‘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.