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Objection to Housing on Dark Lane Part 4
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Old 01-11-12, 12:45   #1
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Objection to Housing on Dark Lane Part 4

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Rossendale United celebrated their centenary season in 1998–99, and until new owners (Andrew Connolly) took over at the end of the campaign, it could well have been the last season in the club’s history. New owners (Andrew Connolly) brought a fresh outlook and the clubs fortunes on and off the field took a turn for the better. At this point, Andrew Connolly insisted that a new Holding Company be formed and sold to him without the 1933 Restrictive Covenant.
The installation of Jim McCluskie as manager saw Rossendale claim the NWCFL Division one title in 2000–01, and following an excellent start in 2001–02 'Dale topped the NPL Division one table in the early stages of the campaign. Unfortunately, key players were lost through injury and the club dropped down the table but still finished a highly respectable ninth place, their highest ever finish in the non-league pyramid.
The next three seasons saw a procession of managers at the club as they all tried, and failed to repeat the success of McCluskie’s side. 2004–05 should have seen the club relegated back to the North West Counties League but an off the pitch reprieve saved them from the drop as they retained their NPL status.
Following a disappointing start to the 2005–06 season, the board acted swiftly to bring in former Ramsbottom United manager Derek Egan in an attempt to revive the club's fortunes. Egan managed this and at one point a place in the end of season play-offs looked likely as the side embarked on an impressive run of results.
2006–07 saw another good season on the pitch, but great turmoil off it. But for a bad run during February and March the club would have reached the play-offs, the side eventually finishing ninth. The future of Rossendale was once again hanging by a thread, but a new board was put together and a deal was made to save the club. The board’s first job was to retain the services of manager Derek Egan, a job they successfully achieved, so things were once again looking bright at Dark Lane as the club headed into 2007–08.
After a bad start to the season both on and off the pitch Rossendale found themselves at the bottom of the North West Counties League Premier Division (5 February 2011) and the voluntary board and backroom staff who had been running the club for around two years resigned.
In a statement from Steve Hobson, Chairman of Rossendale United, he said, "Those of us behind the scenes have fought tooth and nail, for the past two seasons to keep the club going. Our supporters know why we have resigned and I am not prepared to go into the reasons publicly. My family, friends and I have given our all to the club for many years now and we have come to a point where someone else needs to "pick up the baton and run". We wish the club well and hope that owner Andrew Connolly can find the right people to take the club further".
"The club has since been on sale for around a year now for a total of £750,000
, but there has been no real interest, and the owner, Andrew Connolly has not been willing to put any money into the club. With the club on the verge of getting repossessed by the bank, Mr Connolly needs to reinvest in the club or find a new owner."
On 15 January 2012, firefighters were called to deal with a fire in the main stand.[2]
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In June 2011, Rossendale United Supporter's Association chairman Ron Ashworth announced the possibility of a new community-based club to be formed.[3] A public meeting was then held on July 21, 2011 with the intention of holding a vote to set up a new club.[4] The vote was unanimously in support of a new club.[5] The club will be owned by fans and governed as a community or co-operative society. Supporters Direct has helped in the establishment of the new club.
A further meeting in August determined that the name of the new club be Rossendale F.C..[6]
Rossendale F.C. aimed to field a senior side for the 2012–13 season either in the West Lancashire League (level 11) or division one of the North West Counties League (level 10). The former team had been competing in the Premier Division of the North West Counties League (level 9) when it was expelled.
In April 2012 plans for the new club were abandoned.[7] This was due to lack of a ground after the Dark Lane stand burned down in January 2012.
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1. ^ "League Constitution 2011/2012". North West Counties Football League. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
2. ^ "Video: Fire devastates stand at Rossendale United FC's stadium | Manchester Evening News". 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
3. ^ BBC Sport – Rossendale United fans will look to form a new club
4. ^ Haworth, David (2011-06-24). "Open Meeting July 21st - Rossendale United FC". Retrieved 2012-08-16.
5. ^ Rossendale Free Press – Rossendale United take the first step to a new future
6. ^ 2011-08-25 Pitchero - Create a free sports website for your Club, League or County – Free Club Website Rossendale-united- Result of new club name
7. ^ "Plans for a new Rossendale United FC are abandoned | Manchester Evening News". 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
8. ^ a b Rossendale United at the Football Club History Database
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Plans to create a new football club from the ashes of Rossendale United have been abandoned.
The team’s supporters’ association was looking into plans to create a new club after the club was disbanded in June 2011 amid financial difficulties. A further blow came when a huge fire devastated the historic wooden stand at Dark Lane in January.
The association even registered the new club, Rossendale FC, with the Financial Services Authority but say they have had to defer plans indefinitely after being unable to find partner club.
The group also say they have had limited interest from Rossendale council in finding a site for a new stadium and will now de-register the club to avoid mounting costs.
Spokesman Ron Ashworth said a meeting was held to explain the situation, but the supporters’ group would continue to operate. He said: “Of course we’re sad about it but we’re also concerned about plans to build houses at the site, it should be kept as a football stadium.”
Plans have been announced for 50 homes at the site but a planning application has not yet been submitted. The association will continue to support Rossendale United Juniors and look for partners to form the new club.”


A large proportion of the Rossendale United supporters in the crowd of 12000 fans who attended the FA Cup match at Gigg Lane against Bolton Wanderers in 1972 are still alive and taking a close interest in the response of Rossendale Borough Council to this application. Rossendale United is still represented by the Junior Club and it is not inconceivable that a new adult team could be developed but only if they have somewhere to play. Dark Lane was our home for over 113 seasons. At first sight, if this application is rejected due to the loss of amenity, the owner, Andrew Connolly could allow the place to rot, ploughing up the field and selling the floodlights to scrap merchants. However, if this application is rejected, it is very possible that the creditors including HM Customs and Excise or the Banks will foreclose on the Property resulting in the ground being put onto the market as recreational land.

We expect this Objection will result in further representations from Maze Planning Solutions and we would hope that we can respond in due course.


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Ron why 4 threads?
Could you not have simply posted 4 times in one thread?
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Another item from my childhood memories of Rossendale to disappear. Used to go with my father who refereed there. Still recall the pokey small officials changing room and the shared bath. A packet of Smiths crisps and a Vimto at half time.
When the old man was not refereeing used walk up the narrow pathway from the Bacup rd opposite Henry Holts wood yard to get to Dark Lane. Happy childhood memories from the 50's.
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Could you not have simply posted 4 times in one thread?
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