Glossop North End AFC will officially unveil their newly installed floodlights at their Surrey Street ground on Tuesday following their installation over the course of the summer. A special ceremony is being held at the upcoming Manchester Premier Cup game against FC United of Manchester. Where it is hoped a bumper crowd will pack into Surrey Street to join in the ceremonies and celebrations. Special guests on the night will include the local press, representatives from the football foundation, the Glossop Mayor and Mayoress and many more!
At a cost of over £70,000, the new floodlights represent a big investment for the club and a big sign of GNE moving forward off the field.
The previous floodlights were installed 25 years ago and officially unveiled with a special fixture against Oldham Athletic on the 27th January 1993. The floodlight stanchions were second hand – from a railway yard – and the installation was a mainly self-help affair. Former secretary and now Vice President of the club, Peter Hammond, remembers that time well. “It is incredible that they lasted as long as they did,” said Peter, “but it reflects great credit on the club officials and supporters of those days”
The club realised three years ago that replacement of the old floodlights was essential and that this time it had to be a very professional operation. Funding was secured through investment in the club, supporter donations and the grant application to the Football Foundation. Following a rigorous process, Abacus were selected as the contractors and planning approval was secured. The installation took place over the Summer of 2018. Chairman Dave Atkinson said, “This is the biggest project in the club’s history and I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in bringing it to a successful conclusion.”
Updated 23:38 - 8 Oct 2018 by Dan Bates