THERE may not be a Wrexham Football Club for much longer.
The Welsh club is facing extinction if a solution cannot be found to its current crisis.
Yesterday Wrexham applied to the High Court for an administration order, with the Inland Revenue set to issue winding up proceedings for an unpaid debt of £800,000. It's a sticking plaster rather than a cure for the club's ills.
The problems have arisen after Alex Hamilton, a property developer, bought the club and its historic home.
Now, Hamilton has served notice on Wrexham to leave the Racecourse Ground by July. It is thought he will then try to sell it on for around £6million. Hamilton has not found the club an alternative ground and shows no sign of doing so.
It's hard to say for certain what Hamilton's precise motives are as he doesn't go in for public statements, but it seems pretty certain his only reason for getting involved in the League One club was to make a quick buck. If he is successful, football will be the poorer.
The Racecourse Ground was sold to the club in 2002, only for the ownership to be transferred to another of Hamilton's companies within hours. These do not sound like the actions of someone who has his football club's best interests at heart, to me.
On the face of it, this might not seem to have any relevance to anyone who does not support Wrexham. But it does.
All football clubs are faced with this sort of threat.
For some reason, many of them seem to attract pretty unsavoury figures, perhaps lured by the prestige of owning the local club, maybe encouraged by the fact that no matter how badly they are run, there is always someone to haul them out of the brown stuff.
Not since Aldershot has a Football League club actually been allowed to go to the wall.
It's unlikely Wrexham will, either. But if football fans apathetically sit back and wait for a white knight, he won't appear.
They may only be a lowly League One club, but as events at Old Trafford have shown recently, it can happen anywhere. And, if United fans had allowed it to, it probably would have happened there already.
If Wrexham are allowed to go to the wall, predators such as Hamilton will only be encouraged to try it on themselves.
Possibly with Liverpool - who were apparently considering an offer from one of the dodgiest prime ministers on the planet this summer - maybe at Everton, who will be open to offers if the prospective deal with Fortress Sports Fund fails to materialise, or perhaps at Tranmere or Chester - clubs which because of their uncertain financial positions have to sit up and listen whenever a sugar daddy comes calling.
FANS United - a group which tries to highlight cases of clubs in crisis - is urging any fans not planning on going to a match on Saturday to turn up at the Racecourse Ground in their club's colours for Saturday's league game against Bristol City (3.00pm kick-off).
Chester have no game that day, while Liverpool are at Middlesbrough. Those Tranmere fans not making the trip to Blackpool are also asked to go along.
And those fans who will be supporting their own side that day are asked to show their solidarity in a different way - by "wearing red for Wrexham".
If Evertonians can't bear to do that at Goodison on Saturday, then at least carry a red card - and stand up for the first 15 seconds of the game.
Any support will be gratefully received and hopefully serve as a warning to those unscrupulous characters looking to take your club for a ride to think again.
Possibly not. But it's bound to do more good than trawling around B&Q with your missus this Saturday.