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Oakwell to host Man City Uefa tie

Oakwell
Oakwell has been Barnsley's home since 1888 (Getty)

Uefa have confirmed that Manchester City will play the home leg of the first qualifying round of the Uefa Cup at Barnsley's Oakwell ground.

City needed an alternative venue because of the time required for the City of Manchester Stadium pitch to recover from this summer's events.

The first leg will be Mark Hughes' first competitive game in charge.

The home leg of the first qualifying round will take place on either 16/17 or 30/31 July.

The draw takes place on 1 July.

Barnsley boss Simon Davey, who led his side to within two games of Europe when they reached last season's FA Cup semi-finals, told the club website:

It's a great coup and, maybe we can take this club into its own European adventure one day

Barnsley boss Simon Davey

"It's a fantastic honour for the club to host this game.

"It promises to be a great night of European football and should give us something to aspire to in the years to come. It's a great coup and, who knows, maybe we can take this club into its own European adventure one day."

South Yorkshire Police have said they have no objection to the match being staged at the 23,000-seater stadium.

Hughes' side were originally meant to play at Preston's Deepdale ground before the police objected.

The Premier League club, who qualified for Europe via the fair play table, have been looking for an alternative venue after the club's ground staff warned the board that the pitch would not be ready to hold a match so early.

Eastlands will spend the summer hosting concerts, boxing matches and various other events and the pitch will need time to recover in order to cope with the rigours of a full season of top-flight football.


see also
Man City claim last Uefa Cup slot
16 May 08 |  Man City


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