Hayes & Yeading United fans are facing up to losing their football club in three months’ time unless significant investment can be secured.
Chairman Tony O’Driscoll last night held an open forum with supporters to discuss the future of the club at their proposed future home at Beaconsfield Road in Hayes.
Hayes & Yeading brought an end to their three-year groundshare with Woking this year and are now playing their Conference South home fixtures at Maidenhead United’s York Road.
In order to start playing football at their proposed new home, the Beaconsfield Road ground must first meet the National Ground Grading Category B standard.
Visible progress was made during the close-season, including brickwork on the interior of the main stand, but worked has now stalled.
Crippling fees of more than £1,000 a game to play at York Road are now putting the club at breaking point and it is understood that £300,000 is needed to get Hayes & Yeading back playing in the borough.
O’Driscoll admits the cash-strapped club cannot afford to fund the move as it stands but United are actively seeking investment to try and finance the build.
Novel ways of raising the money are also being trialled and H&Y are even selling copies of video game Football Manager 2015 at a knockdown £20 to help the cause.
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Meanwhile, United manager Phil Babb, who also attended last night’s meeting with his assistant Tristan Lewis, has secured the signing of Southend striker Isaac Layne on loan until the end of December.