JUST four months ago the Daily Post offered some advice to widely-despised Wrexham Football Club owner Alex Hamilton. Simply put, the message was: "It's time to give up. Sell now and clear off.'
It followed October's High Court ruling that ownership of the Racecourse Stadium should revert from one of his property companies back to the club.
That decision was yesterday upheld by the Court of Appeal - signalling defeat for Mr Hamilton's dream of a multi-million pound pay-day from a redevelopment of the Racecourse.
It was a long-awaited victory for those who have fought an unremitting battle to secure the survival of the oldest Football League club in Wales.
Mr Hamilton once boasted to the Daily Post - off the record, of course - that no--one would have either the resolve or the financial clout to challenge the murky transaction through which he acquired title to the Racecourse.
He reckoned without the integrity of Wrexham directors Dave Bennett and Dave Griffiths who, at no mean financial risk to themselves, stood up to stave off the immediate threat of liquidation and put the club into administration.
The protection thus conferred by the courts triggered the official investigation which uncovered the facts.
However, it was ultimately due to the dogged persistence of a small group of supporters that the administrators and their legal team were provided with the crucial ammunition to win the day.
In a wider context, Wrexham fans can pat themselves on the back for their unstinting efforts to keep the cash coming through the turnstiles, while manager Denis Smith and his players also did their bit by winning the LDV Vans Trophy final - a success that provided much-needed financial breathing space.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, our headline back in October read: Wrexham 1 A Hamilton 0. Yesterday's judgement makes it Wrexham 2 A Hamilton 0 - game over..
Throughout the past two years, the fans have had just two words of advice for Mr Hamilton, but on this occasion and in a family newspaper they are probably best paraphrased by borrowing the name of Wrexham FC's sponsor.