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Change of Venue for League Challenge Cup home match

The Unibond League Challenge Cup home match against Alsager Town on Wednesday 5 September will now be played at Radcliffe Borough’s Inn2gether Stadium, Stainton Park, Pilkington Road, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 3PE.

In deciding to switch the match to a smaller venue, the board and management of FC United had to make some decisions based on the likely costs incurred for such a fixture, and weigh these up against the likely revenue from gate receipts on the night. It was decided that the costs of hiring as large a stadium as Gigg Lane could not be justified as to do so might run the serious risk of the club actually making a loss on the game.

As many supporters are aware, the gate revenue for cup matches is split evenly between the competing clubs. What some may not be aware of is that, in addition, we cannot claim the ground hire fee as part of matchday expenses.

It is with this in mind that the decision was taken to move the game to a smaller venue. Other venues throughout the Greater Manchester area were considered, and Radcliffe was considered the best option available. Normal gate prices will apply for our fixture at Radcliffe (£7.50 adults, £5 concessions, £2 under-18s).

The board and management are committed to ensuring that FC United operates within our financial means and hopes that this pragmatic decision will not unduly inconvenience supporters. Please note that FC United have a contract to rent Gigg Lane for all home league matches, and therefore this is not an action that we anticipate taking for any Northern Premier League games for the forthcoming season.


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First Posted ~ 11:59 Wed 5 Sep 2007
News ID ~ 1131
Last Updated ~ 17:14 Fri 11 Oct 2013