FC UNITED of Manchester’s Broadhurst Park stadium is set to open in February, five months later than scheduled due to construction delays.

The non-league club had hoped to unveil their 4,400-capacity ground and community complex in Moston in September – a month after the start of the current season.

After Manchester’s driest summer in almost a decade presented problems in laying the playing surface, the grand opening of the £5.5 million site was then delayed until December.

But with seats not fully installed, issues with steel work and safety measures still to be carried out, FC boss Karl Marginson says it is likely to be mid-February before any football can be played at their new home.

“On site, we haven’t got anywhere where you can store things, so we have to co-ordinate materials arriving. It’s taking that little bit longer,” he added.

The club website is appealing for any fans with trade experience who can assist in any way to speed up the completion process.

The decision for the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division club to build their own stadium was first made in 2010, with the club drawing average attendances of 2,000 at home matches.

Planning permission from Manchester City Council was granted in October 2011, but a legal battle with Moston residents prompted a two-year delay to building work.

FC United v Nantwich Town at Bury's Gigg Lane (March 2014)
Temporary stay: FC United played their football at Gigg Lane, the home of League Two outfit Bury FC

FC United, who play in the seventh tier of English football, had shared Bury’s Gigg Lane Stadium until the end of the 2013-14 season since their formation in 2005 by Manchester United supporters who opposed Malcolm Glazier’s controversial takeover of the Old Trafford club.

Their home games were staged at Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold ground until earlier this month when a move to Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium was authorised because of fixture clashes.

The project to build the ground on the Ronald Johnson Playing Fields in Greater Manchester has been funded by club members as well as donations and grants.

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