Saints and St Helens Town in ground share talks

Langtree Park, St Helens
Langtree Park, St Helens

BOSSES at Saints and St Helens Town are locked in talks to determine how the two clubs can co-exist at Langtree Park.

The non-league football side played at Knowsley Road under a ground-sharing agreement drawn up more than a decade ago.

St Helens Town chairman John McKierran and first team manager Alex Wright

St Helens Town chairman John McKierran and first team manager Alex Wright

That deal states Town will be able to use Saints home in perpetuity after they sold their old Hoghton Road ground and handed over all the proceeds to their at the time financially-struggling rugby league neighbours.

However, club officials are yet to agree on an official date for Town to move into Langtree Park, although it is unlikely to be during this football season.

Neither side would reveal precise nature of the negotiations but the St Helens Reporter understands both sides are concerned about the effect excessive use will have on the freshly-laid Langtree Park pitch.

Talks are currently ongoing between St Helens Town chairman John McKiernan and senior figures at Saints.

He said: “The reality is negotiations are ongoing and the finer details are ongoing - we’ve always said if there is anything newsworthy to say we will put it out there.”

St Helens Town, currently playing in the Premier Division of the North West Counties league, moved into Knowsley Road in 2000. When the Dunriding Lane stadium was demolished Town shared a ground with fellow non-leaguers Ashton Town.

But club officials are keen to get back to St Helens where they can attract better crowd numbers.

Mr Kiernan added: “We’ve suffered in the same way Saints suffered - ableit in a smaller way - in that being on the road has affected our crowd number and sponsorship opportunities, so we’re very keen to get back to St Helens because that’s where our fanbase.

“For us as a club sponsorship is really important.”

A spokesman for Saints declined to coment.