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Glazers give up fight on Old Trafford Asset of Community Value

Trafford Councl has received written notice from the solicitors acting for MUFC in relation to this matter that they have withdrawn their request for a review of the decision to list the stadium.

The Council will not now be required to review the decision and the listing will stand.

MUST chief executive Duncan Drasdo greeted the news with satisfaction saying:
“We’re delighted that the owners have taken the decision to back down over their opposition to the listing of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value. We were always very confident of our case having taken pro bono advice from the top law firms in the UK.

“We’ve previously successfully challenged on several other issues including an appeal to thr Office of Fair Trading over the Season Ticket terms and conditions (then amended) and also some aspects of the Automatic Cup Scheme. This shows that supporters, when they are well advised and well organised by their supporters’ trust, can win even against owners with far greater resources and with the Club machine at their disposal.”

“We hope this will offer further encouragement to the supporters’ trusts at other clubs and indeed provide extra impetus to Government to push forward boldy with meaningful reform of football to encourage greater participation by supporters in ownership of their clubs.”

At the time of the original decision Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:
“I am delighted by the decision of Trafford Borough Council to list the home of Manchester United Football Club, as an Asset of Community Value. The Community Right to Bid brought in by this Government, gives communities the opportunity to retain land and buildings for use and ownership by local people who value them most.”

“Many of our great cities – including Manchester – are recognised around the world because of the sporting institutions which represent them.”

“The new community rights we have introduced have insured that even a global iconic institution like Manchester United will remain rooted in the community in which it was founded thanks to the actions of the Manchester United Supporters Trust. I look forward to other communities following this wonderful example.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Squeaky says:

    I know what you mean about the title being wrapped up, im just making the point since people are acting like 1 point from 9 is unprecedented. Fergie has always had his fair share of shockers.

    We were equally shocking in Ferguson’s last 3 big matches inc the derby, that could’ve ended 4-1 if City were up for it like Sunday. We move on and improve, simple as.

    For what its worth, I think the 4-5-1 we started v LFC (with Rooney instead of RVP) would’ve been better against City. But I can’t blame Moyes for giving the Rooney-Welbeck partnership a go in a big game..

    We all want game time for Hernandez, Nani, Kagawa, Zaha, Januzaj etc but right now its being given to Danny, Valencia, Young, etc. We have to trust Moyes will give everybody game time.

    Tomorrow would be a good time to start. I think the side that finished v Liverpool is the one we need to see tomorrow, with Rooney in for RVP, Nani in for Young, Hernandez starting up top, Welbeck wide on the left.

    Won’t hold my breath…

  2. AntiScouser says:

    “…Bottom line it’s one loss and 3pts,Utd had a off day so fucking what.”

    Nothing like a little @wayne to cheer you up.

  3. wayne says:

    You’re as bad as all the other trolls whole fucking group of you show up when things are a little off to stir the shit,saddest most pathetic twats on the planet

  4. AntiScouser says:


    Yep, can’t argue with you there, detective.

  5. AntiScouser says:


    Instead of paying tribute to Wayne Bridge and Lil Wayne with that nickname, you should change it to Sipowicz, as you always beat us into submission with superior arguments. Seriously.

  6. wayne says:

    don’t get the Hill St Blues reference if that’s what it is,not a question of beating anyone into submission.The difference of opinion argument doesn’t work when the same posters only show up to put the knife in and slag the club off.That’s nothing to do with being a supporter and it should be obvious to anyone who comes on here.Every team has off days through the course of the season but with Utd all the troll’s come out of the woodwork just gets boring
    Utd are going through a transition so true supporters should be behind the club and manager not wait for a excuse to put the boot in,just not being a fan simple as

  7. Wee Toms Ligaments says:

    @Wayne – we know that Antiscouser and Truth and CC and Diego are wum trolls. You keep hammering away at them. Keep up the good fight.

  8. Proverb says:

    @Ash please don’t give a rats ass about The truth, he’s a cunt, wum, troll, impostor of the highest orders……

  9. Proverb says:

    Auntscouser the shittest troll to ever troll this blog

  10. Proverb says:

    Man city will go down from here
    They have won the battle although the war has jut commenced

    Fuck that nut cc the pretentious idiot

  11. Proverb says:

    Moyes is one intelligent human being
    I’m just glad most level headed fans have realized that…..
    He always search around big teams to try and improves his team through modern day tactical football approach
    He has earned his trust, he has given all big guys their chances and failed him miserably at times, he now knows for sure how X & Y should be used, its high times he got the lads up and running

  12. Gingerprince18 says:

    @SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 AT 15:01 Andromeda

    Top Post mate. Spoken like a true classy Top Red.

  13. Joint Junior says:

    Haha how true could it be. I hope the Spaniards are not doing it out of hatred though. Imagine his face the first time United announced Moyes. Can’t wait for the real book though.
    Lmfao you can’t stop laughing. I love the show.

  14. The Truth says:


    City will go down from here? What an idiot you are. What kind of dumb fuck could watch that game on Sunday and come to the conclusion that City are the ones on the downward trajectory? We were lucky they let us off with just a four goal hammering. When the third went in I was thinking six or seven were in the offing. I’m just thankful they had mercy on us this time.

  15. King Eric says:

    The Truth is a bottling fucking coward. Asked him countless times to meet me at the rentboys game but kept swerving it. Do one you cunt. Funny isn’t it only turn up after Sunday. Prick.

  16. orez says:

    The amount of blind shitheads on this blog is crazy. There was a time when a guy with name Grognard or smth like this was posting here. I didn’t like him, I don’t remember why though (either he was too positive or negative), but man I missed that guy. Compare to the current bunch he was a genius.

  17. Wakey says:

    The problem with this is it potentially lowers the value of OT in the event we needed to move ground. As much as I’m sure everyone would like United to always be at OT sometimes its simply not viable and a club has to move. The locations of OT does cause serious problems for expansion and improvement to the ground! the club have wanted to have the whole stadium 3 tiered for ages now but but due to the railway line and the houses behind it estimates suggest it would costs over £150mill to complete the project.

    That’s just under half of what Arsenal spent on their whole stadium just to add a single tier on one stand. And much of the Ashburton Grove has been paid for from the sale of Highbury. So if we were to need to move to expand the stadium to remain competitive and this community asset status impacted the sale price it could be an issue. It might be enough to undo the financial benefits to moving leaving us stuck in a 78k stadium while City, Arsenel, Chelsea (if they get their move), West Ham and others close the gap and maybe even exceed OT’s size


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