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Prescot Cables saved by Knowsley Council after purchase of Volair Park

Prescot Cables have been saved by their local council who have bought the club’s ground.

The Northern Premier League West side were facing expulsion from the division after their landlords told them they could not extend their lease at Valoir Park, where they have played for 112 years.

But Knowsley Council stepped in and completed a freehold purchase of the ground while also granting the club a bumper 99-year lease.

Cables will now pay an annual rent of £12,000 ensuring the local authority will recover the purchase cost and generate additional funds in years to come.

Club chairman Doug Lace said: “The board of directors are delighted that we have been able to sign this new lease agreement which will secure our long-term future here in Prescot.

“We have been playing at the ground since 1906 but we have never before had the security of a 99-year lease.

“We would like to extend our thanks to Knowsley Council for their support and their commitment to helping us to remain in the heart of the community and to continue to support local residents and the rest of the town.”

The Step 4 club is 134 years-old and is owned by their fans, with shares available at £5 per year.

Council leader Graham Morgan added: “Prescot Cables Football Club has been a huge part of the town since 1884 and it would have been a terrible blow if the club had to close its doors.

“As soon as we knew the club was experiencing difficulties over the lease, we have been in discussions with them to help find a solution.”

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