A FIGHTING fund to pay off Wrexham FC's closure-threatening tax bill was yesterday handed £10,000 within hours of its launch.
Wales international Robbie Savage, born and brought up in the town, is at the forefront of an ambitious bid to raise £900,000 in little more than a week.
The Birmingham City midfielder aims to help stave-off an Inland Revenue winding-up petition, due to be heard in the High Court on November 17.
"Tell me when and where to send the cheque," said Premiership star Savage..
"Everyone knows Wrexham have a number of major issues to be resolved but the most pressing concern is the threat of closure by the Inland Revenue.
"If the club can get the taxman off their back, there will be a period of breathing space for those people interested in safeguarding the future to continue negotiations to buy the club and the ground from current owner, Alex Hamilton."
Fan Carroll Clark, heading the Wrexham Fighting Fund appeal, said the first target was to identify 900 supporters each prepared to give £1,000.
He stressed the sole aim was to pay the outstanding tax demand.
"There is a real danger the club will be forced into liquidation if the High Court hearing goes ahead," he said..
"I recognise that many fans will not be able to afford £1,000, so no donations will be turned away."
Last night businessman Geoff Moss, who owns Chester-based specialist travel firm Elegant Resorts, pledged £5,000 to the fund.
"I have two sons who are at Wrexham FC's school of excellence. They might not become professional footballers but, as a parent, you can't buy the enjoyment, the discipline and the camaraderie they get from being part of what is an excellent set-up.
"If making a donation to the fund is what it takes, I'm happy to oblige."
Earlier this week, Wrexham Supporters Trust offered to buy out Mr Hamilton's 78% shareholding in the club, and Mr Clark stressed the new fund would not undermine their efforts. "Everyone knows it has a viable long-term future under different ownership," he added..
"Cheques made payable to Wrexham Fighting Fund can be sent to me at 4 Lyndale Grove, Wrexham LL12 8DQ and I can be contacted on 01978 266602," said Mr Clark.