Quirky clause of King Edward VII’s last grandchild due to kick in today will not sway Cromer Town FC’s future

The future of Cromer Town Football Club remains uncertain as legal opinion is split over the paperwork governing its grounds.

The table topping club could have faced eviction from its Cabbell Park ground today under a quirky lease clause linked to the royal family.

In 1922 land donor Evelyn Bond Cabbell asked that the land be passed back to the town, 21 years after the death of King Edward VII's last grandchild King Olav who died in 1991.

Today marks the 21st anniversary of his death but the club said they are staying put as discussions over the team's future continues, as a new twist to the long running ground saga is now being explored.

A legal expert acting on behalf of the club believes it has the right to remain on the site for another 20 plus years, after it was discovered another descendent of the King had died in 2011. But another barrister has other views over whether the Earl of Harewood could be the club's lifeline to extending the lease.


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Paul Jarvis, Cromer Town chairman, said: 'Our barrister's opinion is that we still have another 20 odd years to run on the trust. Another legal opinion is being obtained, which slightly differs on that.'

Mr Jarvis said discussions were ongoing between interested parties but today's supposed deadline would have no 'immediate' effect on the club, which is currently at the top of the Anglian Combination Premier Division.

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'We're definitely not closing,' he added. 'We're sitting happily at the top of the league and aiming by the end of the season to still be there.'

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