Wrexham MP Ian Lucas is set to call for parliament reforms to football regulation to help supporters become more involved in the running of their clubs.
In an adjournment debate tomorrow on football governance, Mr Lucas will highlight the uphill struggle faced by fans of Wrexham FC to take over their football club last year and how the current system works against fan ownership.
Although the club is now under fan ownership and pushing for promotion from the Blue Square Premier, Mr Lucas will discuss the problems faced by Wrexham Supporters’ Trust in buying the club, which he believes would not have occurred if the Trust had been a single wealthy individual.
He will also express his backing for Supporters’ Direct, an organisation whose advice proved invaluable during the Wrexham takeover process.
Mr Lucas said: “I will be raising Wrexham as I saw at first hand how the Supporters’ Trust faced hurdles in their bid to take over the club. I met with the Supporters’ Trust throughout the takeover and saw just how labyrinthine the process was they faced.
“While Wrexham’s story is more positive these days, the sad truth is that the way football regulations are structured mean other clubs face similar struggles. There is a strong case for reform.”