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Troubled Nuneaton handed another blow as they issue ownership and groundshare update

Troubled Nuneaton Borough have been handed another blow as they take to issue an update on the club’s ownership and another groundshare.

Boro, who currently sit 10th after 18 games played after are two points behind the playoff places with a numbers games in hand in the Southern League Premier Division Central, had been at Liberty Way since 2007 until they were evicted back in October.

But once more, they are on the lookout for new investors with DA Capital deciding to “relinquish ownership”, just under a month after DA Capital director David Anderson took control alongside Nick Thompson and Robert Tidmarsh.

Ownership update

This evening we can confirm that DA Capital have relinquished ownership of Nuneaton Borough FC.

DA Capital have decided they can no longer take the club forward and we are now seeking new ownership that will ultimately secure the clubs future.

The club will remain in the stewardship of vice-chairman Ian Cook, until new owners are found.

If anybody would like to discuss ownership of the club, please contact commercial@borofc.co.uk

We understand that latest situation damages the clubs reputation even further and brings itself, more challenges.

Once again, we can only apologise to our loyal fans, sponsors and volunteers.

Further information will follow, once we have it.

Nuneaton left Manor Park in 2007 for Liberty Way, which had been owned by Nuneaton Rugby Club, and the stadium was then owned by Arden Tigress since 2019, only for the latter to then serve an eviction notice due to their rent being arrears in October 2023.

This has led to Nuneaton having to play ‘home’ matches at the likes of Stratford Town, Coventry City and are now due to groundshare at Barwell, which is 10 miles away.

Nuneaton issued a statement, in which they said: “The Boro will play their home games at Kirkby Road until the 6th March.

“We are pleased to announce that following our discussions with Barwell Sports Trust and the Southern League, we have agreed an Emergency Groundshare whereby Nuneaton Borough’s home fixtures – up to 6th March – will be played at Kirkby Road. If we are unable to return to Liberty Way by that date, we will have to submit another ground share request to the FA.

“In order to not conflict with Barwell FC or Hinckley AFC’s fixtures, the majority of our games at Kirkby Road will either be on a Friday evening or a Sunday afternoon.

“Thank you to the FA and the Southern League, who have considered all options available to us, including ground-grading all of the possible clubs in our vicinity. Barwell FC was the closest ground to us that fulfilled the league’s ground requirements for our level.

“Also, thank you to Barwell FC for being able to accommodate us at such short notice, while we continue to try and resolve the situation regarding Liberty Way. We really appreciate your support in this matter.

“Our first game at Kirby Road will be this Sunday against Telford United. More information to follow soon.”

The long term plan is to try and get back to Liberty Way, with the club adding: “We are keen to get the club back to Liberty Way.

“One of our first jobs following the takeover has been approaching the landlord to enter into talks with us.

“We can advise a letter has been sent to the landlord’s solicitor and we are awaiting a response back.

“We have no interest in anything than getting back to Liberty Way and we are keen to get this resolved as soon as possible.”

After days of talk on social media over the intentions of himself and his two fellow investors Nick Thompson and Robert Tidmarsh, DA Capital’s David Anderson said: “I apologise to all for the limited communication since our takeover two weeks ago and for any consequent uncertainty regarding the club’s ownership.

“We needed to find our feet in the club and get to know what we are faced with and how we are going to work to find a solution, and we felt it premature to release a meaningful statement prior to having assessed the situation.

“Our ambition is to get Nuneaton back to Liberty Way as quick as possible and for this football club to run on its own feet with minimal financial input.”

The club are also looking to “tackle the club’s debt, which will of necessity involve some harsh decisions in the short term.”

This is what social media users are saying as troubled Nuneaton are handed another blow as they issue an ownership and groundshare update…

@baymart: I sympathise with @NuneatonBoroFC and hope that this situation is resolved.

@HastingsLIFE: Sad news! Hope new owners can be found soon!

@HowseChris: Get the buckets out! Joke of a club!

@TheRMcQ1986: What a blow this is 😔 Hope new owners can be found soon 🙏🏻

@garyadweir: Have DA capital become worn out and tired? http://da-capital.co.uk Hopefully, they cut their losses and release the club into the hands of the membership and/or fans.

@ddFrancis88: Have very fond memories covering this club, hope this is sorted ASAP

@sirandymitchell: DA Capital, the company that took control of Nuneaton Borough recently, has walked away. Vice-chair Ian Cook takes the reins for now but the club is seeking interested parties. Some may sneer, talk about budgets, etc, but there are some great people at Boro – hope they get sorted

@Dudsey_: Terrible news for the town and the fans. #rubbish

@masjlitt: Nuneaton still aren’t in the clear 😢

Maz Mulholland: Should never have left Manor Park

Paul Vaughan: Fingers crossed this club deserves to survive ⚽⚽

Sarah Roberts: We were once one of the best non league football teams in the country! Now look….😓

Andy Wilson:
19th November “The club can today confirm a takeover by DA Capital”
15th December “This evening we can confirm that DA Capital have relinquished ownership of
Nuneaton Borough FC”
What a shambolic state of affairs.

Mark Light: That’s what happens when you have a crook running the club

Lee Randle: The people of Nuneaton deserve far far better than this. What a sad state of affairs. The club is finished.

Liam Percival: What an absolute joke and it’s a shame for us fans to be lead up the garden path , us fans deserve more for this great club

Steve Cheshire: Sadly the boros demise was sealed the moment they sold manor Park. And with the loss of its heritage and spiritual home, it also lost many of its fans including myself. Never attended a game at the Attleborough ground despite it being nearer to home. Amazed the club has lasted as long as it has.

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