18th July 2016
Following the conclusion of the 2015/16 season, it is with extreme dissatisfaction that Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC have no option but to accept relegation to Welsh League Division Two by order of the FAW.
Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC who finished outside the relegation zone, reluctantly accept the ruling; but under no circumstance agree that our club or any other should be relegated due to another club failing their domestic licence for the Welsh Premier League.
Since the end of the season, Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC have remained in communication via numerous phone calls, e-mails and letters with both the Welsh League and FAW, to which, the Club wishes to express its dissatisfaction and lack of empathy from the FAW towards a Welsh League Club.
The Club, still wholeheartedly believe that the FAW have made this decision not based on sporting merit or performances on the field of play, but by committee’s and boardrooms directed by self interest.
Facts that have been disclosed to us since May have only exasperated our frustration with the ruling, reasons and methods that led to it. Eventually, we were clearly told that the only way forward was an extremely costly court case; as there was no direct method of appeal to the FAW.
We spoke to a number of Legal Representatives, who consistently assured us that we had a very strong case and all were prepared to work on our behalf. Regrettably, but wholeheartedly the committee felt it would be of more benefit to our Club to use its financial resources to further develop the infrastructure of the Football Club ensuring its future sustainability. We believed this decision was taken not just in our interests but in the interest of the Welsh League and its members.
The last thing we wanted is to disrupt the start of the 2016/17 season. This whole experience has had a significant impact on our Club more so than the FAW could ever imagine. We would however, like to thank all Clubs in the Welsh League and beyond, their committee members and the Welsh League officials for their overwhelming and significant support during this dark period in the Clubs short history.
As other clubs have shown, there is often a positive that comes from adversity and it is our Clubs aim to build again and return to the highest level of the Welsh League and beyond.
We look forward to the 2016/17 season in Division 2 of the Welsh League with the opportunity of renewing old rivalries.
At the end of a season, when the pinnacle of Welsh football saw our national team make a nation proud, we would like to remind the FAW, that the game in Wales is only as good as the foundations it is built on.
The club has written to the FAW and pleaded that they provide a robust set of rules for our domestic leagues, ensuring clubs are aware of implications at the end of the season before a ball is kicked in August.
Otherwise, at the end of this season another club could be affected by what are completely unfair decisions made at board level.