The Midland Football Alliance
Published 8th June 2012
The Dale have agreed a price with British Waterways to buy the lease on the Beeches - the club’s home since 1974.
It brings to an end months of uncertainty since the club first heard the Packwood Road ground might be up for sale just before Christmas.
General manager Leon Murray said: “British Waterways have always owned the pitch but the social club is ours.
“It was just before Christmas we first heard rumours they might be looking to sell. “British Waterways have taken up charity status and are selling off a fair chunk of land.
“Obviously it was a bit worrying but the first thing we had to do was make sure we got the ground into our own hands.
“The situation now is they have agreed a price to sell the land to us and now we have to work out the best way of funding it.”
Members held a meeting at the social club last week to discuss the best way forward, while an Emergency General Meeting may also be called.
Tivi have enjoyed a fantastic couple of seasons on the pitch, winning the West Midlands Premier League in 2011 and then finishing an impressive fourth in their first season in the Midland Alliance, while also reaching the last sixteen of the FA Vase.
With a deal to buy the ground now in place, Murray believes the club can look forward to even more success in the future.
He added: “Now it’s just a case of how we go about buying it but rest assured, we will find a way, we have no doubt about that.
“The good thing is whatever happens we can look forward to football being played at the ground for many years in the future.”