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Thread: Barnsley FC approached Bradford City over ground share as fears grow for club’s futur

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    Barnsley FC approached Bradford City over ground share as fears grow for club’s futur

    The Yorkshire Post

    BARNSLEY contacted Bradford City earlier this year about the prospect of a potential ground-share at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

    The Reds hierarchy are understood to have discussed the potential for formal talks with the Bantams at several junctures last season regarding the feasibility of relocating away from Oakwell in the future – but nothing ultimately materialised.

    In January, The Yorkshire Post revealed that Barnsley had also spoken last season with another Yorkshire club in Rotherham United about the possibility of a future groundsharing project.

    Barnsley also reportedly approached other EFL clubs in 2020-21 – including two in Lancashire – about potentially hosting the club’s matches, with their long-term future at Oakwell remaining unclear.

    Paul Conway: Barnsley’s co-chairman said in August club had abandoned plans to buy stadium.
    Speaking in August, co-chairman Paul Conway confirmed that the club had abandoned plans to purchase the ground and intended to stay on as tenants, but did not rule out the prospect of relocation if the ground is not modernised.

    In October, the club controversially decided to close the 130-year-old West Stand to spectators until further notice, citing safety concerns and crowd management issues as the reasons behind the decision.

    The move affected 1,000 season-ticket holders. A number relocated to other parts of Oakwell, but some asked for refunds.

    Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council – who hold a fifty-per cent stake of Oakwell alongside the Cryne family – expressed disappointment at the decision of the club to shut down the West Stand and said that the facility passed an inspection by the local authority in September.

    The club have stressed that their primary goal is to stay at Oakwell and positive discussions have been recently held to that effect with Barnsley MBC officials, it is understood.

    The Reds hierarchy are committed to a positive relationship with the council going forward, according to sources close to the club.

    Back in January 2020, the Reds’ majority shareholders exercised an option to buy the half-share of Oakwell owned by the Cryne family – who still retain a 20 per cent shareholding in the club – but subsequently raised a number of concerns.

    Speaking about the Oakwell situation in late summer, Conway said: “If we are caught in a situation where we can’t use the ground without not getting a (stadium) licence, we have to keep alternatives out there. That is the right thing to do for any club, but the goal is to stay here.

    A general view of the Utlilita Ennergy Stadium (Picture: PA)
    “We still have six years to go on it (Oakwell lease). We need to generate more revenue which allows us to be more competitive.

    “Some of our revenue generation is limited by the facilities and all the supporters will know that.

    “We are working with the Council and hope it comes to a good resolution, but need to see some capital improvements. We were willing to put it in ourselves, but could not get clean title on it.

    “Last year, during the pandemic, the investment group put in millions into escrow as part of buying the stadium. Our goal was buying the stadium and a big part of the reason why we invested in the club.

    “Simply, we cannot get clean title on the ground. Similar to if you are renting a house and you want to purchase that house, you want to get clean and clear title on it. And we can’t – and we can’t get title insurance either.

    “So the club has abandoned the attempt to purchase the ground, so we are a tenant here.”

    Barnsley are in action this evening in new head coach Poya Asbaghi’s first match in charge against visiting Swansea City at Oakwell.

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    They just don’t understand BFC supporters do they !!

    I realize most of that article is old hat but I’ve not picked up the Bradford City bit before. Imagine !!
    Last edited by POGGYWELL; 23-11-2021 at 05:21 PM.

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    I think it will be the final straw for most fans, if they ever do go through with a move to another teams stadium.
    Im hating everything I hear these days from and about the owners, and this isn't going to end well. 😬

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    THESE PRATS ARE ARE USING A GROUND SHARE AS A THREAT TO GAIN FULL CONTROL JUST SHOWING WHAT KIND OF Rsoles THEY ARE

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    But what's the 20% doing about it ?

    C'mon James lad grow a pair ffs .

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    There needs to be more detail than this.
    The Cryne family have said they are willing to sell their 50% of the ground.
    Barnsley Council are a sleeping partner and hold the other 50% to ensure football is retained at Oakwell.

    So then - what are the complications relating to ‘clean title’ ???

    Does that mean that PMG want 100% ownership of the ground - because if that’s the case I know that most supporters would be against that idea for a couple of reasons:
    1) it goes against the legacy left by Patrick Cryne.
    2) Supporters will not trust any company to fully own the ground as there could be a risk that the land could be used for other purposes other than football.

    The council need to hold out on this and keep their 50%.
    But what is stopping an agreement being drawn up that allows for:
    1) PMG to purchase the 50% from the Crynes.
    2) Pay a peppercorn annual rent for a period of say 99 years to the council for their 50% - ie gain ownership of the ground on a half free hold and half lease hold basis.
    3) PMG to develop the ground in the knowledge that any future money made from the sale of the ground returns to PMG.

    Complicated - but surely something on those lines could be drawn up.
    Last edited by Young_Nudger; 23-11-2021 at 10:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by animallittle3 View Post
    But what's the 20% doing about it ?

    C'mon James lad grow a pair ffs .
    What can the Cryne family do. They’re minority shareholders so get out voted every time

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastStandRed View Post
    What can the Cryne family do. They’re minority shareholders so get out voted every time
    I understand that ESR but hopefully he's seeking out some partners to buy the club from PMG .

    Surely as a Barnsley fan and with 20% given what we know you'd think he'd be on it .

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    I'd also like to see The Supporters Trust showing their teeth rather more .

    One particular active poster and recent media figure for the trust who posts on bbs has me worried with some of the things he's posted of late .

    Taking a taty gun to the D day landings wouldn't be a million miles away .

    These owners need forcing out before it gets really ugly .

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    It's beyond a joke all this ,
    "A Storming of Oakwell Towers is required" !!
    Arseoyles Out

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