OLDHAM SUFFER NEW STADIUM SETBACK

Oldham Athletic Football Club's hopes for a new stadium took a major blow after proposed plans to move to Failsworth were rejected by the Charity Commission.

The Latics wanted to build a 12,000-seater stadium on the site to replace their existing home at Boundary Park. However the Commission refused to sanction a land swap deal leaving the future of the project in doubt.

Oldham chairman Simon Corney told OAFC.com: "For whatever reason we cannot make progress. I believe Oldham Council wants a new stadium, but I don't think they’re capable of helping us to deliver it.

"We’re considering our options in the light of the ruling, but feel we’ve been badly misled. I’m not spitting out my dummy. I just want the best for the club and for the fans."

It is bitter blow for the club who were recently blocked from redeveloping their existing home.

"We can't keep playing at Boundary Park which is an old, dilapidated stadium in which less and less people are coming through the doors," he added. "The ground should have been demolished 10 years ago, and here we’re still talking about moving."

Corney highlighted the decline of Stockport County, who do not own their own ground, as a warning as to what could happen to his club. "It was not long ago they were an established Championship club and now they are staring at relegation to non-league football," he said.

Oldham has said it is now considering all options to build a new stadium.

Posted on 04/02/2011