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Port v Fflint - 10/10/98

Last Saturday saw our first defeat of the season with another 89th minute goal costing us a share of the spoils, a disappointing second half performance after outplaying Oswestry in the first half left us empty handed.

The main topic of conversation at our home Reserve team match on Wednesday night was the pro-posed sale of Mike Foster to Aberystwyth, let me explain the facts so that there can be no misun-derstanding of the situation. Aberystwyth were encouraged by an FAW Councillor that Mike Foster wanted to play in the League of Wales so they rang me to request a loan deal. After discussions with my Chairman and directors this was refused, but mindful of the fact that Mike would be a free agent at the end of the season under the Bosman ruling a fee was put for-ward that Fozzie could be pur-chased for. This was put to Aber who made a counter offer £1,000 less, following more negotiations they agreed a four figure sum. As Mike was injured and unable to play at Oswesty we gave him permission to travel to Abeystwth to negotiate personal terms but stressed that we were not trying to get rid of him and actually wanted him to stay, as I've stated previous-ly only the interference of an FA Councillor (or is he an agent) has started the transaction off. On Sunday Mike rang me to say he had been offered excellent terms by Aber and wished to move. I advised him that when he told Aber later that day he should tell them to contact me, this they did on Monday morning only to tell me that the transfer was on hold as they had a few cash problems at the moment, and they would be back to me, at the time of writing these notes I am still awaiting fur-ther developments. Unfortunately selling players is a fact of life at Porthmadog. Last season I sold Chris Waring to Bangor City and the season before I sold Paul Roberts to Wrexham. Until the fun-damental problems are solved, namely regular money from the Football in the Community Scheme, Supporters Club, Social Club etc. this will always be the case. Remember the ones who got away for nothing and one stands out Marc Lloyd Williams who is now scoring goals for Halifax in the 3rd division. That is the situation I am trying to address, by getting players on contract.

The Cymru Alliance is a strong league with everybody beating each other. It would be a very brave man who put money on the outcome of the championship in this league. Early indications are that it will go to the wire. I just hope we can keep picking points to keep us in the frame.

Another subject that keeps cropping up is the formation of the team and new signings. Well the formation of the team so far has been dictated by the players avail-able, how can you play a winger if you have none available? New signings are difficult without an increase in the budget. The demands of some of our targets have been beyond our means, at the moment we are trying to develop our youth policy and struggling to make ends meet financially and working off the field to improve our fund-raising capability.
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