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  • Skelmersdale United bosses want to bring club back to town

    Henry James

    BOSSES at Skelmersdale United claim they are trying to bring the club back to the town - and have set a date of January 2019.

    They told supporters at a meeting at Skelmersdale Cricket Club last Thursday that they are in “advanced negotiations” with West Lancashire Borough Council, in regards to the club returning to play in the town.

    Officials at Skelmersdale have agreed an extension to the current ground-share at Prescot Cables, with a break clause agreed with the League for when the new stadium is completed.

    The club has raised more than £3,000 to keep it going, and now estimates that it needs to collect a further £12,000 to sustain its future.

    A club spokesman said: “The club has committed backers for next season but the issue currently is that those funds are not available until the club can officially announce its return to the town. A case of a catch-22, the club has the future sorted but unless something is done in the next two months, there will be no club to have a future.”

    Early in the meeting, chairman Paul Griffiths, explained that the club had tried to extend the previous lease, quelling “false rumours” that the club had not attempted to. The chairman also explained that discussions had taken place from June 2015 up to last October's eviction.

    Attendances for the season so far are down 60% on the previous season.

    Funding for next season has been committed by current sponsors and others who will commit when the club’s return to the town is finalised.

    According to the club’s website, “there are no plans for the club to self-demote to a lower level. The only way the club will be in a different division is if it is relegated at the end of the season.”

    Meanwhile, a fan at the meeting talked about a proposal to allow fans without transport to travel to Prescot.

    Admission prices have been reduced to £8 Adults, £5 Concessions and £1 for U16s, the unemployed and members of the Armed Forces

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