Bright future off the pitch at Railway

hsb  Railway Athletic new clubhouse feature.  (120223M4a)
hsb Railway Athletic new clubhouse feature. (120223M4a)

HARROGATE Railway’s new state-of-the-art clubhouse will open its doors to the public on Monday.

Showing the Advertiser around the development, chairman Mick Gray, believes it will breathe new life into the club both on and off the pitch.

Three all-weather pitches will also be constructed at the back of new the build. The overall cost will be £1m.

“Without a doubt if this didn’t take place the club would have died,” said Mr Gray.

“We can now look to the future, which I think will be bright. There were many people who thought this day would never happen, but it has.”

Half of the money was raised by the sale of land, currently home to The Dagger, which will close tomorrow night, and a 71-bed specialist dementia care centre, built in its place.

The rest came from sporting grants and club fundraising. The artificial pitches will be finished in the summer and open to hire seven days a week.

Mr Gray said The Dagger will be given a good send off.

“It will be remembered by a lot of the Harrogate sporting fraternity,” he added. “But we needed to take this step forward for the good of the club.”

On the pitch the first team is currently struggling near the foot of the Evo-Stick First Division.

They face a must-win game tomorrow when Yorkshire rivals Ossett Albion visit Station View.

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