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Save football campaign takes to the town

Petition to save Faraday Road Stadium gathers pace

Malcolm Howe

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Save football campaign takes to the town

NEWBURY FC supporters hit the streets last weekend in their campaign to raise awareness of West Berkshire Council’s decision to bulldoze Newbury Football Club’s Faraday Road stadium and leave the club - and Newbury football - without a home.

Stands in the town centre and at Newbury Retail Park saw more than 1,000 signatures added to the petition to force a rethink, taking the total close to 5,000.

One of the organizers, former Newbury player Dave Wilkinson, said: “At times people were lining up to sign and others wanted information on how they could help.

“A lot of people were amazed the council were even thinking of pulling down part of Newbury's history, having been part of the town for over a hundred years, evicting the club and making them homeless.

“Also we listened to peoples’ own memories of the club from ex-players games, weddings, birthdays, wakes and social events.”

The club is holding a fund-raising day at the ground on Saturday, May 28 when more than 40 primary school teams will take part in a six--a-side tournament with other games including ‘human’ table football, a bouncy castle and stalls, followed in the evening by an auction and disco with all proceeds going club funds to try and secure a footballing future at Faraday Road.

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