Hope for new stadium as Truro bought by Pirates

Written by Samuel Turner |

Truro City Football Club has been bought by Cornish Pirates Rugby Club in a move that could have major implications for Cornish sport and the Stadium for Cornwall project.

The Rugby Union side, who play in the second tier of English rugby union, have become the new owners of the club, after purchasing the club from the current owners Peter Robert Masters and Phillip Perryman, who saved Truro City after the club went into administration in 2012.

For the last few weeks there has been speculation over the sale of Cornwall highest ranked football club Truro City, who play in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football. The new owners were revealed yesterday morning, before Truro City’s game against East Thurrock.

Mennaye Field Stadium
Mennaye Field, Penzance, current home of the Cornish Pirates. Photo: John Lord

Not many details have been realised about the purchase thus far, but it has been confirmed is that the two clubs will continue to have two separate chairmen and boards.

Once confirmation of the purchase has been received from the FA and the RFU, Cornish Pirates will effectively be the holders of all of Truro City’s contracts and assets. Cornish Pirates will not be the owners of Treyew Road, Truro City’s stadium, which stays in the hands of developers. However, there have been some reassurance coming out of the club that they will continues to play their home games at Treyew Road for the foreseeable future.

In an interview with the BCC Micky Evan, Cornish Pirates’ majority stakeholder made it clear that the purchase of Truro City FC “secures the future of professional sport in Cornwall”.

Stadium for Cornwall

This statement is most likely a reference to how the purchase will affect the plans for the Stadium of Cornwall. The Stadium of Cornwall is a project to build a 10,000 seater multi-purpose stadium on the outskirts of Truro in Threemilestone.

Both Truro City and Cornish Pirates intended to play at the stadium prior to the sale, and it is hoped the purchase will make it easier for progress to be made on the stadium, as the finances and management behind the project become clearer. It is hoped there will be movement soon to start work on the project that was given planning permission 4 years ago.

Truro City ended up losing their first game under the new ownership 3-1 to East Thurrock, leaving them only 5 points above the drop zone with just 8 games remaining. Fans will be hoping that the new owners will be injecting cash into the club which could see the White Tigers’ fortunes turn around next season. But the immediate focus for Truro City is to avoid relegation.

The sale of Truro City could cement the place of high level professional football and rugby union in Cornwall, through the pooling of wealth and talent, and by providing a clear pathway for the Stadium of Cornwall to be built.