Hyde gets spruced up for big day
- Tue 13 Jul 2010, 1:07PM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Ewen Fields' summer transformation is almost complete as City's new partners Hyde prepare to welcome the Elite Under-21s for a special friendly on Saturday.
The match will cement the bond on the unique new relationship between the two clubs as non-league Hyde celebrate a proud 125-year history in the game.
Work has been going on during the past weeks to improve the ground where City's reserves and Under-21s will play their home games under the agreement revealed in June.
New dug-outs have been commissioned as one of the final touches to the work as City begin a three-year groundsharing and sponsorship deal with our close neighbours.
Project Manager Phoebe Marshall said: "It's a really nice ground, it was just looking tired. Now it looks really smart in blue and light grey.
"We wanted to give it a facelift. It was important that the club kept their own identity. We didn't want to go in there and maybe change too much.
"It has changed, but generally people are positive about it. It's looking really good."
The club, in the record books as 26-0 FA Cup victims of Preston in 1887, have redesigned their badge to reflect the decision to revert to their original name of Hyde FC.
Ewen Fields, which once had a plastic pitch, will now have one of the best grass pitches in non-league after work by City grounds manager Roy Rigby and head groundsman Lee Jackson. A new irrigation system has been installed.
Phoebe added: "There's been a massive paint job inside and out, the home changing-rooms have been done out to a high standard and the club lounge has had a makeover."