Bears announce City merger

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WAKEFIELD FC has announced a new link-up with Wakefield City ahead of the 2011-12 football season.

City, who play in the West Riding County Amateur League, were on the brink of folding in the close season but the Bears have stepped in to join forces and make both clubs stronger.

The partnership will see Wakefield FC’s under-18 side and Wakefield FC Ladies reserve side play their games at City’s West Yorkshire Sports and Social club in Sandal from next season.

The Bears, who will play their first team home matches at Ossett Town’s Stade France next season, will also have their name changed to Wakefield City FC for the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

Wakefield FC chief executive Pete Bevils is a former player at City and he insists the merger will be of benefit for both clubs.

“An SOS was sent out by the club to all former players about six weeks ago to help out with fundraising and other things because the club faced the threat of folding,” he said.

“I used to play with Lee Vigars (Wakefield City manager) and former Wakefield FC player Andy McManus is there so it made sense for us to merge.”

He continued: “The big plan for Wakefield FC has always been to form a big, solid football club for Wakefield and by doing this I believe we’re taking another step in the right direction and in turn helping to save Wakefield City. It’s a good partnership for both clubs.”

The merger will also allow the two clubs to share players throughout the season.

It’s not all good news for the Bears with Bevils “resigned” to losing their reserve team for next season and the successful U19 side is also under threat.

The club has been unable to find a suitable ground with floodlights for both teams to play at next term.

Bevils is hopeful a new home for the U19s can be found before the start of the season but time is running out.

It’s been a hectic close season for Wakefield and the club is on the lookout for people to help out in a financial capacity and in ‘hands on’ roles for the forthcoming campaign.

Anyone interested should contact Pete Bevils at pete.bevils@wakefieldfc.com for more information.

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