chapter  9
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‘Come Home’: The Stadium, Locality and Community at FC United of Manchester

Cultural geographer John Bale has argued that ‘it is almost impossible to deal

with club-community relations without focusing on the changing geographical

and social role of the football stadium’ (Bale 2000b: 91). He also states that the

stadium is a sports facility that always generates both positive and negative

effects on the broader urban community and the local/neighbourhood commun-

ity as well as on fans.