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FC United Starts Building New Stadium

Great news for North Manchester as diggers start digging

Published on October 24th 2013.

FC United Starts Building New Stadium

MANCHESTER's 'football club of the people' (as they self-style themselves), FC United of Manchester, is to get busy.

In an area which has suffered much economic deprivation the announcement of construction of the new ground is good news for North Manchester - there is nothing bad about it in Confidential's opinion. 

The club has announced the construction of their new 5,000 stadium, along with community facilities, to begin later this month following the conclusion of a lease agreement with Manchester City Council.

Currently ground sharing with Bury at Gigg Lane, the site of FC United’s new ground will be Ronald Johnson Playing Fields in Moston, only a stone’s throw from Moston Small Cinema. Construction is set to take approximately forty weeks at a cost of £5.5 million, just in time for the 2014-15 seasons’ start.

The club, formed in 2005 as protest to the Glazer’s ownership of Manchester United, has enjoyed a meteoric rise up from the depths of non-league football. The announcement of a new stadium is the latest milestone in the young club’s life.

In keeping with the FC United’s ethos of sustainability the new ground has been funded by the club’s members, raising the £2 million needed to gain the support of major investors Sport England, the Football Foundation, Manchester City Council and the Manchester College.

The community benefits of the project has been one of the key reasons for its success, most notably Moston Junior Football Club, one of Manchester’s leading junior football clubs, should benefit from the building of the new facilities.

In an area which has suffered much economic deprivation the announcement of construction of the new ground is good news for North Manchester - there is nothing bad about it in Confidential's opinion. 

On top of the social benefits are financial ones, renting Bury’s ground for games was a significant cost for the club. A more stable financial situation should help build the team and improve results and lead to further promotion up the English league system in future."

FC United board member Mike Sherrard saluted the community driven achievement:

“This is another historic day in the short life of FC United and we are now in a position to deliver a football ground and community asset for the benefit of Moston and Greater Manchester as a whole.

"A tremendous amount of hard work has gone into getting the development to this stage and it is not too late for supporters and the community to join in and be a part of the ground breaking Community Shares Scheme which helped demonstrate to national funders such as Sport England and the Football Foundation the desire and commitment of FC United to make this happen. The scheme is already being copied around the country. Where Manchester leads others follow. This will be a facility for us all to be proud of.”

Currently sitting eleventh in the Northern League Premier Division, FC United of Manchester would be in for a dream season if they could pull off promotion this year having suffered play-off heartbreak the previous three seasons.

FC United of Manchester’s new ground flyover.

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 24th 2013.

I think it's an excellent development too. BUT it does "yet again prove" that whether it be playing fields in Moston, Piccadilly Gardens, Twisted Wheel or Century House etc etc etc - you can campaign & complain, sign petitions and form as many protest groups as you like, the fact is MCC don't give a damn what you think. Wake up Manchester!

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AnonymousOctober 26th 2013.

You seem to be suggesting that MCC should only listen to the views of one side; in this instance, those who were opposed. There are plenty of people in and around Moston in favour of this development, they just don't make as much noise as those opposed. They had their say, they had their day in court, and it went against them. Nothing more, nothing less.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2013.

Er no, I was pointing out that MCC don't seem to listen to ANY side apart from their own. As I stated, I'm in favour of this development, but know full well that the views of the public, pro or anti of any scheme, are simply worthless!

JoanOctober 28th 2013.

The public defeated the planning application for an over-large block of apartments in Castlefield Basin. The building is now The Wharf. However planning decisions cannot be determined by a process resembling a popularity contest; 'material planning considerations' are what counts.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2013.

The public defeated that Castlefield application Joan, OR Manchester Town Hall defeated their "beloved" Peel Holdings more like eh?

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 24th 2013.

Good point that one Anon. But with the city centre much comes down to aesthetics and on several notable occasions, it appears the council has limited knowledge of design. The elected members of the planning committee during the Library Walk debacle wouldn't have known a Titian from a teabag. However initiatives such as FC United in areas lacking in investment are a different matter. I'm told there was clear majority - often silent - support locally in favour of the idea, despite a vocal anti-protest.

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AnonymousOctober 27th 2013.

Planning is not a judge of aesthetics. Since most of the City Centre is in conservation areas it is English Herttiage's job to be concerned, and MCC Advisory Committee on Conservation to advise. Currently MCC Planning won't let you see their representations. It's about time the local guidance each on conservation areas was reviewed and the record of EH and the Committee made public. MCC had always taken the review that a proposal for development should be granted unless it does not comply with the Planning Statements. There is nothing in them about aesthetics. I look forward to reading about EH, the Committee and Planning/aesthetics in ManCon

AnonymousOctober 25th 2013.

This will be a great benefit to moston and other parts of north manchester and also it will give all youngsters in manchester a chance to watch affordable football instead of watching it on tv or playing on video consoles.Well done to all involved in making this happen.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2013.

Great news. Congratulations FC United.

Duke FameOctober 31st 2013.

How many stadia does one town Need? Rochdale, Oldham, Bury, Stockport, the one next to trafford ctr, City's Ground, the one next to it, Old Toilet. These guys would be better off sharing

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GimboidOctober 31st 2013.

You are aware, I'm sure, that all of those stadia, apart from FC United and City's, are in different towns?

EvoNovember 1st 2013.

Oh no, Duke Fame has had an absolute nightmare there...

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