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Cray Wanderers chairman bids on Orpington land to house new stadium

PUBLISHED: 11:28 17 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:28 17 May 2013

Gary Hillman failed with his plans for a 5,000 seat stadium in Sany Lane, St Pauls Cray.

Gary Hillman failed with his plans for a 5,000 seat stadium in Sany Lane, St Pauls Cray.

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Cray Wanderers Football Club could soon be returning to Orpington after chairman, Gary Hillman, bid on land currently owned by Bromley Council.

Mr Hillman has confirmed his offer on The Manorfields care home, in Avalon Road, as well as adjacent land that he hopes to convert into a new stadium for the The Wands.

The side have been without a permanent home since losing their home ground in Chelsfield Lane in 1972, and have been playing their home matches at Bromley FC’s Hayes Lane stadium.

A planning application was submitted to the council last year by Mr Hillman, who had hoped to build a 5,000 seat stadium in Sandy Lane, St Pauls Cray, complete with space for 182 homes.

The club chairman remains hopeful his bid for the Orpington land will be successful, but states he will renew his interest in the Sandy Lane site should his offer be rejected.

He said: “I have been telling the council for the last 10 years how much bringing Cray Wanderers back home would benefit the community. Hopefully now they have seen the massive proven success of Dartford FC and Maidstone United’s new grounds in their home town centres, we can now make this happen.”

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