Boris Johnson praises plans to bring back historic Gigg Lane
The Prime Minister has praised the latest plans to save Bury FC’s historic football stadium.
Fans have been given the chance to save their ground with a £1 million government grant a year after the club was placed into administration.
The funding has been awarded to Bury Football Club Supporters Society and will transform the 12,500 seat stadium into a community asset, providing facilities for local football teams, schools and members of the public.
The funds were provided by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
In reaction to the news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Football clubs are the heart of our communities, so I pay tribute to @buryfcofficial fans and @JamesDalyMP who have shown great resolve to bring their beloved club back to life.
“By helping to rescue Gigg Lane stadium, they are putting the club’s future back in the hands of fans.”
Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove said: “The collapse of Bury FC is a stain on English football and the result of the game being ripped out of the hands of the supporters and communities who made it what it is by big business and corporate interest.
“I pay enormous tribute to Bury’s supporters, who have shown incredible resolve in their fight to bring their beloved club back to life.
“By helping rescue the historic Gigg Lane stadium, we are helping to put power back into their hands and securing a cherished asset for the wider community.
“As we deliver on our central mission to level up the United Kingdom, we are backing community-led projects that bring people together, restore local pride and benefit towns and cities across the country.”
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Math Pickup, from Forever Bury and Est 1885 said: “We welcome the news from the Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove, that our combined efforts with Forever Bury to receive the community ownership funding has been successful.
“This funding will allow us the opportunity to complete the purchase of Gigg Lane in order to bring football back to its historic home after a nearly 3 year hiatus.
“There are still a few steps left in the process and we hope to provide a further update in the coming days when the legalities have been completed but we thank all the fans for their continued support.
“We would also like to thank James Daly MP, Bury Council, Bury College and the football foundation for their support with our application.”
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries said: “Football clubs are at the heart of our local communities and the fans are at the centre of our national game.
“This is levelling up in action and I very much welcome the Community Ownership Fund’s £1 million that will go towards ensuring that Gigg Lane continues to play an integral role in the community.
“The fan-led review of football governance looked at ways to stop situations like Bury FC happening again, which is why we’ve endorsed the principle of an independent regulator to take action in this space.”