Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Grounds for Joy as Team on the Up after Decision

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Grounds for Joy as Team on the Up after Decision

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Byline: Wearside League

Stokesley have won promotion to the Northern League after an eleventh hour resolution of a red tape row.

Whitehaven clinched the title with an emphatic 5-1 win at Annfield Plain and so Stokesley must settle for the runners-up spot.

But although they did not play, Stokesley got a fantastic result on Saturday as they passed their much delayed ground inspection - subject of a bitter pyramid bust-up - and were told they would be accepted into the higher league.

The wrangle came as Northern League chiefs insisted they had not received an application to join from Stokesley before the deadline.

Stokesley insist they did everything by the book and Wearside League officers appealed to the FA.

After months of wrangling, the door finally swung open.

On Saturday, NL bigwigs inspected the plush Broughton Road ground, given a pounds 750,000 revamp last year as part of a joint development with North Riding FA.

And they gave it the thumbs up for promotion. …

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