Amateur football: It’s a lock out!
Nov 11 2008 by Linzi Nicholson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A LONG-established football club is looking for a new home.
Players and officials of Britannia Sports were shocked last week when they turned up for training to find themselves locked out of their premises off New Hey Road, Salendine Nook.
Moves to clarify ownership of the site have been ongoing for approximately five years.
Members of the former Britannia Sports and Social Club had been sold the land by previous owners Hopkinsons Valves.
But when they came to sell it on, proof of ownership could not be decided and members chose to go into vountary liquidation.
Peter Sargent, as liquidator of the company, has finally established ownership of the site and instructed Eddison’s Estate Agents to seal it off.
He said: “We need to protect the site for insurance purposes if nothing else.
“If the new club, Britannia Sports, wishes to apply for a licence to occupy the site or put in an offer to purchase then we will, of course, look at it and an appointment can be made for them to retrieve all their belongings.”
Club chairman Barry Humphreys said: “This lock-out came as a total surprise to us.
“Our senior players went training as normal last Tuesday, but by Wednesday, the juniors were locked out.
“All our kit, nets and training gear are still in the building and we had to contact the league secretary to postpone our matches this weekend.
“We have just renewed our bar licence, and we’ve paid all the bills and insurance on the site over the past five years.
“Now we have nowhere to play or train.”