MP John Mann promises update on Worksop Town stadium progress early in 2016

Windsor Food Stadium, Sandy Lane.  Worksop Town FC  (w120711-1g)
Windsor Food Stadium, Sandy Lane. Worksop Town FC (w120711-1g)

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has promised a progress update on his attempts to get Worksop Town FC a new stadium, early in the new year.

Mr Mann first spoke of his belief that a £2million football stadium could be a reality for Tigers in October 2014.

He outlined hopes for the project, which would include a 3G pitch in constant use, and said he had identified five potential sites in and around Worksop.

The Guardian asked the MP for an update last week, and today his spokesman said: “John tells me that he will be giving more information on this early in the New Year.”

Worksop currently groundshare at Sandy Lane – the ground they built and moved into in 1992 before losing control of the lease and finding themselves locked out in 2008.

They are tenants of Handsworth Parramore, whose financial backer Pete Whitehead purchased the lease for Sandy Lane in 2011, and looks set to take his club back to Sheffield in the near future.

Many Worksop Town fans see Sandy Lane as the ideal long term home for Tigers, but the cost of the lease is believed to be beyond the fan-funded club.

The club have not yet confirmed whether or not the groundshare agreement will continue for the 2016/17 season.