A LOCAL football manager has reluctantly stepped down after being banned from his ground for urinating in a drain.
Jordan Stocks, boss of Swallownest FC, was caught short while working at the Miners Welfare ground during lockdown in April
With toilets there closed, he urinated into the drain in sight of CCTV cameras.
The Miners Welfare trustees allegedly voted to ban him from the site and the decision was upheld despite the pleas of Stocks and the sympathy of the football club.
Stocks said: “I needed the toilet and went to the side of the laundry room and used the open drain parallel to the toilets and then I went back to my car to wash my hands with disinfectant.
“I did it because it was safer to use an open drain in fresh air with no-one around me rather than going to a Covid-restricted area.
“A month later I was told I was barred for life.”
Stocks continued running the team while not being able to attend home matches and hoped the situation would eventually be resolved.
He added: “There has been differences in the past but have been able to work through them.
“For nine months I have pleaded my case and asked for an hearing to put my side across but I have been refused. The trustees didn't seem to want to listen.
“I was told I wasn't allowed to step foot in the car park, the Miners Welfare or the football ground.
“I offered to just turn up on matchday and do my matchday duty and go home and that wasn't acceptable either.”
Stocks, manager for three years and a Swallownest player before, said he had tendered his resignation with a heavy heart but accepted his position had become untenable.
“I don't want to pack in,” he added. “Swallownest FC has been a big part of my life for a good few years. I still love the football club and the people and it is hurting me that I am not allowed to be a part of it.”
The club said in a statement: “Following incidents that took place at the club during the first Covid lockdown, the trustees of the Miners Welfare (the lease owners for the facilities at Swallownest) made decisions resulting in Jordan being unable to attend home matches to carry out his managerial duties.
“Attempts to resolve the issues over a protracted period have been unsuccessful and the situation has become untenable.
“As a result, and with the best interest of the team and club at heart, Jordan offered his resignation and the management committee reluctantly accepted.”
Club chairman Mick Kent added: “Today is a sad day. Jordan has a real genuine love for the club and has given us his all in the five years as a player and then as manager.
“We have been fortunate to have the services of an excellent manager who has built a strong young squad. All at the club really appreciate all he has done and we wish him well going forward.”
The trustees declined to comment.