The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

ROCHDALE chair­man Chris Dun­phy ad­mit­ted ten years of hard work had all been worth it as the club se­cured full own­er­ship of Spot­land sta­dium.

This week, it was an­nounced that Rochdale Coun­cil will re­lin­quish its shares in the com­pany that owns and man­ages the 96year-old sta­dium.

Those shares will be trans­ferred to the club, with the coun­cil re­cov­er­ing its orig­i­nal £100,000 out­lay,” said Dun­phy.

“I, on be­half of the board of di­rec­tors, would like to thank fans for their sup­port and un­der­stand­ing dur­ing this long process.

“It has been our de­sire for the last ten years to se­cure a deal to re­gain own­er­ship of Spot­land and we are de­lighted to reach a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion, hav­ing pur­chased the shares from Rochdale Metropoli­tan Bor­ough Coun­cil and the Rugby League Fa­cil­i­ties Trust.

“We now own 100 per cent of shares in the Sta­dium Com­pany.

“The board has worked tire­lessly dur­ing that time to bring our vi­sion to fruition and this is a proud day in the club’s his­tory.

“Spot­land Sta­dium re­mains the largest sport­ing venue within Rochdale bor­ough and its ac­qui­si­tion is a huge stride for­ward for the club. It presents a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand the vi­tal in­come streams mov­ing for­wards.”

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