FC United of Manchester, the Red Rebel club set up in the wake of the 2005 Glazer takeover at Manchester United, has won council approval for a new stadium at Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath. The 5,000-seat ground will cost around £3.5 million, with supporters currently raising money through an innovative Community Share scheme.
Manchester council approved the club’s business plan this week and will now start a period of consultation with the local community, with a planning meeting set for 25 November.
Supporters hope to raise around one third of the capital through the share scheme, while grants and other funding with provide additional money. The stadium, situated in Newton Heath the birthplace of Manchester United, will provide much needed revenue for the Rebels, which currently pays Bury FC around £5,000 a game to rent Gigg Lane for home fixtures.
“The significance of this location is historical while it also showcases a new model of facility development, based on football supporter ownership and community involvement,” general manager Andy Walsh told the Press Association.
The new stadium will also contain facilities for year-round community use in one of the most deprived areas of Manchester.