Luton or had the money to splash in pre-season like Forest Green and last seasons champions Mansfield, although you wouldn’t be able to tell by watching the on-field performances.

Throw in a fantastically achieving Centre of Excellence and the future looks bright for Wrexham Football Club. The argument is there that the youth players won’t get many opportunities to shine in a team battling League Two, but by persisting with giving them the chance to shine you may unearth a hidden gem that is capable of pushing the team up the league as opposed to hindering the team performance.

Missing out on League Two last season could possibly help the younger players develop just that extra year that is needed to succeed in league football when the time comes (glass half full blogger).

Taking all of this into account I am sure there are plenty of Wrexham fans who wouldn’t mind a local millionaire businessman or Euro Millions winner, to pump a bit of cash into the club to give the club that final push into league football, as in the case of Forest Green and Newport County respectively.

On the flip side, if the club could achieve promotion without having the riches of various clubs then it would make the promotion all the more sweeter!

Wrexham were reportedly offered Christian Jolley in January for £25,000, who ended up going to Newport County. Obviously Newport are not a one man team, but it was easy to see the enormous contribution he made to Newport’s push for promotion, and scoring against Wrexham in the play-off final certainly did not help!

He was easily worthy of playing league football and the cost to buy him clearly paid off when you take into account the huge sums of money for a team playing league football. Just a shame Wrexham didn’t have the finances to afford him at the time.

But that is just the risk you sometimes need to take.

Post written by Paul Jasper
Blog: Shouting from The Kop, Twitter: @pauljasper50

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Ryan Valentine scores the goal that keeps Wrexham in the Football League in 2007
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One Response to “Financial Fair Play: If only the Conference would follow suit”

  1. Roy September 30th 2013 at 5:11 PM #

    You are way off the mark. Newport County made a net gain in transfer activity last year.

    Try some research first fella, or it will sound like sour grapes.