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Ammies Apply For Promotion To Hallmark Security League

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Wythenshawe Amateurs have announced that they have submitted an application to the Football Association for promotion to the Hallmark Security League for next season.

The Ammies have been around for a long time, being formed back in 1946, and spent the majority of their time in the Manchester League but have been fairly nomadic until 1983 when they moved in with Wythenshaw Cricket Club.

However, in July 2013 the club`s fortunes changed when club official John Cotton noticed an article for the Budweiser Club Futures Programme, a £50,000 regional grant he felt the club could win.

Vice-chairman Carl Barratt took up the mantle and fortune struck on Halloween that year, which changed the future of the club forever, when Barratt received the news that he was successful in winning the grant.

This also enabled the club to compete against seven other clubs nationwide for an additional £100,000 in a public Facebook vote during February 2014.

They obtained the most votes and secured the additional funds, both cheques were presented at the proposed new home, Hollyhedge Park, in November 2013 and March 2014 by former Everton player Peter Reid and former Manchester United player Mark Hughes respectively.

In October 2014, Barratt won the unsung hero in sport award at the prestigious Manchester Sports Awards for his work with the club and in turn the community.

The football and cricket clubs` workable relationship in its latter years became strained, and subsequently the Ammies were rendered homeless when evicted by the cricket club in May 2015 after thirty-two years use.

The Hollyhedge Park project was now, more than ever, an increasingly important chapter in the club`s future.

Whilst the project was coming to fruition games were played at Flixton FC and St. Paul’s High School, with hospitality at the Winston Conservative Club and Northenden Social Club.

The penning of this crucial chapter recommenced in July 2016 when the club secured funding of £812,000, which included £382,317 from the Premier League and the FA delivered by the Football Foundation, the £150,000 from Budweiser, £146,000 National Lottery, grants from Sport England, Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Manchester City Council, National Sports Centre Trust and Tesco.

This allowed enabling work to start, but work began in earnest in February 2017 for a clubhouse, new pitch, drainage, car park and fencing when a new long-term lease was finally agreed.

In March 2017 the club became a Community Benefit Society and the stadium was completed in September 2017 – the first match being played on 30th, drawing 1-1 with Hindsford in the Manchester League – the 32-year-old record attendance was broken with 277 in the ground.

The hard work now begins for the Ammies over the next few months to comply with Ground Grading H by 31st March 2018.


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