Uncertainty and shock as landlords repossess Maltby Main sports pitches

David Beddowsin Multi-sports venues

Doubts surround the future of a popular sports ground used by hundreds of people after the landlords moved in this week to close the facility and change the locks.

Maltby Main groundsman Jim Liversidge (left) at Muglet Lane with colleague Mick Mills.

CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation) have taken back responsibility for the Maltby Main Sports Ground at Muglet Lane.

A notice pinned to the gate from CISWO states: "The land and buildings on the north east side of Alexandra Street and land and buildings on the north side of Outgang Lane (also known as Maltby Colliery Instistute and Recreation Ground) have today been repossessed by the landord." A contact number is also supplied.

The move follows months of uncertainty about the site, used by Maltby Main FC, Maltby Main Juniors FC and Maltby Cricket Club, since the trustees overseeing it closed the linked Stute Club because it was reported to be losing money.

The latest move has left the sports ground regulars in limbo, including junior footballers due to train there this week.

Part of notice pinned at sports ground.

Groundsman Jim Liversidge said: "Kids were due in every night this week upto Thursday for training and they have nowhere to go now. There is nowhere in Maltby they can really go.

"I wanted to go in and get some things and I wasn't even allowed.

"I don't know what CISWO are playing at and what they're trying to achieve but they're not doing it very well. I know they have the law on the side but it is not the right way."

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