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earl88

Ashfield stadium

Passed by the old ground last week and noticed a lot of work going on , found out later the owners of allied vehicles have invested in the speedway and have Plans to give the the place a new look.


I've had a wee look about to see if I could see the plans but nothing seems to be available. Used to go there every Friday for the dogs and a pint in the club , so it's good to see it getting a new lease of life again !


Anyone have anything on it ?
norrie

Hi Earl88, this is the official press release to all Tigers fans
I am looking forward to seeing big improvements in the stadium and team


With the legalities now concluded we are now able to announce that Glasgow Speedway is under new ownership.

As the result of a major deal it is not only the Tigers however who stand to benefit.

Glasgow Speedway has been bought by Michael and Gerry Facenna, owners of city firm, and club sponsors Allied Vehicles Ltd, for an undisclosed fee.

As part of the deal, the Facennas have also cleared the Tigers’ debts and bought Ashfield stadium – home of Ashfield Athletic FC. The deal will see the junior football side play rent-free at the stadium, with Allied Vehicles also investing as their main sponsor as well as having initiated a sweeping revamp of the shared stadium.

The Facenna brothers – who grew up just half-a-mile from Ashfield – have embarked on a far-reaching redevelopment of the Hawthorn Street stadium. The first phase, scheduled for completion next spring, includes new stand roofs, improved terraces, a new entrance building and club shop, new toilets and improved disabled access facilities. Work is also taking place on what will eventually become a hospitality suite.

Isle of Man-based Gordon Pairman, previous owner of the speedway club, had announced his intention to pass on the reigns of the Tigers in November.

The potential loss of substantial rental income from the speedway team would have had a severe knock-on effect for the football club. But the move announced today secures the future of these two long-established Glasgow clubs – Ashfield FC was born in 1886 and the Tigers have been racing in the city since 1946.

Gerry Facenna said: “It would have been a tragedy for Glasgow to lose two such historic sporting institutions.

“My brother Michael and I decided we wanted to give something back to the community and saw an opportunity to help both the Tigers speedway and Ashfield football club. However, we believed we couldn’t make a success of this without significantly improving facilities for fans.

“This needs a substantial investment which we are prepared to support, but only if we have security of ownership of the stadium. Now we have that in place, both the football and speedway clubs can look forward to competing in a much-improved environment, as well as returning to a secure financial footing.”

Gerry added that the new regime is committed to building a winning speedway team and to working with the football club and local agencies to create modern sports facilities and youth development opportunities at Ashfield Stadium.

Ashfield FC secretary Tommy Robertson said: “It’s great to know we have a secure future for our club and that there’s going to be serious investment in improving facilities at the ground. This can only help us in developing a strong youth policy to help get Ashfield back to the top in junior football.”

Delighted Glasgow Tigers co-promoter Colin Hamilton said: “This is really exciting news for speedway and it’s fabulous to know that the Tigers have a permanent home at last. I’d like to add my thanks to the many supporters and directors who’ve ploughed their own time and money into keeping the club going through hard times in recent years.”

Michael Facenna said: “We’re grateful to Gordon Pairman for his commitment to keeping the Tigers alive over the past decade, and for easing the transition process around our purchase of the club.”

He added: “Most people probably don’t even realise we have top motorsport here in Glasgow, but everyone we take along for the first time says it’s one of the most exciting events they’ve ever experienced.

“Already we’ve had great practical support from west coast businesses including Luddon Construction, WH Malcolm, Icam Steel, Universal Electrical and many other companies, which are helping rebuild this historic system. We’ve also had great encouragement for the project from Glasgow North Housing Association and Glasgow City Council.”
earl88

Cheers norrie , the old grandstand looks like it's coming down and the bookie enclosure to its left also, I was hoping there might have a few pics kicking around for it .
norrie

Hi Earl88, photos are being taken but wont be published for now
The stand is being re-roofed and extended, the ground at the first bend has been leveled
earl88

Again cheers norrie , looking forward to seeing what it will look like , I've good memories of the place , so it's good it will be around for a good while yet
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