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Team given extra time to pay debt

Stirling Albion
Fans of Stirling Albion are trying to buy the team

Councillors in Stirling have voted to give Stirling Albion Football Club until the end of November to pay a £67,000 debt.

The Second Division side owe the local authority the money in unpaid rent and rates for the rental of their stadium.

The team, known as the Binos, have rented Forthbank Stadium from the council since 1993.

Members agreed to give the side two months to pay the debt but warned court action would follow if it was unpaid.

The dispute comes amid moves by fans of the team to buy the club from current owner Peter McKenzie.

The Stirling Albion Supporters' Trust launched their campaign in May.

Paul Goodwin, from the trust, said: "It's a real shame that it has come to this but it is no surprise to us given how long the club's difficulties have been going on."

An offer by the fans for the club was turned down by Mr McKenzie in the summer.

Stirling Council leader Graham Houston said: "It is unfortunate that the council has to take this decision and it was not taken lightly but we have been very patient with the club and cannot allow the situation to carry on any longer."

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