MANSFIELD Town Football Club have applied for an extension of the Football League deadline which says clubs must have a minimum ten year tenancy on their stadium to be eligible for promotion.
The deadline expires today (Tuesday 1st March), with the Field Mill club appealing for an extension due to what the club says are ‘extenuating circumstances’ surrounding their current tenancy arrangements.
A club statement said: “Our legal fight with landlord Keith Haslam is an unprecedented step by a BSBP club to question the legal ownership of its stadium and we firmly believe that we have a strong moral case to see it through to its conclusion before the Football Conference or Football League place any further demands on us to satisfy membership rules.
“Should we successfully finish in a play-off place, it is our hope that common sense should prevail and that our attempts to right the alleged wrongdoings of the past do not act as a barrier to our potential promotion.
“Not only is our legal case unusual, we can assure fans that every effort is still being made on our part to resolve the matter before the case (Stags Ltd V MTFC) proceeds any further in the courts.
“Chairman John Radford has previously gone on record to state that he is confident of reaching a permanent resolution before our scheduled appearance in Birmingham High Court next month and has had constructive dialogue with Mr Haslam over acquiring the freehold outright from him.
“In light of the unique nature of our current situation, we now appeal to the Football Conference to waver this deadline until after 14 April.”