Troubled Badgers remain in limbo

The home of Eastwood Town FC, Coronation Park, remains boarded up. Photo by Lizzi Lathrop.
The home of Eastwood Town FC, Coronation Park, remains boarded up. Photo by Lizzi Lathrop.

Question marks remain over the immediate future of Eastwood Town FC despite them having been evicted from Coronation Park.

As the Advertiser went to press on Thursday morning, the Badgers remained members of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, although a meeting was scheduled for later in the day where league officials would further discuss the club’s future.

Saturday’s match at home to Gresley FC and the trip to Coalville next Tuesday have, as expected, been postponed, with strong doubts remaining that the Badgers will ever play again in their current guise.

As reported in last week’s Advertiser, landlord Broxtowe Borough Council has locked Eastwood Town out of their Coronation Park ground after no rent had been allegedly paid for nearly three years and the club also being heavily in arrears with business rates.

Evo-Stik NPL officials were due to meet last Sunday to discuss Eastwood’s future although no developments from that meeting have been made public.

However, in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday, the Evo-Stik NPL said: “In response to correspondence from the Northern Premier League, Mr Steven Lynch of Eastwood Town Football Club has indicated that their forthcoming fixtures at home to Gresley (1st Feb) and away to Coalville Town (4th Feb) will not be able to be played.

“In Mr Lynch’s reply there were other statements and requests made which will be considered in a meeting of league officers and directors tomorrow, January 30.

“The Northern Premier League for the time being will not be making any further statement relative to Eastwood Town Football Club.”

See for Steve Lynch’s detailed statement.