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Town aim to reach football league by 2020
11:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
WARRINGTON is the largest town in England without a football league club but that’s all about to change according to an ambitious scheme.
In partnership with Bryan Robson Sports, Warrington Town FC plan to change the landscape of football in the town with a vision to take the club into the football league by 2020.
Richard Sutton, who sits on the board of directors at Warrington Town FC, believes the club can reach the football league in the next seven years if the community rallies behind them.
Mr Sutton said: “Our town is in the premier league for business but our football team is in the Evo-Stick League.
“We need to put football on the map. The town is a sleeping giant in terms of football.”
The new plan, which was unveiled on Thursday, hopes to push the club from the Evo-Stik Division One North to the Football League which would involve four promotions over a seven year period.
Former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson is key to making those dreams a reality.
Bryan Robson Sports will work along the club to help them achieve their goals as well as securing sustainable sports facilities that puts the football club at the heart of the community.
Mr Robson said: “If you want to keep building on what you have then you have to have a business plan in place and we do - we just need the support of local businesses.”
In the next seven years, the club hopes to have a new stadium complex plus ayouth school with opportunities for all ages up to first team level.
Mr Sutton said: “Warrington is a 360 degree economy with one of the most robust and thriving business communities in the north. We can reach our 2020 vision.”
Warrington Town FC currently train at Cantilever Park in Latchford but that could all change if the club succeeds in achieving its 2020 vision.
Mr Sutton said: “This ground has provided a lot of memories for the supporters and players but this facility is not the future of the town.
“If it can be done by Wigan, it can be done by Warrington.”
Formed in 1949 under the eye of their late president, Jimmy Drinkwater
The club began life as Stockton Heath Albion until 1961
The team played at a ground called London Road until 1965 when it moved to Cantilever Park in Latchford
Former English footballer, Roger Hunt, is the most famous face to play for WTFC
Wigan Athletic were playing at the same level as WTFC in 1975
Fleetwood Town were playing in the same level as WTFC in 2008
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