Truro City could play home games at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park
Truro City could be playing their home games at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park next season – leaving supporters facing a 107-mile-round trip to watch their team.
City chairman Pete Masters has pledged that any ground-share deal will only be a temporary measure for no more than three years, however, before a new 4,000-seat home is ready to house the club, which he wants to be playing Blue Square Bet Premier football in five years.
Masters, who along with Philip Perryman, rescued the club from liquidation last October, admitted a move away from the club’s home since the 1950s was “not ideal”. But he believed they had little choice after the freehold of Treyew Road was sold before they became involved, when Kevin Heaney was club chairman.
London-based property development and investment company Helical Bar has an option to purchase the six acre site. City are looking into ways of helping fans wanting to attend games if they did move to Home Park.
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Masters wants the issue resolved before the end of the season. He said: “It is important from the club’s perspective, particularly its first team, to agree the future of the playing facility before the end of the season, to enable us to implement our five-year plan to play Conference Premier football within the city.
“We are trying to make the best of a bad situation and are exploring all avenues. They [Helical Bar] want to maximise their return on the ground and they wish to take occupation within a couple of years. But they are not trying to bully us into anything, and I won’t proceed without a consensus.”
Masters added that he had talked to a couple of Football League clubs about ground-sharing for City’s first team, including Plymouth Argyle, but no decision had yet been made. He has also spoken to Cornish clubs to find a home for the club’s reserves, ladies and youth teams.
Masters said there was no nearby ground capable of hosting the first team, who will in all probability be playing Southern League football next season. He added: “Any move would be for a defined period and be legally binding. It has to be approved by everyone, including the football authorities.”
Masters said any move away from Treyew Road would be accompanied by a legally binding agreement to ensure the club would have a new home, possibly at Threemilestone on land earmarked for a Stadium for Cornwall. The developers would help with the club’s operating costs if they moved and would also help finance a new ground, which could possibly involve ground sharing with Cornish Pirates rugby club.