AM’s concern that ‘goalposts have been moved’ over national football museum plan

Plaid Cymru’s North Wales regional AM has sought assurances that Wrexham will be the location for a new national football museum.

He questioned Ken Skates on plans for a major feasibility study into the matter, “I welcome the Welsh Government’s decision to commission a feasibility study into a National Football museum for Wales, as agreed in the budget agreement between Plaid Cymru and the Government last year. It’s long overdue and I’m confident that such a museum will be able to reflect past and future successes in the Beautiful Game. With that in mind, can the minister explain how a commitment to look into a football museum located in the north has become a feasibility study into a sports museum somewhere in Wales? I’m not the only person to sense a change in direction and alarm bells are ringing.”

Mr Skates confirmed that the study would consider a sports museum and also look at options in all parts of Wales, but also stated that the preferred option was to locate it in Wrexham or elsewhere in the north.

Mr Gruffydd said later, “Like many people who believe a new national football museum for Wales should be based in Wrexham, I’m concerned that the brief has been altered. Moving the goalposts like this will only raise doubts about the Labour Government’s commitment to this important strategic project.

“Wrexham is where the FA of Wales was established, the home of early internationals and it’s home to the third oldest club in the world. It’s the spiritual home of Welsh football and a national museum would provide a substantial economic boost to the area.

“Wrexham Council already has an extensive collection of Welsh football memorabilia that’s been on show recently at the town’s museum and I’d like to see that collection on permanent display for fans to be able to see.

“England has a national football museum in Manchester, Scotland has one in Glasgow and it makes perfect sense to locate our national museum in Wrexham. As well as recognising the historic importance of the area in developing football in Wales, it would also re-balance the economic benefits towards the north.”

 

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