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Estate agents score football club listing

Wednesday 15 August 2018

The summer transfer window may have slammed shut but Hednesford Town Football Club, known locally as ‘The Pitmen’, is up for purchase - and Anchor Estates and Propertymark Protected agents Marwood Homes have been appointed to kick off the sale.

‘The Pitmen’ of Hednesford Town FC have a long and proud history, dating from 1880, and is still a favourite with families within the area. The club was originally formed in 1880 by the merger of two leading Hednesford clubs, the Red & Whites and Hill Top, and made their home in the Anglesey Hotel, playing matches at the recreation ground at the back of the building.

After leaving the Anglesey Hotel after the turn of the century, the next stop for the club was at the back of the Cross Keys Hotel & Inn. The Inn still remains to this day, and is regarded by many as the spiritual home of ‘The Pitmen’, though the old ground is long gone.

As the club progressed up through the divisions in the late 80s and early 90s, they began to outgrow the Cross Keys, and sought a new home. The team finally created a ground of their own in 1995. Originally constructed and opened right at the beginning of, arguably, the most prolific spell in the club’s history, Keys Park remains the club’s home to this day.

Steve Price, chairman of Hednesford Town Football Club said: “I’ve been involved with Hednesford Town Football Club for 24 years now, and I feel that the time is now right for me to try and sell the club on to someone else in order to take it forward in the coming years. I’m not getting any younger and I’ve always said that I wanted to make sure that the football club can continue to function – and now I feel the time is right for me to begin a search for someone to be able to do that. Ideally, we’d all like one individual to come in and take the club forward, but we’re open to hearing from all other avenues as well.”

The stadium sits in approximately 5.46 acres, and currently comprises of the pitch, the surrounding stands, the clubhouse, changing rooms, function rooms, bar and car park. The club is still home to Hednesford Town FC, and is also the base for their youth academy and FC Newlands / HTFC junior teams. The sale boasts an FA rated, well maintained pitch, a 6000 capacity stand (5000 standing, 1000 seated), 270 car parking spaces and two coach spaces. There have also been talks of the potential for a 3G pitch.

Sophie Bullock, director at Anchor Estates said: “We’re thrilled to be appointed for the sale of Hednesford Town FC. We love it when we are able to get our teeth stuck into a great listing with so much history. We hope that, with our help, the stadium and team will be able to continue to create a legacy for themselves.”