51. The proposal has met with considerable opposition, and not just from the WFC fans one might think would be opposed “root and branch” to such a move. Respected football writers in our national press were generally supportive of the Football League’s decision last August.
52. A Parliamentary All Party Committee (chaired by Alan Keen MP of the All Party Football Group) which comprises 150 members in the House of Commons and the House of Lords is opposed to the proposal.
53. Merton BC is opposed to the move and believe a stadium can be built in Merton for WFC.
54. And of course the Football Association, the Football League, the FA Premier League and the Football Conference Ltd have all provided statements which stress: the identification of clubs with community; the sacrosanct nature of the pyramid system based on sporting merit (English football does not allow a franchise system) and the precedent or floodgates argument, which all weigh against permission being granted for a move of this nature and distance.
56. Indeed most of the hundreds (over 600) of communications we have received have argued against the proposal. They have generally been from individual WFC fans.
57. Supporters’ associations and individual fans from many other clubs and people from as far afield as the United States, Australia (Wimbledon Supporters Downunder), Russia and Norway have also expressed similar views."