Hartlepool United Football Club has seen its attempts to takeover Billingham Town’s ground as payment for a £10,000 debt knocked back by the Northern League club.
The payment to the Npower League One club, who use Billingham’s ground for reserve games, relates to improvements they made to the stadium. But the Northern League refused the offer due to the history in developing the stadium from the land.
Peter Martin, a committee member at Billingham, said: "Billingham Town Football Club Limited provides facilities and opportunities for approximately 250 players in the borough across 16 teams.
"The club is run entirely by volunteers. We remain committed to providing this service and cannot agree to any proposal of the type made by Russ Green [former Hartlepool chief executive] which would mean losing the ground that we have built up from a playing field.
“We remain willing to negotiate with Hartlepool United Football Club and we hope it will work with us to achieve a resolution which makes the best use of facilities which belong to the residents of Stockton Borough Council."
Any movement of the lease to Billingham’s stadium to Hartlepool would require Stockton Borough Council's agreement as it owns the freehold to Bedford Terrace.