Toon visit to open new footie stand

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A new stand is to be officially opened thanks to the help of Newcastle United.

Ashington Football Club will be launching their new facilities next month.

Club chairman Ian Lavery – who is also MP for Wansbeck – has described the stand as being the best in the Northern League whilst also being a landmark for the club.

The cutting of the ribbon ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 12, when a Newcastle United XI will take on Ashington (7pm kick off).

Mr Lavery said: “It’s going to be very exciting. This is a project which has taken a number of years to come to fruition because when the football was relocated from the centre of the town to Woodhorn Lane, the facility was supposed to be like-for-like - but people quickly realised this was not the case.

“Although the current building has served us okay for the last few years it has not been fit for purpose and that’s the reason why we have been able to construct what I think is the best stand in the Northern League bar none.

“It is a facility which will be used not just for football and not just for people from Ashington but for different things, and we welcome anybody from across Northumberland who wish to use it.

“This is a landmark for Ashington FC and is really exciting. It’s a great stand.”

Colliers boss Steve Harmison added: “Peter Beardsley and Newcastle United have agreed to send a team to open the stand.

“We welcome anyone to come along to see how much Ashington are trying to move forward. I think it is going to be a marvellous occasion for Ashington FC.”