Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite has at times reflected on the aggravation of being involved in one football club, but may have his plate full after deciding to take on two.

Smurthwaite became landlord of Nuneaton Borough in June after agreeing to buy their ground in a deal which allowed the National League North club through financial problems.

He is Nuneaton’s landlord rather than owner, but was still faced with a headache this week after the local rugby team blocked the entrance to the football club with skips.

That was the latest step in a long-running dispute between the football and rugby clubs who share the Liberty Way ground.

This was the last thing the football club needed before Saturday’s friendly at home to Coventry City, although Borough tweeted Thursday afternoon to suggest the game is going ahead. Port Vale are also visiting Liberty Way, playing a friendly at the ground next Wednesday (7pm).

Smurthwaite spoke to CoventryLive on Tuesday, saying: “The skips were placed blocking the access yesterday.

“I will be starting litigation against Nuneaton Rugby Football Club to resolve the access issue once and for all, but this legal process could take up to a year.”

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