Looks like Queen's Park have 'gone' altogether...this is taken from their website today... GAP QUEENS PARK TO MERGE WITH BORRAS PARK ALBION
Gap Queens Park Football Club is to merge with Borras Park Albion (BPA) after discussions between owner Gap Personnel and a number of local football clubs over the past few weeks.
Gap Personnel’s intention to return the club to the local community has led to a deal with community-based local club BPA, which runs one of the best youth set ups in the Wrexham area, boasting 13 youth teams. BPA has three senior men’s teams in the Welsh National League, one tier below the Cymru Alliance.
Queens Park nearly folded in 2007 but survived following Gap Personnel’s purchase of the club last summer. Re-named as Gap Queens Park, it went on to have a successful season, finishing sixth in the Cymru Alliance and reaching two cup finals.
Gap Personnel had originally tried to find a suitable partner for the club in the immediate local community to keep its position in the Cymru Alliance league.
Commented Gap Queen’s Park’s General Manager Stewart Roberts: “Our search for a suitable CA-league partner locally failed for a number of reasons. The spiraling cost of the Queensway Stadium, owned by the local council, has been a key factor as there is a proposed 25% rental increase this year.
“Problems finding funding to operate a Cymru Alliance club with a playing budget at a competitive level and the lack of clubs with grounds that meet the league’s ground grading criteria also meant that several interested parties in the area weren’t able to go ahead with a merger.
“Gap Queens Park will therefore merge with Borras Park Albion and Gap has agreed to the club being run by the current officers of BPA. We had specified that part of the club’s name, either Queens or Park, be kept in the name of any merger and this is already in place with BPA’s current name.”
Gap will provide BPA with the club assets it currently owns (dugouts worth £2,000) and will provide BPA with a cash donation for the development of the ground at Dean Road Borras. The intention is for BPA to use the funds jointly on barriers surrounding the pitch and the placement of the dugouts to enhance the facility they play at. The remainder of the funds will be used on the football club’s youth section.
There are already a number of links between the two football clubs. The original Queens Park team was founded by a group of players that left Borras to start it. Current QP player and ex-chairman Dave Evans played for Borras as a youth and on dual forms in recent years. Ian Pierce, a Gap Queens Park player last year, is the son of current Borras chairman Tom Pierce.
This year’s youth set up at Borras will have over 250 youngsters playing football every week, a large number of these coming from the Queens Park area.
Concluded Stewart Roberts: “Gap is proud to have saved Queens Park from folding some 14 months ago and it has been our goal to ensure the survival of the club in some shape or form in the longer term. Returning the club to the community has been a step forward to safeguard its future, and we are happy that both Queens Park and BPA will continue to thrive through the merger.”
16 June 2008