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Debt action begins against Binos

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

Stirling Council has raised a court action to recoup more than £60,000 from Stirling Albion Football Club.

The local authority lodged an action with the city's sheriff court on 26 August for £62,836 in unpaid rent and rates for the team's Forthbank Stadium.

The club, known as the Binos, have rented the stadium from the council since 1993.

The action follows a plan by fans of the team to buy the club from current owner Peter McKenzie.

Stirling Council said it had raised the action to secure the repayment of £58,000 in commercial rent and £4,836 in rates.

A spokeswoman for the council said negotiations between the club and the authority were ongoing to find ways for the money to be repaid.

A report into the issue is due to be heard at the authority's next full council meeting on 1 October.

The news comes just six weeks after the Stirling Albion Supporter's Trust offered £300,000 to Mr McKenzie for the Second Division side, which was turned down.

In May the group launched the BuyStirlingAlbion campaign, which has attracted support from such sporting luminaries as Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Murray.

They are aiming to make the club the first UK league team to be 100% owned by football fans.

So far the campaign has raised more than £82,000 from fans who each own a £40 stake in the Stirling Albion Supporters Trust.

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