Hares caught in legal trap over the GER Ground

PUBLISHED: 11:20 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:38 02 June 2010

By ADAM LAZZARI ATTEMPTS are being made to force March Town United Football Club out of the GER Ground, it has been claimed. There is also talk that the GER Sports Club, which leases the ground to The Hares, have been offered £2 million for the land, in

By ADAM LAZZARI

ATTEMPTS are being made to force March Town United Football Club out of the GER Ground, it has been claimed.

There is also talk that the GER Sports Club, which leases the ground to The Hares, have been offered £2 million for the land, in Robingoodfellow's Lane.

However, GER Sports Club solicitor Steve McGregor said this week that he has no knowledge of the offer.

We reported in last week's Cambs Times that The Hares have been given a forfeiture notice from the GER Sports Club, ordering more than £50,000 of repairs to be carried out to the grandstand within 90 days.

If this deadline is not met a possession order could be made, leading to the possibility of March Town being removed from the ground.

In a letter to this newspaper March fan Anthony Rose claims that the GER Sports Club are going through financial struggles and are using the grandstand issue as a measure to remove the club from the ground.

Mr Rose said the dispute goes back to an agreement made in 1994.

His letter states: "In 1994 the then secretary of the GER had forgotten to apply for a new licence to sell alcohol. March Town FC had a licence which was transferred to the GER in exchange for a new lease on the ground which includes the GER paying the football club about £8,000 a year. This has been the status quo since but the GER now find themselves in financial difficulty and want to stop paying the football club this amount, but lawfully cannot unless March Town are seen to break the terms of the lease they hold."

Mr Rose admitted the grandstand is not fit for purpose but claims up until this season the GER Sports Club have carried out repairs on a regular basis.

He added: "The GER hoped that when the letter from the solicitor was received, the football club would simply fold, but I understand that is not going to be the case and the football club intend to fight all the way."

Mr McGregor confirmed that an agreement was made between the GER Sports Club and March Town FC over the alcohol licence whereby the football club receives an annual fee but strongly denied that an attempt is being made to remove the club from the ground.

He said: "The GER Club is not in any financial difficulty, there is no doubt about that."

He added: "There is a stipulation in the lease that requires the football club to maintain the grandstand to a good condition.

"People at the football club may think there is a hidden agenda behind this but it is absolutely not the case."

March Town FC chairman Phil White said: "We are here to talk and hope we can resolve this as soon as possible.


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