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Old September 11th, 2010, 02:52 PM   #21
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Be a nice little ground that for an amateur club. Even Swinton Lions could groundshare it.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 09:46 PM   #22
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Be a nice little ground that for an amateur club. Even Swinton Lions could groundshare it.
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I dont think a Swinton Lions groundshare is likely to be honest,

First thing to say is that this stadium is going to be mostly self financed, with some of the funds coming from Manchester City Council not Salford.

I believe this is due to the council thinking that it already subsidises the Sports Hall, so for FC to come along and take on the running of the site, the council actually saves money long term and to be fair, with what FC has done in the community as a nomadic "amateur" club so far in five years, it bodes very well for the future and Manchester having such a club in the area.

The other thing is the pitch, I believe the money put aside for the pitch is quite significant, meaning that the likelihood of rugby studs digging into it is not really likely at all.

And finally, I believe the ground will be under FC ownership under an Asset Lock agreement, so unless the members agree, which would have to be due to severe financial pressures in my opinion, there would be no groundshare.

Oh and Ten Acres Lane is in Newton Heath, Swinton Lions belong in Swinton with its roots
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Old September 12th, 2010, 10:12 PM   #23
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Old September 13th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #24
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Yeah its been long mooted that Swinton have eyed that old sports ground in Agecroft. What stops them is a lack of money and perhaps a lack of council support.

Curious that this area of Gtr Manchester will have four newish sports grounds. Two at Sports City, FCUM and the new Oldham ground.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 04:29 PM   #25
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http://www.supporters-direct.org/news/item.asp?n=10671

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Co-operatively Owned Football Club Set To Launch Community Share Offer

The FC United of Manchester Ten Acres Lane Community Share offer is due to be ready for publication this month.

The co-operatively owned football club was created in 2005 by several thousand disenfranchised Manchester United fans who wanted football to be brought back to the community.

It is looking to raise the estimated £3.5 million required to construct its new community stadium at Ten Acres Lane in Newton Heath from a number of sources. The Community Share scheme is targeted to raise £1.5 million of the required amount.

The scheme presents an exciting and more efficient alternative to bank borrowing. FC United is one of only ten projects being supported by Co-operatives UK and central government through the Community Share Scheme designed to enable cooperative organisations like FC United to raise finance from its communities to support expansion and development much more effectively than through traditional methods such as bank borrowing.

The club is working to ensure that the shares are eligible for the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief, which means that an investor may be able to offset up to 20% of investments over £500 against income tax liability.

Only club members will be able to buy Community Shares and therefore anyone who wishes to join the scheme will first need to be a member of the club (at a current annual cost of £12.00).

It is important to note that Community Shares will not carry any additional voting rights but that all those buying into the scheme and becoming members will have a democratic say in the affairs of the club; FC United will retain its one member one vote structure.

FC United is unique at its level of English football in having the club's obligations to its fan communities and local communities written into the Club Objects.

The club was awarded Cooperative UK's Cooperative Excellence Award in 2009 for its cutting edge work with local communities.

FC United seeks to change the way that football is owned and run, putting supporters at the heart of everything. It aims to show, by example, how this can work in practice by creating a sustainable, successful, fan-owned, democratic football club that creates real and lasting benefits to its members and local communities.

The FC United board has drawn up a business plan for Ten Acres Lane, which details how the new ground will operate for the benefit of both the club and the community of Newton Heath and East Manchester. The business plan shows how the site will generate enough revenue to enable the club to reinvest in itself, extend its community work and to set aside sufficient funds to cover the cost of possible interest payments and any withdrawals from the Community Share Scheme.

Further details of the scheme will be sent out and published on the club's website www.fc-utd.co.uk closer to the launch date.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 10:53 PM   #26
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I guess this is the app,
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Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester. M40 2SP

Erection of sports stadium (capacity circa 5000), club house, sports pitches and associated car parking and landscaping, following demolition of existing structures
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:40 AM   #27
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And we're off

http://fc-utd.co.uk/story.php?story_id=3108

http://fc-utd.co.uk/communityshares

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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:44 AM   #28
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http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/f...e-2085115.html

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Rebel club FC United launch stadium scheme

By Simon Stone, PA
Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Rebel club FC United are launching a pioneering £1.5million community share issue to help fund the cost of their new stadium.

The EvoStick League Premier Division outfit, launched five years ago following the Glazer family takeover at Old Trafford, have submitted an application to build their own 5,000-capacity ground close to the site at Newton Heath where the club which eventually became Manchester United started their existence.

FC United estimate gaining access to a sizeable sum through grants and also £500,000 in donations, £300,000 of which has already been received.

But they intend to raise the remainder through the community share scheme and claim to be the first football club to issue such shares, a means by which community enterprises can raise capital funds.

"The main aim of the shares is to provide investors with a social return by funding the football and community objectives of FC United, but the club's business plan also provides for potential financial returns for shareholders," said an FC United statement.

The club believe having their own stadium is the best way to maximise their potential as, while they continue to enjoy impressive attendances - just under 2,000 - for their present level of football, they also have to pay out a hefty rental fee to Bury.

Gigg Lane has been FC United's home since the club was formed and will host the FA Cup second qualifying round tie against Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.

FC United have also been forced to play some matches at Stalybridge this season but now hope "supporters, investors and companies can support the club's development by buying £1 shares from the minimum purchase of £200 up to £20,000."

Andy Walsh, FC United general manager, said: "FC United has achieved a great deal in the five years since its foundation, despite not having a permanent home.

"With our own ground and community facilities we can achieve much more, making the club sustainable and fulfilling our ambition to become a beacon showing a better way for football."
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 01:10 AM   #29
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http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereven...ew_stadium_bid

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Fans step up for FC United shares in new stadium bid

FC United could be in their new stadium in time for next season – with the help of their devoted fans.

The ambitious football club, born out of the anti-Glazer movement at Manchester United, have submitted plans for a 5,000-capacity ground.

Now they have launched a community share scheme aimed at raising £1.5m of the £3.5m needed to pay for the new complex in Newton Heath, where the original Reds were founded.

Today, the M.E.N. can reveal that £400,000 has already been pledged – and if the money keeps rolling in the club could kick off the 2011/12 season at the Ten Acre Lane site.

The plans are due to go before Manchester council in November. General manager Andy Walsh said: “The pledges to the share scheme so far are £400,000.

“We had a soft launch on our website six weeks ago and have had several people donating £20,000 each.

“The plan is to be there in time for August 2012 but if everything goes to plan we could bring that forward to August 2011.” The club currently play at Bury’s Gigg Lane ground. They are in the Northern Premier League – three promotions away from the Football League.

The shares scheme, which allows fans and businesses to invest between £200 and £20,000, will make football history, says Andy. He added: “We want as much involvement from the people of Newton Heath as we can get and so if they can’t make £200 we are looking at ways around it like paying in instalments.”

Aside from the community shares scheme the Rebels are applying for £1.5m in grants. The final £1/2m will come from fundraising – and £300,000 of that has already been found.

The M.E.N. also understands fans are to be consulted over the name of the new stadium if it goes ahead.

Andy said: “We are a one-member, one-vote club and we will go through the usual process.

“The fans were consulted on the name, the badge, everything. This will be no different.”
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 01:17 AM   #30
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Good result for FC on and off the pitch. Has any renders of inside the ground come about?
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 01:21 AM   #31
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:47 PM   #32
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How refreshing to have a development going ahead where there isn't going to be lots of protests and objections. I think it's great the way FC have thought about and involved the local community. In return the local community have understood the benefits this will bring them and are supportive of the project. It's a win, win situation for everyone.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 01:02 PM   #33
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http://fc-utd.co.uk/story.php?story_id=3096

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Public Meeting: TONIGHT 7pm

With the launch of the Community Share Scheme imminent and plans for Ten Acres Lane progressing rapidly, we have arranged a meeting for supporters at 7pm on Thursday 23rd September at the Methodist Hall, in Manchester city centre.

The purpose of the meeting will be two-fold. Firstly we will update supporters on the latest developments with the new ground, including the very latest architects’ drawings. We’ll explain the methodology used, that has got us to where we are in the process and we’ll discuss together the future vision for FC United and Ten Acres Lane.

Secondly, following a full press launch and release of the prospectus earlier in the week, we’ll present, discuss and answer questions on the Community Share Scheme. We hope that following the meeting everyone will be suitably enthused to go and evangelise the appeal of the scheme on the clubs behalf.

The significance of next week’s events on the road to Ten Acres should not be underestimated. We’ve had a few important meetings in our time and this is yet another, so we urge as many people to attend as possible.

The meeting is open to all supporters, not only members. So drag anyone you think might be interested in hearing our plans and who would like to know more about the Share Scheme directly from us. Parents, grandparents, work colleagues, the postman. If you know someone who recognises the importance of FC United to you, the importance of making football accessible to all, the importance of delivering a community asset to an area that needs it, then get them to the Methodist Hall at 7pm on Thursday 23rd.

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Old September 23rd, 2010, 02:34 PM   #34
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Is that the one on Oldham St?
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Thats the one
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Old September 27th, 2010, 11:34 AM   #36
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Loads more planning documents now online

http://www.publicaccess.manchester.g...243/FO/2010/N1
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Big Game on Sunday everyone

FC United face Barrow at home in FA Cup

FC United have been drawn at home to Conference National side Barrow AFC in the fourth and final qualifying round of the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON.

The game will take place at Gigg Lane on Sunday 24th October, kick off 3pm.


Supporters should be advised that the Manchester Road End and the Main Stand will be open to FC United supporters and the Cemetery Road End will be open to Barrow supporters.



Metrolink Service

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October there will be no trams running on the Bury line. This is due to work for the construction of the new tram stop at Abraham Moss.

A replacement bus will run from Bury to Piccadilly, calling at all stops to Victoria then non stop to Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly station. Passengers should buy their tickets from Metrolink ticket vending machines as normal, before boarding the bus.

Alternatively, supporters can get the 135 bus from Manchester city centre which stops just before Gigg Lane.


Tickets
£8 Adults
£5 Unwaged/Pensioners
£2 Under 18s
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http://fc-utd.co.uk/story.php?story_id=3170

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Development Fund passes 300k Milestone for TAL

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of the FC supporters and the army of Development Fund volunteers, the total that has been raised for the DF is now £307,000 (as at start of October 2010).

We have exceeded our £300k milestone (this is the total raised by the DF and doesn’t reflect withdrawals made for initial stadium costs).

There is still a long way to go as we know to get to Ten Acres Lane, but it’s a great achievement so far. So let’s see how quickly we can raise the rest of the money and reach our overall target of £500k. Please have a look at http://fc-utd.co.uk/devfund/ for ways you can contribute or if you have any ideas you want to share for raising funds for the DF and TAL.
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Wasnt sure where to plank this. An astonishing evening.

http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport...nre=25;sport=3
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Wasnt sure where to plank this. An astonishing evening.

http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport...nre=25;sport=3

Quite an evening!






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