CLUB STATEMENT ON 10 YEAR LEASE
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 01 Mar 2011
We wish to make the following statement concerning our ability to meet Football League membership criteria.
The Football Conference have indicated to us that in order to be eligible for promotion to League Two next season, or to take part in the BSBP end-of-season Play-Offs, evidence must be shown that we have at least a ten year tenancy at Field Mill in place by the end of today (Tuesday 01 March 2011).
We would therefore like to inform supporters that we have applied for an extension of this deadline due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding our current tenancy arrangements at our home, Field Mill.
Our legal fight with landlord Keith Haslam is an unprecedented step by a BSBP club to question the legal ownership of its stadium and we firmly believe that we have a strong moral case to see it through to its conclusion before the Football Conference or Football League place any further demands on us to satisfy membership rules.
Should we successfully finish in a Play-Off place, it is our hope that common sense should prevail and that our attempts to right the alleged wrong doings of the past do not act as a barrier to our potential promotion.
Not only is our legal case unusual, we can assure fans that every effort is still being made on our part to resolve the matter before the case (Stags Ltd V MTFC) proceeds any further in the courts.
Chairman John Radford has previously gone on record to state that he is confident of reaching a permanent resolution before our scheduled appearance in Birmingham High Court next month and has had constructive dialogue with Mr Haslam over acquiring the freehold outright from him.
In light of the unique nature of our current situation, we now appeal to the Football Conference to waver this deadline until after April 14th
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