Sheffield FC want to copy FC United - and go home

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Sheffield FC manager Ian Whitehorne has made a fresh call on the city council to consider helping fund a move by the oldest club in the world back into the city.

The team boss is envious of FC United of Manchester, who this week started work on a new 5,000-seater ground, in partnership with their city council.

Sheffield FC manager Ian Whitehorne

Sheffield FC manager Ian Whitehorne

FC supporters have shelled out £2.5m for the new stadium, including £1.8m through a ‘community share’ scheme. Another £3m is pledged from Sport England, the Football Foundation, the Council and Manchester College.

Sheffield FC plays out of Sheffield - in Dronfield. And Whitehorne admits: “There has got to be a bit of envy, they (FC) have managed to pull it off. It will be nice to see them with their own ground. They’ve hopped around for the last couple of years. We have been in Dronfield for the past 10 years or so, we have to a nice base, but we’d like to be back in Sheffield, especially Olive Grove, it’s the spiritual home of football. But that’s one of those things that finances dictate, where we end up. My message to Sheffield Council is get your hand in your pocket, you need Sheffield FC back in the city!”

FC United of Manchester , in action at Worksop

FC United of Manchester , in action at Worksop