Welwyn Garden City FC told: Improve ground or be relegated

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

The club's ground in Herns Way, WGC

The club's ground in Herns Way, WGC

A FOOTBALL team could get relegated if improved stands for fans are not built by March 31. WGC Football Club needs to upgrade its ground in Herns Way into a 100-seater stadium - with another 100 places for supporters to stand under cover - to remain in i

A FOOTBALL team could get relegated if improved stands for fans are not built by March 31.

WGC Football Club needs to upgrade its ground in Herns Way into a 100-seater stadium - with another 100 places for supporters to stand under cover - to remain in its current league.

The club has applied for planning permission from Welwyn Hatfield Council, but is unlikely to get the thumbs up until March 20 - leaving just 11 days for work to be completed.

The stadium currently has one covered seating area, containing just wooden benches.

Club secretary Dick Dunning said: "It only needs improving. So we aren't asking for anything we haven't already got.

"It's all for the community, as we've got a youth team and a ladies team.

"If we don't get the grading, we will get relegated."

WGC plays in the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League and is currently 15th in the table.

A Football Association spokesman said changes were compulsory but added: "Clubs are informed their grounds have to come up to a certain standard.

"Each case is treated separately; we don't want to see any team get relegated.

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