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FC United celebrate as stadium plans passed


FC United is celebrating after learning that plans for a new 5,000 capacity stadium in Newton Heath have been passed.

FC United, formed by a break off of disheartened Manchester United fans in 2005, will now have a permanent home in the Newton Heath area of Manchester, also the birthplace of the Premiership team.

Commenting on the news FC United club secretary Lindsey Robertson said: "It's just a fantastic achievement, we are in our sixth season and we have come so far already.”

Football Trade Directory reported last week how the club has raised £700,000 from a community shares scheme launched just six weeks ago. It needs £3.5m to build the stadium

Speaking of the community initiative, Andy Walsh, general manager said: "At a time when many clubs are in debt or in the hands of major investors, we aim to demonstrate that there is a real alternative.

"We want to change the way football is run and financed by putting supporters at the heart of the game."

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