Steeton served notice at Cougar Park
Mon 21st October 2019 | Steeton
By David Brindle
Steeton's ground share agreement with Keighley Cougars will cease at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Cougar Park has been Steeton's home since entering the NWCFL last season, but will not be their ground going forward.
This comes after the Rugby League team informed the First Division North side of their intention to serve notice on their arrangement.
That agreement was made with a prior regime at Keighley Cougars, with the new board deciding to explore other options.
This leaves Steeton with the task of finding an alternative home, whether it be temporary or more permanent, for the 2020/21 season and going forward.
A club statement said, "Last Monday Keighley Cougars advised us that it is their intention to serve notice on us playing at Cougar Park at the end of the 2019/20 season.
"Whilst, of course, this is a huge blow to the club, we are grateful to Keighley Cougars for giving us a six month notice period.
The club confirmed the search for a new ground is already underway.
The North West Counties Football League are also aware of the situation and offering support and advice to the club during this period of instability.
One option that is not viable is a return to the club's former home of Summerhill Lane due to the unlikelihood of it meeting ground grading requirements.
Steeton's manager Roy Mason was keen to stress the club are eager to resolve this issue and continue the club's progression.
He said, "As a club we have put a considerable amount of time, effort and not to mention expense in progressing from Step 7 to Step 6 and taking our first steps on the non-league ladder.
"We believe that playing non-league football is the way forward for the club and myself and the whole of the committee are resolute in our ambitions to keep progressing and moving the club forward.
He's also keen to retain the support of the current spectators and local businesses despite the upheaval.
"The support that we have received since making the move has been fantastic and ideally we wish to remain in Keighley and we hope that the business’ and sporting public of the town will continue to support us as we look to secure the long term future of the football club."
Steeton welcome AFC Liverpool to their soon-to-be old home on Saturday, and their goodbye game at Cougar Park looks set to be Easter Monday against Nelson.