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FC United extend scheme

THE CLUB'S general manager, Andy Walsh is pleased with progress as the club aims to reach its £1.5 million fund raising target.

"We still have some way to go but to have raised over one million pounds in shares is a phenomenal achievement," said Walsh.

"We have to turn pledges into cash but we can now say that we are in the home straight on the community share offer.

"This last month has been truly momentous: we have more members than at any time since we started in 2005 with membership now standing at well over 3,000; we have reached the second round of the FA Cup; played in front of our biggest ever home crowd and obtained planning permission for Ten Acres Lane.

"It shows support is growing for our campaign to see football clubs owned and run by supporters and is a tremendous tribute to the efforts of everybody at FC United."

In addition to the Community Shares, the funding package for the Ten Acres Lane development includes a range of grants as well as the club Development Fund. FC Board member Adam Brown is coordinating this part of the project.

The Community Shares scheme – which aims to raise £1.5 million towards the club’s own ground in Newton Heath – already stands at £1,000,249 with a further £201,000 pledged.

He concluded by saying: "We are now working hard pulling together our grant applications, it is an extremely competitive process but we have some great support from partners and hope that the funding bodies will recognise our submissions as strong bids that will bring real economic benefit to the local area."

For more details click here: http://­www.­fc-utd.­co.­uk/­commu­nit­ys­hares

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