Durham City confirm Consett ground-sharing deal

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Durham City have agreed a ground-sharing deal to play at Consett’s Belle View Stadium.

City have been turfed out of New Ferens Park by the ground owners, and will begin their Consett era with a home Ebac Northern League Division One game against Jarrow Roofing on Tuesday, November 24.

A club statement on the ground-share read: “This will meet the club’s current short term needs, but it is the club’s intention to return to its home town of Durham as soon as feasibly possible.

“Any location will be required to meet the ground grading requirements with playing in the Northern League and the associated competitions.

“The club is determined to rebuild the club on a long-term sustainable basis to bring stability and success back to the club.

“With that in mind, discussions have already taken place as to the long-term facilities. Once a location and facilities are agreed, this will be supported by a long-term business plan giving a clear focus and direction for the club.

“Clearly this may take some time and may mean that in the short term changes will be needed. However these decisions will be taken with the long- term interest of the club at heart and in the interim Durham have the agreement to play out of Belle View for as long as this process may take.”

City will host a question and answer session for supporters at Belle View on Sunday, November 29 (7pm), with City owner Olivier Bernard joined by league chairman Mike Amos and Consett chairman Frank Bell.