Belfast Telegraph

Floods could force Derry football club to move

By Gareth Hanna

A Co Londonderry football team may be forced to leave its home ground due to both severe flooding and an invasive plant species.

Institute has played home games at Drumahoe's Riverside Stadium since 1980 but that may end because of a Japanese knotweed infestation. The ground was also badly flooded in August.

Since then, the club has agreed a deal to play home games at Wilton Park on Derry's Limavady Road for the remainder of the season.

But the combination of the knotweed infestation, which can take years to eradicate, and ground insurance in the wake of the floods means the club's stay at Drumahoe is likely to be over.

Derry City's Brandywell Stadium, the Limavady Showgrounds and the stadium pitch at St Columb's Park are reportedly under consideration.

"We are currently negotiating with the YMCA about our lease and we are actively seeking potential relocation," chairman Bill Anderson told the Derry Journal.

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