The Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League have released the following statement this evening regarding Hull United.
Following the loss of their home ground at Hull KR Rugby League Stadium, Hull United FC have been in talks with a number of member clubs and other parties to investigate the possibility of securing tenure, either ground-share or wholly, to play their home games.
They presented to the League Management Board a proposed ground-share agreement with Brigg Town FC which was carefully considered by the Board.
After due diligence, this request was refused since it was considered not to be in the best overall interest of the competition and its member clubs.
In arriving at this decision, it was noted that Brigg Town FC already had a Reserve team sharing the ground playing Saturday fixtures along with other games involving an Under 18 team and professional club youth games.
This situation of First team, Reserves and Hull United FC would have left 24 home games to be played in a 14 week period without any further postponements and any other fixtures Brigg were committed to and the pitch condition would be a major concern given the extreme number of games still to be played.
Clearly this would have involved a number of clubs having to play their fixture against Hull United on a midweek evening rather than a Saturday afternoon as currently scheduled and this was felt to be unreasonable on the clubs involved.
In addition, Brigg Town FC currently have an issue with non-compliance of floodlights and, whilst it is hoped that this matter would be resolved, at the time of writing written certification is still not held by the Competition.
In view of the above factors, the League Management Board carefully considered all options and decided under Rule 8.17 to request Hull United FC to play their fixtures away from home until the end of the season or until as such time that they can offer a suitable ground that meets the ground criteria required.
Also, a proposal was submitted concerning the possible use of a local Hull Sports ground but since this ground did not meet the ground grading requirements this was also deemed to be unsuitable.
In the meantime, the League Management Board are committed to assisting Hull United FC to find a suitable solution to this issue.