OFFICIALS at Basingstoke Town Football Club say they will be considering legal action after the Gazette revealed it had unearthed lost paperwork which protects its former home from being built on.

The team has been playing at the Camrose Stadium on Winchester Road for decades but was evicted in August 2019.

For years, the public and press had been told the covenant was 'lost' or 'missing' but the Gazette has obtained a copy.

A statement, published to the club's website, it reads: "We’ve been made aware of today’s front page news by our friends at the Basingstoke Gazette regarding the unearthing of the Camrose Covenant.

"We will be working closely with the Gazette and a legal team over the coming days to determine our next steps and the implications this has on the future of our club.

"We will of course be making further comment as this develops.

"The news does, however, highlight the dire struggles and frustrations the club has been facing at the hands of others as we try to move forward as a community club. We welcome the attention that our club is rightfully receiving and together we will ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring a successful and sustainable future.

"Our squad remain focussed on another important fixture at ‘home’ on Saturday. This is the time to truly get behind your team and your club.

"We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated with our progress."