FOOTBALL: Chelmsford seek a new home

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Halifax Town may not be the only non-League club to fold this summer. Chelmsford City, who have been members of the Southern (now Beazer Homes) League since 1938, have been ordered to vacate their ground by the end of next month and may go out of business unless they can find a new home.

Despite attracting gates that are the envy of many GM Vauxhall Conference clubs, the financially troubled Essex club have been in the hands of receivers for nearly a year. The receivers have now sold City's New Writtle Street stadium to an anonymous purchaser, who has told the club to vacate the site by 31 May. Unless they can find a new home or strike a deal with their new landlords, City will be obliged to resign from the Beazer Homes League.

Wealdstone, non-League "double" winners 10 years ago, have been denied permission to switch (for financial reasons) from the Beazer to the Diadora League. Without a ground of their own since 1991, Wealdstone, who spent two expensive years at Vicarage Road, Watford, will leave their current home at Yeading and share with Edgware Town next season.