A BITTER village dispute has left a Moray junior football club homeless and facing an uncertain future.
Portgordon Vics have been evicted from their home Gordon Park ground – owned by the former Portgordon United club – and have been forced to play their remaining home games at neutral or away venues.
Vics’ secretary Dennis Clark revealed how a cash row between his club and Portgordon United’s existing committee led to them being put out on the streets.
A spokesperson for the United club responded by saying that Vics had been turfed out because of unpaid electric and water bills and insurance costs.
Clark said his club was “extremely disappointed” to be leaving Gordon Park, their home for the past eight years in welfare and junior football.
He claimed that Vics were left money in a benefactor’s will and said the cash was now being claimed by the Portgordon United group.
And he added that his club was left to foot unpaid ground bills by United’s committee, who also blocked their plans to use their bequest money to fund improvements at Gordon Park.
Vics were forced to travel to Elgin to play Saturday’s home Division 1 West fixture against Inverness City at New Elgin’s Pinefield, and will have to borrow facilities for their last six fixtures of the season.
The matter is certain to be discussed by the North Junior League, who could view Vics’ homeless status as being in breach of their rules unless they find a permanent and suitable ground to call home.Full story and junior round-up in Northern Scot print version.