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You could part own a League of Ireland club for just €200 a year

Wexford FC, run by a committee of volunteers, is moving to a supporters’ trust model.

IN A BID to secure financial stability and move to a more stable position of governance, Wexford FC have announced that a supporter-run co-operative will soon take ownership of the League of Ireland club.

Ferrycarraig Park Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Wexford Supporters’ Trust (WST) will fully own and govern the SSE Airtricity League First Division club and membership, open to everyone, will cost just €20 per month for 10 months of the year.

Following relegation from the Premier Division last year, Wexford Youths ceased trading and a new club, Wexford FC, was formed and was successful in its application for a League of Ireland licence.

In its statement, the club said the switch to a community-focused model is designed to avoid the difficulties it faced in the early part of 2017, when Wexford Youths faced a winding up order after chairman Mick Wallace, the independent TD, was declared bankrupt.

“Wexford FC is delighted to announce the launch of the Wexford Supporters’ Trust (WST), a supporter-run co-operative which will soon take ownership of Wexford FC, a member of the SSE Airtricity League,” the statement read.

“We are delighted to move our club to a community-focused model and are thoroughly committed to being a valuable and important element of the community of County Wexford and the entire South-East region.

“This co-operative trust model has been widely adopted throughout the SSE Airtricity League, and has been successful for many other clubs in creating a stable and sustainable framework through which to run a club.”

Wexford are currently seventh in the First Division standings having recorded just four victories this season. They travel to face UCD on Friday evening.

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