Sandy Lane lease to change hands?

Worksop Town FC, Sandy Lane, Worksop.'Missing pitch perimeter fence.
Worksop Town FC, Sandy Lane, Worksop.'Missing pitch perimeter fence.
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THE lease for Sandy Lane football ground could be set to change hands.

1861 Leisure chief Howard Raymond told the Worksop Guardian this morning that he was in negotiations over the council owned ground with a third party – rumoured to be Windsor Food Service chief executive Peter Whitehead.

Mr Whitehead is the financial backer of Sheffield Parramore FC, a Central Midlands Football League Supreme Division side who play their games at Don Valley Stadium, and his company also supports the County Senior league and Under 19 competitions.

Parramore, one of the oldest works clubs in existence, have applied for entry to the Northern Counties League for next season, in the event that they win promotion.

Former Tigers chairman Mr Raymond said: “I have entered into exclusive negotiations with a third party.”

But Mr Whitehead remained tight lipped on any possible deal, saying: “I’m not prepared to make any statement, I’ve entered into an exclusivity agreement.”

A spokesman for Bassetlaw Council issued a brief statement, confirming that the lease was subject to an enquiry.

“The council have been approached to ascertain whether it is possible to assign the benefit of the lease,” he said.

In recent weeks Worksop Town owner Jason Clark had told the Guardian he was in talks over a possible return to the ground on Babbage Way for next season, as tenants of 1861, but talks broke off when the leaseholders entered the exclusivity negotiations.