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Travel cost fears for Carlton Town if they are forced to move to new league

The club have just completed a successful season in the Premier Midlands Division - but could now be forced to move over to the East Division.

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Carlton Town have said they will appeal an FA decision to move the club into a new league that would see them travelling to opposition based over 100 miles away.

The club have just completed a successful season in the Northern Premier Midlands Division – but could now be forced to move over to the East Division.

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The Millers revealed the latest FA proposals on their social media accounts on Thursday.

If a move happened then Carlton Town would have to travel to away fixtures in Hebburn – outside Newcastle- and Stockton-on-Tees near Middlesbrough, resulting in large travel costs that would impact the club financially.

The club currently have no away trips over 100 miles but with the new league allocation would mean they face seven.

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The Millers estimate that one of the away games would cost them more than £1,000.

Carlton Town chairman Mick Garton told the club’s website that he would now appeal the FA’s decision

He said: “In my 20-plus years as chairman, I have never received such negative feedback to an announcement; it’s come from management, committee, players, supporters and sponsors alike – all five sections which make up the club”

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“It has been one of the finest season’s in the club’s history and the positivety surrounding the club has been amazing, but in one foul swoop, the FA have smashed all that away”

“This was rumoured a few weeks ago, but calming voices told us not to panic , it was only rumour – how wrong they were. It is a harsh reality ”

Garton added:”I have asked our secretary and strategic development officer to do some work on the implications of this and we will meet with the supporters club over the weekend as well to get their take on things. They say they are happy to be having an away day to Sheffield again, but not much else of this makes them happy from the feedback we have had.”

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