STIRLING ALBION FACE EVICTION FROM HOME STADIUM

Stirling Albion are facing eviction from their home ground over unpaid rent and rates now totalling £100,000.

Stirling Council have run out of patience with Albion owner Peter McKenzie and are poised to terminate the lease agreement at Forthbank Stadium.

This is the second time the council have been to court to recoup money owed by the Scottish Second Division club.

A statement from Stirling Council said: "The council has an obligation to the taxpayers to recover all money due to them. The council wishes to emphasise they are not taking any steps to place Stirling Albion into administration."

The Bino's have reported debts of £1.5m and have survived two winding-up orders in recent months.

In an attempt to increase revenue, Albion planned to sell naming rights for £50,000 a year but this was rejected by the Scottish Football Association last month.

The club has been up for sale since June, after McKenzie announced plans to step down.

Paul Goodwin, spokesman for the Buy Stirling Albion campaign said: "Despite assurances from the chairman that there is no threat to the future of the club each time a story of this nature surfaces, this latest situation justifies our long-held view that there is an urgent need for radical changes to the structure of the club before it's too late.

"We want to sit down with Sterling Council, Peter McKenzie and Gordon Mackay (who last December noted interest in buying the club) to try and sort out a deal to safeguard the future of the club."

Posted on 04/02/2010