City partners Hyde in warm welcome
- Wed 14 Jul 2010, 2:16PM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
City's new partners Hyde FC are delighted with the unique agreement that will see a transformed Ewen Fields stage the Blues' reserve games this season.
Under the deal - to be marked by Saturday's game between City's Elite Under-21 squad and the Blue Square Bet North outfit - the non-league ground has enjoyed a timely facelift.
Tony Beard, Hyde secretary and a supporter since 1963, hails the partnership with the Blues as "a godsend" to the proud old club celebrating 125 years of football.
He said: "We are benefiting not just from being linked to a club of such high standing but also from our infrastructure being renovated or improved, and that's a big plus.
"The ground needed painting, for instance, and we would never have got around to it because we couldn't have afforded it. It was five shades of red and badly needed doing.
"It's been a great opportunity for the club to raise our standards. Things like improvements to floodlights can only enhance the players' experience and the fans' experience.
City have made improvements to the ground that were all on the wish list but we just couldn't do them
"It's a godsend from our perspective, and it means that we can be proud of having what we believe is now one of the best non-league grounds in Britain."
He is already savouring a packed crowd for City's first competitive game at the revamped stadium - a derby clash in the Manchester Senior Cup on August 24.
Beard hopes for a good crowd to kick-off the new relationship between the clubs on Saturday. "City have promised a strong young team," he said. Admission will be £5, concessions £3.