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New stand opens

Bumper crowd for north stand opening

A bumper crowd was at the Gallagher Stadium last night for the opening of the new north stand.

The £850,000 project, which was funded by the club’s owners, a grant from the Football Foundation and donations by Stones fans, has boosted the overall capacity to more than 4,000.

Oliver Ash and Terry Casey were joined by Jay Saunders’ son Fran to perform the official opening in front of a crowd of 2,929 people.

Speaking after the game, Terry said: “There was a real party atmosphere, it was a great night and we’ve really come of age with this new stand.

“The progress on the stand has been remarkable in the past eight to ten weeks – it’s a really imposing piece of kit. The architect, the project manager, Reid Steel and Conway have worked very well and it’s been an almost stress-free project.

“It was a lovely touch to have Fran Saunders officially opening the stand. It just enhances the whole family thing about the football club. Even though we’re getting bigger and the crowds are edging up all the time, it still essentially a family club.”

More than £26,000 has been donated by the fans through the Stand up for the Stones fundraiser. If you would like to add to that total, you have a week or so to get involved.

Terry was keen to thank those who’ve contributed: “The supporters never fail to amaze me, we are blessed with best supporters. They’re generous, their contribution to the stand has been absolutely invaluable. We’ve also has wonderful support from the Football Foundation in helping with this build.”

There are also opportunities for companies to advertise on the stand or take the naming rights for a three year period. Contact Simon Daniel on 01622 753817 for more details.

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