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It promises to be 12 months with a difference for Oldham Curzon as they enter their fifth season in the Premier League Northern Division.
While most teams can at some stage look forward to home advantage, Oldham will have to contend with 'home' being that of Hyde United FC who have agreed for the ladies to play their fixtures at Ewen Fields this season as work on the new stadium for Curzon Ashton FC, their male counterparts, began in earnest yesterday (9th August) as the diggers moved onto the site while the bulldozers moved onto National Park, their former home.
Speaking for the Club Graham Shuttleworth said: "It's going to be a difficult period for the Club as a whole over the next 12 months as we are without a base from which to operate.
"Our men's first team are playing at Stalybridge Celtic, our second team are at the home of another North West Counties side, while the ladies first at Hyde and the second team at the East Cheshire Harriers Stadium. In fact they are the only side that will be playing where they have been for the last two seasons."
The Club kick-off their season at the weekend with an away trip to local rivals Manchester City, and they will be looking for a vast improvement on last season when the Citizens completed the double over them.
Oldham have retained all those players from last season who featured regularly in the first team while bringing in a number of new players, following a link-up with neighbours Tameside Girls.
Shuttleworth added: "In the summer we had a formal approach from a Premier League side for Kelly Dean and we told her about their interest, but she had no hesitation in letting it be known that she had no intention of moving anywhere, which was good news for the team and a clear indication that Kelly is more than happy where she is.
"We have added Lauran Aldred to the squad, who last season played for Manchester United. She will help to strengthen our midfield.
"There are also six or so girls who have joined us from Tameside Girls after they decided to bring to an end their open age team. You could say their loss is our gain. Hopefully we shall see more players joining as they reach the open age stage.
"Having said that, it's not only the players that have come on board but also Jim Taylor who ran the open age side and continues to coach their junior teams. Jim will take charge of the second team this season.
"All-in-all, putting aside the fact that we don't have a home as such, we are looking forward to the coming season, and we shall be doing what we have done every season: not making any predictions but aiming to finish in as high as a position as we can."
New Stadium details (Picture - Artist's impression)
* 4,000 capacity
* 500 seating
* 350 covered terrace
* three pairs of changing rooms (including those for the main pitch)
* clubhouse to seat 200 at a dinner
* full-sized all-weather pitch with a third-generation playing surface
* community room for educational use
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