RADFORD ON FIELD MILL LEASE NEWS
LEASE WARNING FOR MANSFIELD
Non-League Paper, 30Jan2011
John Radford on BBC Radio Nottingham, 29Jan2011, here
John Radford matchday programme notes, 29Jan2011:
"In other matters, we look to file our defence to the court next week ahead of our case against the stadium's landlord later next month. I can confirm that the Football Conference have stated that they will wait to see the verdict before passing any judgement.
I firmly believe we have a good case and things like this must be endured for the long-term sake of the club. I have faith in the law of the land and believe that justice will prevail.
We will fight him on the beaches, and in the courts."
Mansfield have 'strong case' in battle over Field Mill – Barker
Evening Post, 29 Jan 2011
MANSFIELD Town have a 'strong case' in their court battle with landlord Keith Haslam over Field Mill, believes chief executive Steve Barker.
Haslam will attempt to repossess the Stags' home stadium for a second time at Mansfield County Court on February 17.
The club were temporarily rendered homeless before Christmas when bailiffs acting on Haslam's behalf locked them out after a rent dispute.
A meeting between the two parties appeared to have resolved those issues, with a new lease verbally agreed until the end of the season.
But that deal was never signed by Mansfield, who insist Haslam wanted to change the terms of it.
"We believe we have a strong case that we are lawfully occupying Field Mill. We are trying to sort this out, once and for all," said Barker.
"I couldn't say whether things will be settled on the day or whether we will have to go back (to court) again.
"But we don't want it to linger. We want to know where we stand so we can move the club forward."
Barker has spoken to the Football Conference chairman Brian Lee, who says they will wait on the outcome of the court case before deciding if they need to take any action.
All participating clubs in the Blue Square Bet Premier must own their ground or have a lease until at least the end of the season.
Barker said: "Brian has assured us there are no insurance issues, but we don't know yet whether there would be retrospective punishments if the court doesn't find in our favour.
"We have also drawn up a plan B and are talking to local clubs (to groundshare) in case the need arises, but hopefully it won't come to that."
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