An avid soccer fan believes they have found the ideal solution to keep Newark FC in town – building a stadium on the former site of the Lilley and Stone School.

Steve Crane said the Lilley and Stone location is the perfect future venue and he believes this can be achieved when people are ready to meet it halfway.

The grounds on London Road, which had extensive land at the back for sports, had been empty since Newark Academy moved to Balderton.

Steven Crane from the former Lilley and Stone School, which he thinks could be the perfect location for a new football stadium. (47310183)

The trustees have announced that they will consider Steve’s proposal.

“I’ve been traveling around looking for an area that can be turned into a stadium to replace Lowfields.

“There are at least five places, but in my honest opinion it’s Lilley and Stone.

“It’s in the city center and within walking distance for most fans, but also with bus and train connections that some of the away teams could use.

“With the floor there, Newark FC could actually grow its fan base and breathe new life into the city on the weekends.

“There is certainly not a lot of green space in the center of the city that could support a football stadium, but Lilley and Stone are one of them.

“The country exists and there is already a 3G soccer field that needs to be repaired urgently. We still have our floodlights and support stand in the camp, so there is a lot less to do. “

Steve said the land and buildings could be divided up for sporting use while protecting the frontline’s status. Maybe a football academy could use the classrooms.

“Grants would be made available from sports and football associations as well as from cultural heritage persons to protect the buildings. There is enough space there for the football club and the tennis club (which plays there) to expand as well, ”he said.

“In my opinion, this is achievable when people come on board.”