Friday, April 08, 2011

Undaunted FC find new home site

 Source: Bury Times

 FC United could leave Bury at the end of next season after organisers of the non-league club confirmed they had found a site for new home.

The Evo-Stik League Premier Division side wanted to start their 2012-13 campaign at a new stadium in Newton Heath, but the proposal fell through last month when Manchester City Council withdrew £600,000 funding.

It looked like the hold up would keep the Rebels at Gigg Lane until at least 2013 and continue paying Bury up to £5,000 a game. However, United general manager Andy Walsh said the club now plans to build a 5,000-capacity ground in Moston and, if it can overcome hurdles, the first ball could be kicked there in August 2012.

FC United must now consult neighbours of the Moston site and apply to Manchester City Council for permission.

If the move goes ahead, it would be a further financial blow to the Shakers after they lost a shirt sponsorship deal with Bury Council earlier this year.