Following the announcement last week that Ossett Town AFC and Ossett Albion FC are to merge, subject to FA and league approval, the two clubs have issued a joint statement answering several questions – not least what the new club will be called.
In recognition that the merger is truly a joining of equals the new club will be called Ossett United.
One of the new club`s directors James Rogers told Pitchero: “We realise that many guessed that this would be the name and it is heartening that many people suggested this as a fitting name for the new club.
“Ossett United will be overseen by a board of six Directors consisting of three appointed by Ossett Albion and three appointed by Ossett Town. The Directors will be John Chidlaw, myself, Lee Broadbent, Lee Summerscales, Dawn Rogers and Emma Chidlaw. The new Board have agreed that John Chidlaw will be chair of the Board.
“We all come together with a clear vision for the future – to provide the highest level of football possible for Ossett,
“We can also confirm that Ingfield, the current home of Ossett Town will become the main home base for Ossett United with the first-team playing their home games on what will become a supreme grass playing surface. We will invest in the facilities at Ingfield to make them fit for a team ambitious for promotion to higher levels and create better facilities for our existing and new fan base as well as for the people of Ossett and the surrounding areas.
“We will utilise Dimple Wells, the current home of Ossett Albion, as our key training, coaching and playing facility supporting our reserves/under-21s, under-19s and NPL academy teams, as well as for junior and ladies use. Our plan is to ultimately replace the grass pitch at Dimple Wells with a 3G playing surface to support our ambitions.
“We are currently developing our new brand and crest and news on these will follow in the coming weeks. Our base branding colour will be blue so again watch this space for an announcement on our new kit.
“We’re keen to ensure that fans and supporters of Ossett United feel part of the journey and our new chief executive Phil Smith is working hard to develop a supporters` club that ensures this will happen as well as looking to bring many other benefits.
“As a community run club we will also be working with all of our current volunteers, who are in reality the lifeblood of our clubs, to ensure that they can continue to be involved and play a significant role as we move forward.”
John Chidlaw, chairman of Ossett Albion and the new chair of United, said: “The response from fans, supporters and interested parties has been fantastic over the course of the last few days and we are making significant progress very quickly. I am proud and excited to be involved in this development and I can’t wait for Ossett United to become a reality”.