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DAVID Fl­itcroft says his Bury col­leagues are “the luck­i­est peo­ple alive” af­ter the Shak­ers agreed to move into Manch­ester City’s old Car­ring­ton train­ing ground.

Bury take oc­cu­pa­tion of their new sur­round­ings to­day and have il­lus­tri­ous neigh­bours with Pre­mier League gi­ants Manch­ester United also based in Car­ring­ton.

And Fl­itcroft ad­mit­ted his grat­i­tude af­ter a five-year lease was agreed with reign­ing Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons City.

“The play­ers ap­pre­ci­ate it and they’re grate­ful for this op­por­tu­nity,” he said. “We are the luck­i­est peo­ple alive.”

Bury leave a coun­cil-owned pitch at Lower Gigg and move into a com­plex that counts seven pitches, a gym, hy­drother­apy pools, a steam room and per­for­mance anal­y­sis suites.

And the Shak­ers boss, 41, who is con­sid­er­ing re­tain­ing some of the Cit­i­zens’ per­son­alised fea­tures in a bid to in­spire, is well aware of the suc­cess mapped from in­side the walls of their new home.

“The way they won the ti­tle from this build­ing is some­thing that will go down in his­tory,” Fl­itcroft added.

“I’m in­spired by see­ing some of the Manch­ester City images around the place. You can feel the pro­fes­sion­al­ism that is run­ning through the club.”

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