Welcome to Broadhurst Park: FC United’s dream one step closer to reality as fan-owned club name new 5,000 stadium

FC United’s new 5,000 capacity football stadium will be named Broadhurst Park.

Members of the fan-owned club voted from a shortlist of seven names for the ground  at the club’s Annual General Meeting last night.

It was chosen by 3,000 members, some of whom had submitted their vote ahead of the meeting.

Initially there had been over 100 suggestions though these were shortlisted to seven names including FCUM Hall, The Boardwalk and United of Manchester Stadium.

The ground is currently under construction in Moston and will be used by Moston Juniors.

FC United board member Des Lynch said: “This is a key decision and it’s really pleasing to see that things are coming to fruition and all of the progress that is being made.

“It will be a fantastic feeling to have our own ground and it has been made possible by the fantastic efforts of people who have helped raise all of the money.”

A statement on the club’s website said: “At FC United, supporters are at the centre of everything that we do as a club.

“Our supporters have been instrumental in getting us to a point where we are building our own ground; they have helped to finance it and now they have given our new home a name.

“Supporters have had a real say all the way through and it shows how engaged our membership is in democratically shaping the direction of the club they own.”

Construction of the ground, which is estimated to cost over £5.5 million, is due to be completed in September – by which time the Red Rebels will be hoping to be playing in the Skrill Conference North.

“The Giving the ground a name is another staging post along the road to us finally opening the facility later this year,” the club statement read.

“We still have much to do and funds to raise to make our dream a reality, but being able to finally talk about Broadhurst Park makes that reality a step closer.”

Karl Marginson’s side trail league leaders Chorley by three points, with a game in hand, as they prepare to host Buxton tomorrow as their promotion pursuit enters its defining stage.

The club will be looking to avoid the play-off route, having suffered three consecutive play-off final heartbreaks since the 2010-11 season.

Image courtesy of FC United.

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