A new era finally dawned for the troubled Wakefield Wildcats as they officially announced a new owner.
Spirit of 1873 Ltd, a private investment firm backed by Wakefield entrepreneur Andrew Glover, was unveiled as the club’s new boss at a press conference held at the club’s Belle Vue home yesterday. (Thursday)
The announcement followed the news that the firm had reached an agreement with administrators O’Hara’s last week, subject to final approval from the RFL.
Speaking at the press conference, Mr Glover, who is also the owner of West Yorkshire Windows said: “It’s been difficult for the last few weeks but we’ve got there. This means the security of the club is solid and we don’t have to worry about it any more. Everyone can get on with their jobs and we can run it as a rugby club again.”
The Wildcats had faced a High Court winding up order by HM Revenue and Customs over an unpaid tax bill, thought to be in excess of £300,000.
O’Hara’s searched for fresh investment to rescue the club, with a number of rumoured bidders discussed and at least one deal thought to have fallen through at the final hurdle.
The club’s fans, have endured torrid times of late. As well as the club’s financial issues, they have also had the added concern of waiting to see if they will be handed a fresh Super League license.
They also faced the news that long-awaited plans for a new stadium had been called-in by central government.
But Mr Glover said: “This means the club is now debt free. I think we now have a much better chance of getting a licence than we did last week and our next task is to ensure that we secure that. I’m a Wakefield fan, a Wakefield businessman and I was brought up here. I’m not a die hard rugby fan but I do love the game and I do love the team that we’ve got here.”