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Colwyn Bay considering return to Welsh football pyramid

HAPPY DAYS: Colwyn Bay celebrate promotion to National League North in 2011

Colwyn Bay are considering a return to Welsh football with the club struggling financially in the Northern Premier League West.

The Seagulls say they could face extinction within two years if the club continues as it is, playing in the English system.

At a supporters meeting on Monday night, chairman Bill Murray revealed Colwyn Bay need £100,000 more in revenue each year to stay competitive.

Average crowds need to increase to around 450 – their incredible 9-0 win over Skelmersdale United last Saturday was watched by just 196.

Colwyn Bay are to speak with the FA of Wales later this week before making a final decision.

Murray has said there are three options for the Step 4 club:

  • Stay as they are and see the club fold within two years
  • Stay in England on a drastically reduced budget and battle against relegation
  • Rejoin the Welsh system and build towards the Welsh Premier League

If the club go for the third option, manager Craig Hogg and first team coach Neil Coverley say they would consider staying with the club providing there was a realistic and feasible plan in place with a view to taking the club forward.

The chairman and manager agreed their hearts want to stay in England, but with the current financial situation, their heads say return to local Welsh football and rebuild, otherwise there could soon be no club at all.

Resignation from the Northern League would have to be submitted by March 31.

Colwyn Bay have been in the English system since 1984 after they were elected into the North West Counties League. They reached Step 2 in 2011 and spent four seasons in National League North.

 

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