One hundred and thirty five years of history is under threat after Skelmersdale United were refused a new lease or extension to their existing lease on their Stormy Corner home.

The club revealed that the owners of the site, Chequer Properties, have failed to come to an agreement that would see Skem remain at the stadium, now known as the URETEK Stadium.

The news caps a terrible few days for the Merseyside club.

On Saturday they were relegated from the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division after a 6-0 home defeat against play-off chasing Buxton.

It has been a tough season for the club after long-serving manager Tommy Lawson departed and was replaced by former Nottingham Forest left back Alan Rogers.

Now the club, FA Amateur Cup winners in 1971, fear that they could be thrown out of the league and could go out of business.

In a statement released on Tuesday night club chairman Paul Griffiths revealed the extent of the situation.

“We have been trying for almost 2 years to reach an agreement to remain in business at our stadium, but the owners of the site Chequer Properties have refused to grant an official new lease or extension.

Without this we will be thrown out of the league and the history of this great community club may be lost forever. We would appreciate support and help from anyone to resolve this matter, and keep the Amateur Cup Winners, Skelmersdale United alive and well for the West Lancashire community.
It is unthinkable that one business should decide to close the club down by their unfair actions, and unwillingness to grant this lease. This closure would be tragedy for Skelmersdale United, its fans and the wider community.”

A number of non-league clubs rallied around to support Skelmersdale with league rivals Grantham Town tweeting “It’s terrible that any club should be put in this position. Hopefully @Skemutdofficial sort it & it’s only relegation they have to deal with”.

The club that beat Skelmersdale in the 1967 FA Amateur Cup Final Enfield Town tweeted “Bad news for our friends at @Skemutdofficial – we wish them all the best”

Meanwhile Skem manager Alan Rogers tweeted “The short time I have been there Skem is a fantastic little family club with a lot of passionate people behind it. Shocking this.”

Updates are awaited on the situation but as it stands Skelmersdale United are facing the very real threat of going out of business.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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