Football comes home to Chadderton
Wed 27th September 2017 | Chadderton | By Ian Templeman
Chadderton are now once again playing home games at the ARK Fleetech Stadium, after an enforced absence due to ground improvements.
A new pitch has been laid and new floodlights are now installed, and with the work completed they were finally able host their first league game of the season at the ground on Tuesday evening when New Mills were the visitors.
The sides shared the points in a keenly contested 1-1 draw, and Chadderton Chairman Bob Sopel said that everyone at the club was delighted with the improvements and to be back playing home games once more.
“Despite Latics (Oldham Athletic) being on and a lot of other European football being on telly, we got a decent crowd which meant the tills were ringing”, he said.
“We've got another game on Saturday against Holker Old Boys, so that will help us too.
“The lights worked fine when we switched them on, and we did notice the difference, as they are more powerful than the ones we had before.
“It was disappointing we didn't get the three points, as it would have been nice to christened the new lights with a win.
“The pitch is still not quite right, although when it was being laid it needed some rain which we got, and that helped to speed the process up a bit.
“It's a lot better than it was though, and it will develop and get better. We've got the machinery to look after it and we have guys at the club with the will power, and they will be on there all the time, it's their baby from now on”.
With the pitch and floodlights sorted, Bob and his fellow committee members will now begin planning the next development project at the ground.
“We will take a breather now, and then start looking at the next scheme. We have got a massive list, and top priority is the area at the far end of the ground.
“If we can get a 3G pitch on there with lights, that's our training pitch and we've got 25 teams at the club, with our junior set up as well, so we need to be in control of our own training times.
“That is our top priority now, to get something sorted up there”.