Prestatyn Town has been saved from extinction after settling a long-running tax dispute.
Seasiders chairman Chris Tipping told fans at Bastion Gardens on Wednesday night that the club had reached its £53,000 target – a day before a deadline from HMRC officials. The club had been issued a winding-up order last month following an investigation, but will now pay the demanded fee on Thursday morning.
Mr Tipping told a meeting at Bastion Gardens that the club’s players had donated their salaries to help their cause – while fans had raised more than half of the target through fundraising. Other donations included £1,000 from Norwich City players and another £1,000 from Crewe fans.
The meeting heard that although the club had now been saved, more fans were needed to join the its new membership scheme in an effort to open up the club. The scheme offers three places on the board of directors for supporters.
Meanwhile, the FAW has told Prestatyn that the situation would not affect their bid of a domestic licence – a prerequisite for playing Welsh Premier football – and will improve their application because it has now been resolved. The club were refused a licence last season because of the tax investigation, which continued for two-and-a-half-years.
On the pitch, Town remain unbeaten at the top of the Huws Gray Alliance ahead of Saturday’s home game with Flint Town United. A ‘thank you’ celebration has been planned for the following week, when the Seasiders host Holyhead Hotspur in the Welsh Cup third round.
Although the club has now reached its target, fundraising efforts will continue – including a sponsored walk from Flint to Prestatyn before this Saturday’s game, a spinathon and an eBay auction of sporting memorabilia. A JustGiving page, set up by Prestatyn fan Rob Caton, has now raised £4,655.