Blues and Hyde seal unique deal in style
- 12 July 2010 16:14
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
City's unique partnership with Hyde FC will be launched with a special curtain-raiser against the Elite Under-21s at a refurbished Ewen Fields Stadium on Saturday.
The game will cement the bond formed between the two clubs, with City beginning a three-year groundsharing and sponsorship deal with our non-league neighbours.
The Blues are to play reserve, Under-21 and selected Academy matches at the Stadium, which has benefited from summer improvements to the ground and to the pitch.
City in the Community are also continuing as shirt sponsors for the 2010-11 campaign in the Blue Square Bet North by Hyde FC, who are celebrating their 125th anniversary.
Chief Executive Garry Cook said: “We are very much looking forward to taking our games to Hyde for the new season. This is a win-win situation for both clubs.
"Hyde are a fantastic local club with which we have long enjoyed a strong relationship."
Delighted Hyde Chairman Steve Hartley said: "We’re looking forward to offering a warm welcome to the players, staff and supporters for the games they will play here at Ewen Fields.
"We have always had a close relationship with City, and Garry Cook and Life President Bernard Halford have both given us tremendous support during the past few seasons."
City Chief Infrastructure Officer Jon Stemp said: "The clubs might not play at the same level, but they have a passion for the game in common, and that's important. They are good football people at Hyde."
City's Phoebe Marshall, the Project Manager, said: "It's been a short turn-around time and people have worked very hard. The ground was looking a bit tired, now it's looking good."