Ossett Townstrikes deal’ with Tesco supermarket

Ossett Town FC are considering selling their Ingfield ground to raise cash because of a lack of sponsorship from local businesses. Simon Turfrey

Ossett Town FC are considering selling their Ingfield ground to raise cash because of a lack of sponsorship from local businesses. Simon Turfrey

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A TESCO supermarket could move into Ossett after the retail giant’s offer to buy a football ground was accepted.

Bosses at Ossett Town Football Club said a fee for their Stade France ground, on Prospect Road, has been agreed and they hope to have a contract drafted by the end of the year.

It confirms long-standing rumours within the town that Tesco would buy the ground despite fierce opposition from residents and local businesses to a £4.5m bid which fell through in 2006.

The ground will also host Wakefield Football Club’s home games this season.

Ossett Town chief executive Simon Turfrey said the club was looking to move into a new community stadium with a focus on nurturing young players.

He said: “We have agreed an offer with Tesco for the sale of the ground and are currently discussing a re-location site.

“We are financially struggling at our current location. Finance has a big knock-on effect on how much football budget we can afford which is why the team is struggling on the pitch.

“We will be staying in the old borough of Ossett, that’s all we can say at this time.”

Mr Turfrey said the new stadium would feature a training facility for the club’s new academy setup.

He added: “It will give us the facility to earn money and give us a budget, and also give us the chance to encourage young footballers to play for the club.”

A spokeswoman for Tesco said the firm had been negotiating for several sites in the region but would not confirm that any offers had been made for the Ossett site.

Last month the firm announced plans to open a new city centre supermarket on the old Sainsbury’s site, on Ings Road.

The development would create 450 jobs.