Consortium launches Wakefield football club

Consortium launches Wakefield football club

A consortium and business people and a former Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United goalkeeper have joined forces to bring a professional football team to Wakefield.

Wakefield Association Football Club will kick off the 2019-20 season in the Central Midlands League, playing home fixtures at the nearby Pontefract Colliers Stadium until the redevelopment of Belle Vue Stadium is completed.

The new team will then move into Belle Vue and share the pitch and ground with Wakefield Trinity as part of a multi sports stadium.

Businessman Mike Hegarty is behind the new club, which will be chaired by Chris Turner, a former goalkeeper for Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United, Sunderland and Leyton Orient.

Hegarty said: "This is the culmination of a nine-year dream.  Wakefield is the UK's largest city without its own football team something that football fans and proud citizens have complained of for decades. 

"After years of negotiations and a hunt for a suitable management team and guarantors we are able to launch Wakefield AFC with a clear plan to develop professional football in the city.  To finance the team, we will be launching a share issue to raise funds and we have a team in place to attract sponsorship.

"The realisation of this dream is due to the combined hard work of some determined business people, the conviction of former Premier League goalkeeper, Chris Turner and the professional acumen of Russ Green, who will be CEO of the venture."