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As Chekov alluded to in a comment earlier, Crusaders FC and junior side Newington FC are planning to work together on a new stadium. Despite a meeting this morning to launch the proposals, which will include a 4,000 capacity (that's more than Deez! ) stadium to be shared between the 2 clubs and a "Sports Educational Village", whatever the hell that is.
The Crues' web site is pretty lacklustre both aesthetically and in terms of usability so there isn't much info on the plans (it seems old news just disappears instead of being retained in any kind of archive), however they have uploaded a video on YouTube. The BBC suggests they've yet to decide between the Grove and the Valley, though I was under the impression the Grove was the preferred option as of a couple of months back.
And I've no idea what that all means for the plans to upgrade Seaview.
COMMUNITY STADIUM AND SPORTS EDUCATIONAL VILLAGE
On Thursday 28th August at 10.30am in the Lansdowne Hotel Antrim Road Belfast, Crusaders Football Club and Newington Football Club launch the proposed shared Community Stadium and Sports Educational Village.
A wide spectrum from all sections of the Community have been invited along and among this who will be speaking at the Launch will be:
Jackie Fullerton who will be acting as MC
From the footballing side;
Crusaders FC Manager Stephen Baxter
Newington FC Manager Eamon McCarthy
From Community Relations angle;
Duncan Morrow Community Relations Council
From the Education side
Andy McMorran Principal Ashfield Boys School
Peter Curistan Sheridan Group
Words of Support for the Project from;
Eamon McCartan Sport NI
Howard Wells CEO Irish Football Association
Captain of Crusaders 1973 League winning side Walter McFarland
Liam Beckett former player and former Manager of Cliftonville FC and Institute FC
We will also have the political view on the proposals from;
Nigel Dodds MP,MLA
Fred Cobain MLA
Gerry Kelly MLA
Alban Maginnis MLA
Also the signing of the joint working principles, head of agreement on joint working between the Clubs and the ground sharing agreement for 2008/09
Other Guest speakers will be Fintan Drury and Jim Roddy Platinum One "Putting football on a professional basis"
Closing the proceedings will be a Q&A session several spoke persons from Crusaders FC and Newington FC will be available for interview after the event.
Maybe Pootsie and the rest of the Maze blowhards could learn something here?
Apologies for reproducing the whole section from the Crues home page but:
- I had no way of linking to that story on its own
- I had no idea how long it would stay up for