Monday, March 29, 2010

FC United's new ground boost

Source: Manchester Evening News

March 29, 2010

Jubliant FC United fans are revelling in the news that the dream of having their own ground has become reality.

It was revealed last week that Manchester’s city council has provisionally given the go-ahead for the 5,000 capacity stadium to be built in Newton Heath.

And that decision has been greeted with resounding support from the Rebels’ followers, according to FCUM Radio commentator Keith ‘Keg’ Johnston.

“The feeling among fans I’ve spoken to is one of euphoric giddiness,” said Johnston.

“It’s been a long time coming - a lot of work has gone in up to now but there’s still a lot left to sort out as well.”

Johnston believes that the ground could provide FC with the platform to become a Football League club, and reckons a base of their own will complete the club.

“You’re only really half a club without your own home and this gives everyone involved with the club a focus going forward,” he said.

“To get towards the automatic promotion places in this league, you need a larger playing budget than we’ve got.

“But the ground gives us financial and timescale targets and will open up revenue streams, like match-day catering, that aren’t available at the moment.”

The fact that the ground is to be at Ten Acres Lane is also popular with FC fans, and Johnston is optimistic that the local community will welcome the move.

“There are so many connections and we’ve got roots there already,” he said.

“Hopefully, the community will see the benefits to having FC United based in their area.”

Meanwhile, title contenders Guiseley proved too strong for FC United as they eased to a 2-0 win at Nethermoor Park on Saturday.

The in-form Lions produced an efficient display in blustery conditions to condemn the Rebels to a fifth defeat in their last six games.

“The better team on the day won - they’re a strong side and we found it difficult to match their physicality,” said FC manager Karl Marginson.