Stricken club’s ground falling into disrepair

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Burned out buildings, decaying stands, rubbish strewn across the floor – the current sorry state shown in the
picture above shows just how far a town’s football ground has fallen into disrepair.

The image throws a spotlight on the shoddy state Rothwell Town Football Club’s ground in Cecil Street has become after repeated burglaries and arson attacks over the past 12 months.

The stadium was put up for sale in March after administrators were called in with the club’s debt spiralling to £300,000.

The team stopped playing at the ground after last season and have failed to find a new home.

Former secretary Roger Barratt said: “I haven’t been up there since we locked the doors at the end of last season because it would break my heart.

“I’ve been involved with the club for so long and it’s such a sad, sorry situation.

“It’s been vandalised beyond recognition.”

Earlier this month the ground’s social club was hit by a winding up order in Northampton County Court.

Rothwell Town Council chairman Karl Sumpter said: “It’s very disappointing for Rothwell as we are a traditional football town and it will be sad to see the loss of the ground.”

The club played in the United Counties Division One last season.

Cllr Sumpter said he understands the ground has now been sold, and club members have previously told the Telegraph they hope any sale will generate leftover cash to buy a new home for Rothwell Town FC.