End of the road for Liversedge Football Club?

Liversedge Football Club Chairman, Bob Gawthorpe.
Liversedge Football Club Chairman, Bob Gawthorpe.

Liversedge FC could be forced out of the league because of outdated facilities - leading to the demise of the club after 104 years.

Club president Bob Gawthorpe has issued a dire warning for the future after a planning wrangle left Liversedge unable to bring their stadium up to date.

Quaker Lane, which leads to the club stadium, is blighted by potholes, has no footpath and is too narrow for two emergency vehicles to pass at the same time.

And residents have complained that the lane becomes too congested at peak times, which has led to a long-standing dispute with the club.

Because the road is not fit for purpose, the club keeps being turned down for planning permission and funding to upgrade its changing rooms and other facilities.

That means the stadium might not be up to the required standards - a situation which would see Liversedge kicked out of the Northern Counties East League, said club president Bob Gawthorpe.

He said: “We have been told we have to have new changing rooms and women’s facilities by the start of next season.

“But there’s no point applying for planning permission because we’re not going to get it.

“The situation is dire. It looks as though North Kirklees is going to lose these facilities.”

People at the club hope Kirklees Council can help after Liversedge FC bought the stadium from the local authority.

Mr Gawthorpe said: “We bought the ground 17 years ago from Kirklees Council with a promise they would support us.

“We have cost Kirklees no money at all, ever.”

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “At full council on Wednesday, councillors heard from the president of the club.

“At that time, they agreed to write back to him with a response. This will be done at the first opportunity.”