Football stadium goes on market and you could buy it – for a huge price tag

An Essex football stadium has been put up for sale and it could be yours to buy – but it will cost you.

The former home of Thurrock FC is on the market after chairman Tommy South failed to find a new owner since announcing he was stepping down last year.

But Essex Live reports that a potential buyer would need to stump up a lot of money for the stadium, which is on the market for just under £3million.

Mr South founded Essex Sports Football Club which became Purfleet FC in April 1985 and the club enjoyed a meteoric rise through the non-league pyramid.

Then in 2003 the club changed its name to Thurrock FC  and became founder members of the Conference South, the second tier in the game outside the Football League.

The club played its final competitive fixture at the conclusion of the 2017/18 season.

Buyers will be able to lace up their boots in the dressing room and play on the hallowed turf before relaxing with a drink or two in the clubhouse.

The main pitch is surrounded on all four sides by terraced stands, with some seating on three sides.

Included in any proposed sale is the clubhouse, a stadium catering outlet and a merchandise shop.

The whole lot, located off junction 30 of the M25, is up for sale.

A further two football pitches are located to the north of the main pitch, which are used as training facilities and playing fields.

The Thurrock Hotel, consisting of a four-to-five storey building, with parking, sits at the southern boundary of the site.

The site is separated into three main areas: Thurrock Football Club, which is 5.45 acres in size, the training pitches, which are 9.15 acres and the buffer zone, measuring 2.81 acres.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove’s property expert, said: “It’s not every day that you see a football stadium for sale on Rightmove, but I’m sure lots of football fans will be interested in this plot of land.

“As a Nottingham Forest fan, Ship Lane is not quite as impressive as the City Ground, but it was a football cathedral for Thurrock fans, and I’m sure the site will be snapped up soon.”

This property is listed for sale with Dedman Gray.

You can find more information about the property on the Rightmove website .

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