London Welsh ponder ground purchase deal
July 14, 2012
London Welsh will share the Kassam Stadium with Oxford United FC next season © Getty Images
London Welsh are in talks with Oxford United FC about a possible joint purchase of the Kassam Stadium that the two clubs share.
New Oxford United chairman Ian Lenagan has revealed that the League Two club are hoping to "form a joint company" with co-tenants London Welsh to buy their home ground from former U's owner Firoz Kassam.
"We want to buy the stadium, but you have to buy it at the right price and in the right circumstances," Lenagan told BBC Radio Oxford. "The link-up with the rugby club is a positive in that respect."
Lenagan also owns rugby league side Wigan who share the DW Stadium with the town's Premier League football side and he admits both set-ups can be problematic. "The parallel with Wigan is exactly the same," said Lenagan. "Dave Whelan owns the stadium, he is an interesting character to deal with. He can be difficult just as Mr Kassam can be difficult.
"We continue to be in conversation with Mr Kassam. We've openly been in discussion with London Welsh about forming a joint company to own the stadium and conference centre. But they have to stay up and that is not going to be easy."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
On Saturday, New Zealand face the USA in a match that has been 40 years in the making. Tom Hamilton finds the atmosphere building in Chicago
Most modern rugby players will not know the name Ray Williams but they should be eternally grateful to him, writes John Taylor
With the All Blacks playing the USA Eagles this weekend, Craig Dowd says rugby is ready to make a professional breakthrough Stateside
"He had a death stare so you'd know when you were wrong." George Kruis talks about his mentor Borthwick, fly-fishing and his England aspirations