Whitehead to offer sponsorship deal if club directors can stump up the rent

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

Sandy Lane leaseholder Pete Whitehead has clarified the terms of the sponsorship deal he offered Worksop Town.

The Windsor Foodservice supremo told the Guardian that he had asked the club’s directors – not the club or the fans – to pay the £16,100 rent plus VAT by July.

And in return, he would give the club £10,000 in a shirt sponsorship deal.

Explaining how the rent was worked out he said: “When I met with Jason Clark and Keith Ilett to bring the club back to the town, they told me they were paying £450 a week at Retford.”

“The rent is based on 26 games at £550, and a £1,800 fee agreed with Jason Clark for maintenance of the ground.”

“The £50 comes from them asking to use upstairs in the clubhouse from lunchtime, for visiting directors.”

“The tills at Sandy Lane have always been set up to record the turnover for every hour and we never took more than £20 from when they arrived until 5pm.”

“I was having to pay staff to run it so Jason asked me what I wanted and I said £50.”

“So the £16,100 plus the VAT is £19,320.”

“I suggested each of the directors pay a fifth of the rent, not the football club – the directors.”

“And what I’m going to do is give £10,000 to the club to give them a start and allow them to play at Sandy Lane.”

“All I’ve tried to do is try and help the situation.”

Whitehead’s Parramore side also play their games at Sandy Lane, but are plotting a return to Sheffield to merge with Handsworth at a new ground at Oliver’s Mount.