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York City Urges York City Knights To Sign Up to Community Stadium

Stadium Frontage

12:23pm 6th January 2015

York City is urging York City Knights fans to encourage the club's Chairman John Guildford to sign up to York's new Community Stadium.

The Knights are currently in a legal dispute with York Council, which is behind the project, and now face playing their home matches in Doncaster.

An agreement for the Knights to play at York City's Bootham Crescent ground has been withdrawn by York Council because of the legal dispute.

Sophie McGill, York City's Communications Director, explains why the Knights can't play at Bootham Crescent until they sign up:

Sophie McGill has this message for Knights fans:

In response, York City Knights John Guildford sent Minster FM the following statement:

"Both myself and the knights are both fully committed to the new stadium and look forward to sharing Bootham Crescent whilst the New Stadium project is completed. The contracts and arrangements for training facilities involve several extremely complex legal documents, however, our respective legal teams are now in discussion and I expect that the legal formalities will be completed very soon. Its not just a matter of signing a document as there are several documents and our advisers are reviewing these with the utmost urgency to secure the best future for the Knights. The council and their advisers are working with our advisors and we are optimistic that both parties will come to a amicable early conclusion.

"I note the football club have a signed agreement now in place with the City of York Council and can only assume that it is either:-

"1. Only a conditional contract subject to planning approval for the new scheme which is yet to be given approval by the planning committee.


"2. The agreement states City of York Council WILL provide a new community stadium, in which case the council can offer the same terms to York City Knights which will cover the 5 Year Security of tenure to meet RFL Rules and Regulations.

"I would like to thank the City of York Council for their continued commitment to York City Knights and the stadium project and we look forward to working in partnership with them in the new stadium and in the interim period while the new stadium is been completed."

A York Council spokeswoman told Minster FM:

"We are not able to go into the details of litigious claims. Legal representatives for both parties are in discussion".

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