Match Report by united fan Paul James
Officers from GMP met with representatives of Manchester City and
Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium earlier today to discuss matchday arrangements.
At the meeting was Dale Haslam, redsaway.com editor and Manchester United Supporters’ Trust committee member with responsibility for away match ticket issues and related matters.
Here is what fans can expect on matchday.
What a great week to be a Manchester United fan - and a proud one as a MUST member.
The listing of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value after a long campaign by MUST is an historic moment for the club and for MUST too.
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Old Trafford - An Asset of Community Value - background stories
Impassioned plea to list Old Trafford from family of James W Gibson - the man who saved United http://bit.ly/17oz8Kt
Approved - MUST’s nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value http://bit.ly/1ebThHx
Generous praise for MUST from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government http://bit.ly/1aYn1YJ
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Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:
"I am delighted by the decision of Trafford Borough Council to list the home of Manchester United Football Club, as an Asset of Community Value. The Community Right to Bid brought in by this Government, gives communities the opportunity to retain land and buildings for use and ownership by local people who value them most."
"Many of our great cities - including Manchester - are recognised around the world because of the sporting institutions which represent them."
"The new community rights we have introduced have insured that even a global iconic institution like Manchester United will remain rooted in the community in which it was founded thanks to the actions of the Manchester United Supporters Trust. I look forward to other communities following this wonderful example."
Trafford Council has approved the listing of Old Trafford (MUFC football ground) as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act.
This follows its nomination by MUST - the Manchester United Supporters Trust www.joinmust.org
Old Trafford having the status of an asset of community value means fans could be the first to know if there were to be a proposal to sell it, and even have an option to buy it.
The registration scheme was made possible by the Localism Act (2011) with the Asset of Community Value legislation coming into force last September.
Council representatives made the decision on Wednesday afternoon after a consultation period.
During the consultation period, lawyers acting for Manchester United formally objected and the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust sought legal advice in response.
MUST’s legal team tabled a document rebutting United’s arguments and clearly impressed the council panel with their arguments.
A MUST spokesperson said: "We welcome this news – and believe both Manchester United and other football fans should too."
"While we appreciate the owners have no current plans to move or sell Old Trafford, this is a decision that helps to protect fans' interests in the long term, as no one knows what the future holds."
"We are extremely grateful to our legal and other advisors, supportive councillors and MPs, Supporters Direct and our hard-working representatives and members who have backed this bid from the start."
"We hope this gives confidence to supporters of other clubs that they can pursue this route and we are grateful to Oxford United's Supporters Trust (OxVox), who set a precedent with the approval of their own stadium."
"We still aim to build a more positive relationship with Manchester United and do not envisage a difference of opinion on this issue will hamper that."
"We are looking forward to a successful season both on and off the pitch."
Notes to editors
Impassioned plea to list Old Trafford from family of the man who saved United http://bit.ly/17hICXZ
- Manchester United now has eight weeks to formally appeal against the decision. We understand they have already indicated they wish the Council to review the decision.
- If the club does appeal, Trafford Council would spend at least eight weeks considering it.
- If such an appeal were to be unsuccessful, United could make a further appeal to the general regulatory chamber of the First Tier Tribunal based in Leicester.
Asset of Community Value
Part 5 Chapter 3 of the Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012, which were approved by resolution of both Houses and came into force in England on 21 September 2012. Since the scheme came into force over 360 Assessment of Community Value have been listed.
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On the eve of the meeting to consider MUST's nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act Trafford Council have recieved an impassioned plea from the family of former MUFC Chairman and double saviour James W Gibson.
James W Gibson used his own money to save the club from financial ruin twice and also rebuilt the ground after it was destroyed by war time bombs.
His great nephew, Alan Embling, has written to Trafford Council supporting MUST's nomination and his letter is reproduced below: