Friday, August 8, 2008

News: United in Rotherham


The Football League has approved the new company behind Rotherham United to take their place in League 2, at a cost of 17 points. Unable to agree a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) after the old company entered administration, the team has been punished by the league and will begin the season tomorrow against Lincoln at Don Valley Stadium on -17, joining Bournemouth and Luton at the foot of the league. The club have also made assurances that they will return to play their games in Rotherham within four years, working with the council in establishing a community stadium. New owner, Tony Stewart told Rother FM: "The future is looking good and consent has been given for us to play at Don Valley and in four years time there will be a new stadium. I've seen the plans, it's not make believe, it's reality. I've been in meetings and it is going to happen." Stewart of Rotherham firm ASD Lighting also discussed the takeover: "It was a new challenge. But everyone at my firm and the club gave me 110% support." The club have teamed up with the Visitor Centre in the town centre to give people every chance of showing their support. Tickets for home games are now on sale and merchandise will be available in the future. Community Liaison Officer, Mark Hitchens said: "What we need now is for the fans to get behind us and for the businesses of the town to back us in our quest to move back to Rotherham in a new stadium. We are now going to be in the media spotlight so it is a massive opportunity for any company to get some good positive advertising."


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