Breaking news: Real Bedford secures 15-year lease at McMullen Park

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Real Bedford re-branded from Bedford FC. Image: Real Bedford FC
Image: Real Bedford FC

Real Bedford FC has secured a 15-year lease at McMullen Park, just months after owner Peter McCormack accused Bedford’s Mayor of blocking their renewal.

Announcing the news on his own X-feed, Mr McCormack called it, “…great news for the town and everybody involved in football in Bedford.”

He then added his thanks to “…those who worked hard to get this over the line, especially Alan Young at @BedsFA”.

Speaking further to the Bedford Independent about the lease renewal he reiterated his thanks and belief this is “great news” for Bedford.

“Bedford deserves a men’s team in the Football League and a ladies team in The Championship, and we have a plan to deliver it,” he said.

“Securing the lease extension at McMullen Park allows us to focus on bringing more trophies to Bedford and plan a stadium fitting of our ambitions.”

Controversy

Earlier this year, Mr McCormack wrote an open letter to Bedford Mayor Tom Wotton (Conservative), accusing him of blocking the renewal of Real Bedford’s lease at McMullen Park.

Read: Real Bedford FC owner claims foul play in renewal of McMullen Park lease

In his letter he said, “In some of our dealings with the Council, we have been left with the clear impression that we are viewed as an irritant and that the Council have more pressing concerns. This is despite this issue being of the Mayor’s making.”

But he has since praised council officers who have worked with him and Real Bedford on getting the lease renewed.

Mayor Tom Wootton has denied standing in the way of the lease renewal and that he doesn’t have an agenda that favours one team or sport over another.

Speaking to the Bedford Independent at the time of Mr McCormack’s letter, he said: “I’m here to support Bedford and all sports across Bedford Borough,” he said.

“These things take time and we’re working on making sure Real Bedford can have a suitable home that meets their requirements, and look forward to continued discussions with them.”