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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 June, 2005, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Glens fans want to buy The Oval
The Oval
The Oval was sold to developers two years ago for 4 million
Glentoran fans are planning to buy back The Oval from developers in the hope of securing the future of the club.

The Glens agreed a 4 million deal to sell their ground in east Belfast and accepted a 10 per cent deposit in the hope of moving to a new stadium.

But with the club nowhere near finding a site, there are fears that Glentoran could end up homeless.

Now a group called Rest in the East have launched a scheme to keep the League champions in their heartland.

"We will support any initiiative to relocate and rebuild anywhere in east Belfast," pressure group spokesman Jim Welsh told the Sunday Life.

"We will even accept a move outside the east of if all options wtihin the area have been seen to be examined and exhausted.

"But we believe we must also plan for a doomsday situation of no suitable site being found.

"In that case we should look to buy back The Oval to secure the club's future there and avoid an Ards-type scenario of selling up and being left with nowhere to go."

Glentoran fans are planning to buy back The Oval from developers in the hope of securing the future of the club.

The Glens agreed a 4 million deal to sell their ground in east Belfast and accepted a 10 per cent deposit in the hope of moving to a new stadium.

But with the club nowhere near finding a site, there are fears that Glentoran could end up homeless.

Now a group called Rest in the East have launched a scheme to keep the League champions in their heartland.

"We will support any initiative to relocate and rebuild anywhere in east Belfast," pressure group spokesman Jim Welsh told the Sunday Life.

"We will even accept a move outside the east of if all options within the area have been seen to be examined and exhausted.

"But we believe we must also plan for a doomsday situation of no suitable site being found.

"In that case we should look to buy back The Oval to secure the club's future there and avoid an Ards-type scenario of selling up and being left with nowhere to go."




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