Travellers force Barnsley club off football pitch

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A Sunday League club has been forced to switch grounds after travellers pitched up on their turf.

Barnsley Council ordered Commercial FC to find an alternative place to play to ‘avoid confrontation’ with the occupiers of caravans which have parked up on the grass, just off Broadway.

The club had to switch a cup tie to an away venue.

Manager Michael Thomas, aged 29, said: “They are driving their cars and vans on the pitch and ruining it.

“It’s frustrating because we can’t do anything about it.”