ILL-FOUNDED rumours of the demise of Crewe's historic LMR club have been dispelled with the news that it has been bought out.
General secretary Archie Payne this week confirmed that the club in Goddard Street is alive and well after a buy-out by Worcester-based firm C Duddy & Co.
He said: 'We suspect a few people who have been barred before now are going around telling people we are closing, but we've actually been bought out by a private landlord and we are hoping to renew the lease with him.'
He said the club committee had been unable to put together a bid themselves as they only found out it was to be sold a fortnight before it was to be put up for auction.
'The new owner has told us he will be negotiating to renew the lease in September,' added Mr Payne.
The club was originally set up as a coffee tavern by the 'Uncrowned King of Crewe' Frank Webb as an alternative for non-drinking Crewe Works staff, but now has a bar
and is currently home to a number of associations, including the pigeon-fancying West End Flying Club and the Crewe Amalgamated Anglers Club.
In its heyday, Crewe's LMR club was one of the best supported and best loved, and still has its own football pitch and grandstands, built in 1903.
Recent spates of vandalism have left the terraces in urgent need of repair, but Mr Payne dispelled suggestions that the club intended to sell the pitch.
'It's not ours to sell, but the new owner is looking for planning consent to build on the land, though some local coun
cillors have said that a football pitch must be provided elsewhere if that goes ahead.
'The main thing is that we are very much open for business,' he added.