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Malvern Town’s ground to be given face-lift by new owners

Malvern Editorial 29th Oct, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PROJECT to inject new life into Malvern Town Football Club’s historic ground is set to start next month.

The Langland Stadium, which has been the club’s home for the past 67 years, will be given a fresh look as new owners Chris Pinder and Ted Grizzell begin to make their mark.

As part of the plans, the pitch will be reseeded and rolled, new fencing will be put up and the car park will be resurfaced.

The clubhouse will also be improved, with one of its store rooms converted into office space, and additional security measures will be put in place.

Mr Pinder, who took over the club last month, revealed a more extensive plan has been planned for the summer, while a piece of scrubland will be cleared to prepare for the reinstatement of two seven-a-side junior pitches ahead of next season.

The club, which plays in the West Midlands Regional League – the tenth tier of England football, was being forced to sell its stadium off Langland Avenue as it struggled to find the funds needed to pay off its longstanding debt.

A receiver was then appointed to push through the sale before Mr Pinder and Mr Grizzell stepped in to rescue the club from possible closure.

And speaking to The Observer, the new owners insisted they had no immediate plans to move away from its current home.

Mr Pinder said: “There are a lot of chimney pots near here and there is a large local community that can walk to the ground, which is important in getting people through the turnstiles.

“The current ground may not be fit for purpose when we are looking to operate multiple teams and we are getting bigger crowds which the car park currently can’t hold.

“But these are all things which I don’t think will be required for at least two years.”

Mr Grizzell added: “I think if we can just give it a little refresh it will be a good facility for us to work from and I believe it suits our needs at the moment.”

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