Britain's oldest groundsman in plea to save his club

Britain's oldest groundsman, Terry Henderson, would give his life savings if it meant he could save his club Credit: ITV News

Britain's oldest groundsman is offering his life savings to help save a local football club which is on the brink of folding.

Terry Henderson spends 12 hours a week looking after the pitch at Hallen Football Club.

But after Almondsbury Parish Council decided to withdraw funding, the 76-year-old offered up all his money.

Hundreds of people have attended a special meeting to talk about the 66-year-old football club's future.

People were told that despite the Parish Council funding the club for 40 years, it now wants the club to sign a lease and cover all costs. The club said that would amount to more than £20,000 a year, which they told its supporters was unaffordable.

Unless a solution is found, the club has to hand the keys over to Almondsbury Parish Council on Sunday, 31 May.

Almondsbury Parish Council said: "The club is not being evicted. Financial support has been provided for many years by the council and our responsibility to the residents of the rest of the parish must be considered.

"Unfortunately a solution has not proved possible and Hallen Football Club are unable to sign any agreement or to pay an economic rent on the premises."

Young and old are fighting to save their football club from closure Credit: ITV News

You can watch Victoria Davies' report on the fight to save Hallen FC below: