Owner Withdraws Funding, Forcing Club to Vacate Glanford Park: Scunthorpe Plunged into Chaos

    Scunthorpe’s future took another grim turn after owner David Hilton decided to withdraw his funding and the club were forced to play away from their Glanford Park home.

    Now plying their trade in the National League North, Scunthorpe were in the Championship just 13 years ago but now face an ongoing, very real threat of extinction.

    To complicate matters further, following the announcement that they would be leaving Glanford Park to play their home matches at Gainsborough Trinity, their immediate neighbors in the Northern League insisted that the announcement was made without their “knowledge or consent”.

    On Thursday afternoon, The Iron confirmed that Hilton had decided to withdraw his money from the beleaguered club.

    “The owner and chairman of the club recently notified the board of directors of his decision to cease funding the club in the future,” the statement said.

    “He also informed them that he considered his position at the club untenable and was actively seeking a way out. Based on this information, both Ian Dawson and Tahina Akter decided to resign from their positions with immediate effect.

    “We can confirm that many parties have made contact with the club with a view to acquiring it, but having faced problems at the stadium, numerous legal proceedings and winding up petitions, no potential buyers are moving forward. This includes a consortium of local businessmen and supporters.

    “The chairman and the rest of the board have now developed a plan to make the club sustainable very quickly.”

    The statement went on to confirm that they will play their upcoming home games against Buxton and Brackley Town at Glanford Park before moving due to a dispute with landowners Coolsilk, which is managed by former Scunthorpe owner Peter Swann.

    “The club will leave Glanford Park after the match at Brackley Town and will play their season matches at Gainsborough Trinity Stadium,” the statement said.

    “This is not daily cost cutting. This is because Coolsilk refuses to cooperate with the club and demands to vacate possession before they do so.

    “It also comes with the risk the club faces as it will have to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs and market rent, as well as significant monthly legal costs, which will certainly impact on any efforts to achieve sustainability.

    “In any case, Coolsilk owns the property and will undoubtedly repossess it at some point and therefore, without the financial support of the chairman, it is no longer viable to expose the club to such a gamble to simply guarantee a few extra months.” at the stadium.”

    Despite announcing they would play their games 16 miles from Gainsborough Martin & Co Stadium, Trinity insist they have not signed any such agreement.

    “Gainsborough Trinity FC are aware of the statement issued by Scunthorpe United today,” they said in their own statement.

    “This statement was published without the knowledge or consent of Gainsborough Trinity.

    “While the club has always been clear that any requests by Scunthorpe United to play matches at the KAL Group Stadium will be considered, this must always be done in accordance with due process, which will involve both the clubs and the stadium owner.”

    Scunthorpe currently sit fourth in the National League North and have lost just one of their opening nine games of the campaign.

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