Crusaders backed to continue

Welsh outfit plan to enter Championship One as a new club

Last Updated: 30/09/11 4:44pm

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Crusaders fans: Want to carry on in Championship One

Crusaders fans: Want to carry on in Championship One

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Crusaders fans have backed the club's plans to enter Championship One next season after an open meeting at the Racecourse Ground.

If they are given approval from the Rugby Football League, the club will be known as Glyndwr Crusaders, Cambrian Crusaders or North Wales Crusaders, with the final decision set to be made via an online poll.

The Crusaders Supporters Club and Save The Cru organisation are behind the new club, which will be partially owned by a supporters trust.

"There is a long way to go but we are hopeful that the new club will launch in a similar vein to Rochdale and Hunslet, who are doing well with having no single owner, which is where Crusaders and others have failed in the past," said Jamie Thomas, spokesman for the Save the Cru campaign.

Crusaders were initially hoping to compete in the second tier Championship after the previous administrators dropped out of Super League but, as a new club, they have been told they must start from the bottom of the professional ladder.

They are likely to keep the Racecourse Ground, now owned by Glyndwr University, as their home and claim to have received a number of expressions of interest from potential coaches.

"I was very encouraged to see a high number of people present who care so passionately about the Crusaders and rugby league in North Wales," said Chris Thair, a member of the RFL's club support unit.

"There was a real sense of unity and purpose within the room and I came away very encouraged."

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