Whyteleafe have confirmed the club have resigned from the Isthmian League.
The Leafe were due to kick off next season in the Isthmian South Central, but the Surrey club have today explained:
“It is with deep regret and sadness that we informed the Isthmian League earlier today that Whyteleafe FC will not be playing in next season’s Isthmian South Central League. The club has been forced to give up its Step 4 status after new owners of the Church Road ground refused to negotiate a new lease or licence agreement with the club for the 2021-22 season.
“Home to the Leafe for more than 60 years, Church Road was purchased by Irama last year at auction after the previous owners went into administration. Despite numerous attempts by the Trustees, current management committee and an independent fan led group to discuss a way forward, Singapore-based property development company Irama – the new landlords – activated a break clause to terminate the club’s lease on July 31st this year.
“This was despite the club paying Irama nearly £50,000 of back rent that the new owners had been told by the administrators was due for the administration period. Whyteleafe didn’t believe this was the case, as the club had been paying all the landlords’ costs during that period to keep the ground viable and to protect the value of the facility.”