With the sale of their long term home at Lowfields to housing developers ever nearing, Newark FC who have been in turmoil in recent months due to the uncertainty of their future, have now agreed a groundshare that will see them able to continue to play football and their home games in the county over the 2021/22 season.
The club were served a section 25 notice in November following land owners at their Hawton Lane ground wishing to sell up to property builders and Newark, who dropped their Flowserve surname in 2020, have since been looking for alternative venues to ensure their Midland League campaign can go ahead as planned when kick off for next season gets the green light.
Newark released a statement earlier today that said “Following a period of uncertainty regarding the future of Lowfields and Newark Football Club, centred on the issue of a Section 25 notice (under the Landlord and Tenants Act 1954) and the subsequent necessity to vacate the site. We are now in a position to announce we have agreed a season long ground-share opportunity with a Nottinghamshire club for the 2021/22 season and thereby assuring the continuance of the football club.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported the club in our attempts to stay at our home –Lowfields – and greatly appreciate and respect the efforts by members of the community and our fans and supporters. These efforts were unable to secure our continued operation from Lowfields or indeed the longevity of the grounds. However, we do not believe they were in vain, as they showed the depth of feeling for the Lowfields site as a community asset, and a location for sporting activity. Unfortunately, with very few options left available to us we have taken these steps to assure the future of the football club.
“We are in discussions to ensure that the football club returns to Newark, where it belongs, for the 2022/23 season. More details on the ground-share and any progress on the discussions will be released over the coming weeks.
“As mentioned above the continued support of our fans and supporters has been instrumental in the clubs progression over the last 4 years, and is something the club do not underestimate. We hope you will continue to support us through what will continue to be a difficult period and through a long, tough season both on and off the pitch. Our aims are to secure the future and status of the football club and to return to Newark, back to the community we have been made to feel an integral part of. Even though we will be operating away from the town and its surrounding communities, we will continue to support the community in every way we can.”
*Main image @NwkFlowserve Newark FC’s Hawton Lane ground will no longer be home from the 2021/22 campaign.